Upcoming Events

 

June 5, 2017, Monday - Meeting, Lancaster Community Library at 3:15pm with Patti Reum, VSO Kestrel Nesting Box Program


Patti Reum is a a wildlife biologist who has worked in Canada, Maryland and Virginia as well as teaching math and science for 18 years. She has been involved in many bird projects in Virginia, including the Golden Chase Project (working with biologists at the Center for Conservation Biology) where a Golden Eagle was trapped and fitted with a telemetry device. Many Virginians donated to this project and followed the migration of “Virgil Caine” for four consecutive years. She has also assisted the Golden-winged Warbler research project done by Virginia Commonwealth University. Now “retired”, she spends much of her time working on the American Kestrel Nesting Box Project. She is Vice President of the Bath-Highland Bird Club and a board member of the Virginia Society of Ornithology where she serves as the Conservation Committee Chair.


She will present a program on the American Kestrel Nesting Box Project, at the NNAS program Monday, June 5. The kestrel has shown population decreases because of loss of grassland habitat, loss of nesting cavities and use of insecticides and pesticides on agricultural fields. The Project’s goal is to provide nesting boxes in suitable habitats where kestrels are found throughout Virginia. She will show photos of the project and present information on the habitat and biology of this fascinating and valuable species. She will also describe a monitoring program just started in fall of 2016 to keep track of the nesting success of kestrels using the Highland County boxes.

NNAS meetings are held in the large meeting room on the second floor of Lancaster Community Library at 16 Town Centre Drive, in Kilmarnock. We begin with refreshments at 3:15pm and start the program at 3:30pm.

All programs are free and open to the public.


June 12, 2017, Monday -  Bird Walk, Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve


On Monday, June 12, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at 9:00 a.m. led by Melissa Gross at Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve in Northumberland County.


This preserve is one of the Northern Neck’s many hidden gems.   At the mouth of Bush Mill Stream, fresh water meets the salt water of the Great Wicomico River.  The preserve offers forested and tidal habitats and an observation platform overlooking fresh to brackish tidal marshes and mud flats.  Possible sightings include great blue herons, swallows, belted kingfishers, warblers, bald eagles, osprey, wood ducks, and river otters.


Directions are as follows: From Kilmarnock, take Rt. 200 North towards Burgess. At Wicomico Church, turn left onto Browns Store Rd/Rt 609.  Turn Right on Light St/Rt 610.  Turn left on Knights Run Rd/Rt 642.  Follow 642 until you see the sign for Bush Mill on the right From Route 360 in Heathsville, take Courthouse Rd/Rt 201 South.  Go 3.4 miles and turn left onto Knight’s Run Rd/Rt 642.  The preserve entrance is 0.3 miles on the left.



June 24, 2017, Saturday -  Bird Walk, Voorhees Nature Preserve


Details coming soon.