Meetings
and programs

WHEN: 7:00 P.M., on the second Monday of each month

WHERE: Covenant Presbyterian Church
2001 North Coalter St.
Staunton, VA


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Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, from September through April. Meetings usually start at 7:00 p.m. and begin with reports of recent notable bird sightings made by club members. Each meeting includes a featured program given by prominent bird experts, wildlife photographers, conservationists, and others. Guests are always welcome to join us! Meetings are held in the Fellowship Hall of Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Each May we have an outdoor gathering / picnic on a Saturday morning, in lieu of the regular meeting, with food and short birding walks. This year's picnic was on Saturday May 18, at Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro. Each December we have a Christmas party at the regular meeting place; check the newsletter to be sure about the place and time.


"50 for 50" sponsors

As part of the celebration of the August Bird Club's 50th Anniversary, we are holding a drawing for a door prize at each of our meetings during the 2016-2017 year. You must be a club member and present at the meeting to be eligible. "50 for 50" refers to the usual value ($50) of the door prize, though in some cases it may worth more than that. We appreciate the donations from area business establishments, and encourage our members to patronize them.

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Directions to meeting place

Covenant Presbyterian Church is located at 2001 North Coalter Street, a few blocks north of Lee High School on the northeast side of Staunton. For those driving toward Staunton on I-81, take Exit 225, head east toward town for about two miles along the Woodrow Wilson Parkway, then turn left on Route 11, bear right at the fork in the road, entering Staunton along Augusta Street, and then bear left onto North Coalter Street. The church is immediately to your left.

Prior to January 2012, the club regularly met in the Lifetime Building / Blue Ridge Community College Education Center, on the campus of Augusta Health in Fishersville, Virginia.

ABC meeting Jan. 2013

The January 2013 meeting, at which Ed Lawler showed photos of the trip he and his wife Nancy took to Northern Tanzania.



Past (and upcoming) programs

Month Topic Speaker
May 2017 Annual club picnic: Saturday, May ?? at TBA
April 2017 Purple Martin colonies Dr. Mixon Darracott
March 2017 Baby Bird Identification Maureen Eiger
February 2017 Penguin Species of the World Dr. Harold Heatwole
January 2017 Birding Around the World Dr. John Spahr
December 2016 Annual Holiday party BEGINS AT 6:30
November 2016 Migrating and Overwintering Waterfowl in the Shenandoah Valley Dr. Dick Rowe
October 2016 Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Dr. Ashley Peele
September 2016 The Eastern Screech Owl in Virginia and Beyond Dr. John Spahr
May 2016 Annual club picnic: Saturday, May 14 at Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro
April 2016 Virginia Natural History Museum's future branch in Waynesboro Joe Kieper
March 2016 Chesapeake Bay Foundation Bobby Whitescarver
February 2016 Birding in Thailand Bill Leaning
January 2016 Appreciating Birds Through Art Peg Sheridan
December 2015 Annual Holiday party BEGINS AT 6:30
November 2015 Birding in Patagonia Ed Lawler
October 2015 Birding in southern Arizona Andrew Clem
September 2015 Experiences at Audubon summer camp Gabriel Mapel
May 2015 Annual club picnic: Saturday, May 16 at Natural Chimneys
April 2015 Birding Ethiopia Steve Rannels, Naturalist and photographer
March 2015 Bobwhite restoration Justin Folks, Va. Dept. of Games & Inland Fish.
February 2015 South River mercury project Calvin Jordan, Va. Dept. of Env. Qual.
January 2015 Effect of Climate Change on Birds Leslie Grady, Jr.
December 2014 Annual Holiday party BEGINS AT 6:30
November 2014 "America's Other Audubon" (book) Joy Kiser
October 2014 Photographs of Global Wildlife Marshall Faintich
September 2014 Hummingbirds: The Americas' Avian Jewels Dr. John Spahr
May 2014 Annual club picnic: Sunday, May 4th at 3:00 p.m. at Natural Chimneys
April 2014 Wildlife Center of Virginia Ed Clark
March 2014 Audubon Society's Project Puffin Doug Rogers
February 2014 In-flight Owl Photography Made Simple Kevin Shank
January 2014 eBird, Apps, Digi-scoping, and Point-and-shoot Photography Vic Laubach, Brenda Tekin, Peter Nebel
December 2013 Annual Holiday party -
November 2013 Birding myths, musings, and mirth -- a farrago of fiction, fact and fun John Spahr
October 2013 Cerulean Warblers Katie Fallon
September 2013 Vultures of the Allegheny Highlands Keith Carsen
May 2013 Annual club picnic: 8 A.M., Sat. May 18 -
April 2013 The Brazilian Pantanal Dick Kieffer
March 2013 Natural Chimneys Park Edith Kretch
February 2013 Birding on Machias Seal Island Laura Beltran
January 2013 Ed Lawler Two Weeks in Northern Tanzania
December 2012 Annual Holiday party John Spahr
November 2012 Water in the Landscape Tish & Keith Folsom
October 2012 New Zealand, the Living Land Dr. William H. D. Leaning
September 2012 Keeping Augusta County Bird Friendly Sara S. Hollberg, AICP
May 2012 (Annual club picnic) -
April 2012 My 2011 Junior Big Year Gabriel Mapel
March 2012 Wild & Weird Birds Of The World John Spahr
February 2012 Birds of the Vredefort Dome Dr. Erwin Bohmfalk
January 2012 Birds of Colombia Jim Nix
November 2011 Wilderness Sojourn in Svalbard, the Arctic archipelago Ken & Marcelle Klotz
October 2011 Banding migrating Saw Whet Owls. Clair Mellinger, Ph.D.
September 2011 Hawk Migration at Rockfish Gap Breda Tekin
April 2011 An Appreciation of Birdsongs Wil Hershberger
March 2011 South Florida & Sanibel Island Brenda Tekin
February 2011 My Big Year of Birding Dr. John Spahr, M.D.
January 2011 Birds of Qatar Peter Nebel
November 2010 Birds of Wintergreen Marshall Faintich, Ph.D.
October 2010 Birding in Australia Richard Kiefer, Ph.D.
September 2010 Managing for Early Successional Bird Species on Private Lands Kenneth Kesson
April 2010 As the World Turns, The Complex Lives of "Simple" Birds Paul Callo
March 2010 Birds of Korea Peter Nebel
February 2010 (cancelled due to snow) .
January 2010 Friends of Shenandoah Mountain Lynn Cameron
November 2009 Birding Cuba Dr. John Spahr, M.D.
October 2009 Panama Teta Kain
September 2009 Photos from Magee Marsh Brenda Tekin
April 2009 Birding in China Bob Ake
March 2009 Migratory birds and wildlife conservation in Peru Andrew Clem
February 2009 Birds of New Guinea Dr. John Spahr
January 2009 Social Systems in Manakins Dr. Mercedes Foster (USGS)
November 2008 Bats in Virginia Rick Reynolds (VDGIF)
October 2008 What's Bugging You? Dr. Arthur Evans
September 2008 Bluebird Basics Anne Little
April 2008 Birding travels to Mexico, etc. Stauffer Miller
March 2008 Land Below the Wind (Borneo, Malay Peninsula) Peggy Spiegel Opengari
February 2008 Through The Camera's Lens Bob Schamerhorn
January 2008 When Birds Collide Carla Dove, Ph.D.

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