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Snow Goose. Photo: Jerry Kirkhart/Flickr
Weekend Walk--New Location!

This walk was originally scheduled to take place at Hains Point, but that location is closed during the federal government shutdown. Rather than watching the government operating status, we are going to relocate to Constitution Gardens on the National Mall for DC Audubon's first walk of the new year.

Constitution Gardens will give us the opportunity to see a wide variety of bird life within the context of many of our city's finest monuments and memorials. In addition to waterfowl, gulls, and Great Blue Herons, we'll be watching for winter residents like nuthatches, woodpeckers, and kinglets. 

Directions

We'll meet at the corner of 17th and Constitution Avenue NW (southwest corner) at 8:00 am. Constitution Gardens is accessible by metro. Nearby stations include Smithsonian and Federal Triangle on the Orange/Blue/Silver lines, as well as Metro Center and Farragut North on the Red line. 

Weather notice: The weather is expected to be COLD on Saturday, with temperatures below freezing for the duration of our walk. Please dress in layers, including warm hats, socks, shoes, and gloves. Birdwatching is not a fast-paced activity, so we recommend extra insulation. Also, restrooms may be closed on the National Mall because of the government shutdown. There's a chance we will not stay out for the full two hours.

We encourage you to monitor the forecast, including the risk of snow later in the day on Saturday, and be safe if you decide to venture out for some winter birdwatching. As always, please be mindful of weather conditions, dress and hydrate appropriately, and use caution when traveling to new or unfamiliar birding locations.


Climate Watch

Audubon’s new community science program, Climate Watch, aims to document species’ responses to climate change by having volunteers in the field look for birds where Audubon’s climate models project they should be in the 2020s. Check out the Climate Watch website for more information including a short video describing the program, a one-page description of the program, and more.
 
Sign up here if you’re interested in learning more about how you can participate in the program by surveying for bluebirds or nuthatches in the DC area this January 15 through February 15.

New eBird Feature!
From the Cornell Lab of Orinithology: "eBird introduced a new class of maps that show where North American birds are, and how they’re doing, at a finer scale than has ever been possible before. Using sightings from more than 12 million eBird checklists and satellite data from NASA, the new eBird Status and Trends analyses take the idea of a field guide range map and supercharge it—using data and models to estimate bird abundance every 1.7 miles and every week of the year across most of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico." Learn more, and track 107 species, here
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