For additional information on upcoming field trips, such as whether to bring snacks or a bag lunch, and the need to dress appropriately for the weather, please consult the current Newsletter.
"DO IT YOURSELF!" Members may use the form on the Update page to post a forthcoming field trip on on the list above, as long as it has been approved by Allen Larner or Jo King. Newly-added field trips are automatically placed at the end of the list. If any corrections are necessary, please contact the Webmaster at agclem_AT_comcast.net.
|Date||Destination||Meeting Place *||Time||Coordinator(s)|
|July 12||Hearthstone Lake area||Food Lion, N. Coalter St. in Staunton||7:30 AM||Andrew Clem|
|July 20||Hearthstone Lake area||Food Lion, N. Coalter St. in Staunton||07:00 AM||Andrew Clem|
|August 21||McCormick's Mill in Raphine, Va.||McDonald's at the Staunton Mall on Rte 11 South to car pool or at the Mill by 9:00AM||08:30 AM||Jo King|
|September 7||Falls Hollow, Elliott Knob (hike to the top?)||Dollar General (ex-Big Lots) parking lot on W. Beverley St. in Staunton||07:00 AM||Andrew Clem|
|September 18||McCormick's Mill||behind McDonald's parking lot at Staunton Mall or at 9:00 AM at the Mill.||08:30 AM||Jo King|
|September 18||Riverheads High School (Chimney Swifts!)||Staunton Mall, JC Penney parking lot||6:30 PM||Penny Warren|
|September 21||Blue Ridge Parkway (and later to Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch Open House)||Food Lion parking lot, N. Coalter Street in Staunton||07:30 AM||Andrew Clem|
* (if different than the destination)
Each year the Virginia Society of Ornithology conducts a foray, focusing on a specific area of Virginia during a week-long period, usually in June. The 2013 foray was conducted in neighboring Rockbridge County, and the 2014 foray is being conducted in the Dragon Run area of Middlesex and King & Queen Counties. For more information, see virginiabirds.net.
The Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch begins each year around the middle of August and runs through the end of November. Jointly coordinated by Brenda Tekin and Victor Laubach, it is held on the grounds of the Inn at Afton, located on the southern side of Rockfish Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains, right off I-64 exit 99 (at the intersections with Rt 250, the southern end of the Skyline Drive and the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway) just 5 miles east of Waynesboro and 20 miles west of Charlottesville. The hawk watch provides panoramic views of the gap and both the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the Piedmont Region to the east. Be sure to bring your binoculars, a lawn chair and sunscreen! We'd love to have you visit and experience the raptor migration (and help us spot the hawks)!
For further information or questions please visit the Web site: www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org!
Every year members of the Augusta Bird Club participate in the international Christmas Bird Count, under the auspices of the National Audubon Society. This survey covers precisely defined areas, and special protocols are observed to ensure that data gathered is consistent from year to year. There are two such areas in Augusta County:
Augusta County CBC Coordinator: Allen Larner ( birdergonewild_AT_yahoo.com)
Waynesboro CBC Coordinator: Crista Cabe (ccabe_AT_mbc.edu)
The survey results, along with analytical articles, are published in a special magazine supplement.
The BSD is usually held in late April, at the peak of spring migration season, when the maximum number of bird species are present in Augusta County. Participants can choose their own areas, coordinating with Allen Larner. ( birdergonewild_AT_yahoo.com)
As with the CBC, special protocols are observed. The survey begins in the pre-dawn hours, searching for owls, and lasts all day. This event is also coordinated by Allen Larner. ( birdergonewild_AT_yahoo.com)