Because of the coronavirus emergency, field trips are subject to "social distancing" guidelines, with no carpooling unless otherwise indicated. According to the Virginia Dept. of Health, "If you have tested positive for COVID-19, stay home and isolate for at least 5 days from the date your symptoms began. Wear a well-fitting mask when you are around others at home. If you are fever-free and other symptoms have improved after 5 days, you may leave isolation if you can continue to mask for 5 additional days to minimize the risk of infecting others." Basic driving directions accompany the meeting places (which for now are by definition the same as the trip destinations) in the list below.
The Augusta Bird Club organizes field trips throughout the year, usually two or three in most months. There are usually fewer such trips during the coldest winter months (January and February) and the hottest summer months (July and August), which is after breeding season when the singing frequency of most bird species declines, making them harder to find. Ordinarily, we meet at a designated location in our near Staunton or Waynesboro and then drive to the destination by "carpooling." Some of the most popular destinations include the Blue Ridge Parkway, Augusta Springs, and McCormick's Mill. Those who participate in field trips are expected to observe Birding Etiquette rules. 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.
NOTE: See below for instructions on how to add a field trip to the existing list.
|Date||Destination / Name of event||Meeting Place *||Time||Coordinator(s)|
|SUNDAY, November 12th||Augusta Springs Wetlands||parking lot along Rt. 42||8:00||Allen Larner|
|Wednesday, November 15th||McCormick Farm||parking lot at the mill||9:00||Jo King|
|Saturday, November 18th||Chimney Hollow trail (hike)||Food Lion parking lot, 600 N. Coalter St., Staunton||9:00||Andrew Clem|
* (if different than the destination)
"DO IT YOURSELF!" The form below serves as an interface that allows authorized members of the Augusta Bird Club to make updates to the list of field trips on this Web site themselves, without having to go through the Web master. (Eventually, it may become possible to update club-related news stories with this system as well.) Regular field trip leaders (who are listed below) may use the form below to add a field trip to the list above, after consulting with Allen Larner and/or Jo King to prevent. Newly-added field trips are automatically placed at the end of the list. When you are sure you have entered the correct information in the forms below, click the appropriate "Submit" button. If any corrections are necessary, please contact the Webmaster at agclem_AT_comcast.net.