Intro to Birdwatching is BACK!! And we have t-shirts!
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Downy Woodpecker. Photo: Flickr/Fyn Kynd
October Bird Walk & Annual Meeting of Members
The Board of Directors of DC Audubon invites all members to join in a morning of birding and camaraderie in Rock Creek Park at our annual meeting and field trip bird walk on October 19, 2019.

Our annual meeting coincides with Global Big Day and a prime time to see late fall migrants like Yellow-rumped, Palm, and Blackpoll warblers and early winter arrivals including White-throated Sparrows, Purple Finches, and kinglets. The bird walk will start at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Pavilion #13. Following the bird walk, we will gather in the pavilion at 10:00 a.m. to socialize and elect new directors to the board. Enjoy bagels and sandwiches while mingling with your fellow Audubon members and board members.  If you're unsure if you're a member but want to participate in voting and electing new members to the board, then it’s time to check your membership! To become a member or renew your membership with DC Audubon, join National Audubon Society, which includes a membership to DC Audubon and a one-year subscription to Audubon Magazine. Be sure to select “D75” as your Chapter Identification Code.

We hope you can join us! As always, please use caution when traveling to new locations.  Get your ducks in a row and register here.

Get your plumage ready for fall: We have t-shirts!
Show your love for DC Audubon by ordering a t-shirt with a custom-designed logo featuring DC's state bird--the wood thrush! Women's, men's, toddler's and onesie designs are available by clicking on this link.  Orders must be placed by October 31st and will be shipped directly to you in mid-November. Please note the image in the pictures is slightly distorted in size on the website; the actual products will look great on you and definitely make you cool.  The shirt designs and colors cannot be altered. These shirts will make a great holiday gift!  Please note, if you ordered using the old link, you're fine!  Just a mixup on the vendor's end but you'll get your stuff!

Big thanks to Michelle McCoskey for the design! 

Attention fledgling birdwatchers: Introduction to Birdwatching Course is back!!
Are you interested in learning more about birds and how to identify them? Do you enjoy exploring Washington, DC’s wonderful habitats but aren’t sure what you’re seeing flying through them?

DC Audubon is pleased to announce our fourth Introduction to Birdwatching course designed to introduce you to the joys of birdwatching in the nation’s capital. The course includes a classroom session that covers the basics of birding in DC and a field trip that will help you put what you learn into practice. No previous birding experience is necessary. Dates and times are below. 

Classroom: November 2, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, National Audubon Society Offices

Field trip: November 3, 2019, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Rock Creek Park Nature Center

The course is free, but we encourage you to consider supporting DC Audubon with a voluntary donation. Registration begins on Sunday, October 13, at 8:00 am. In the past, this class has filled up quickly, so mark your calendars to reserve your spot. 

Visit us at the Festival del Rio Anacostia!
We'll be at the Festival del Rio Anacostia at the Anacostia Waterfront Park in Bladensburg, Maryland! We will be talking birds with the attendees and looking at the many birds in the Anacostia River.  This annual event will be on Saturday, October 12th, 11AM-4PM at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg. The event’s main goal is to improve the well-being of Latino residents of the Anacostia Watershed through environmental engagement.  Learn more here

Learn more about the Rock Creek Park Urban Bird Garden
Explore the Rock Creek Nature Center bird-friendly native plant garden,  and you may see Tiger Swallowtails, Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, and Milkweed Tiger Moths -- just a few of the denizens of this small but vibrant space. Steve Dryden, DC Audubon board member and director of the Rock Creek Songbirds project, will discuss native species in the garden and how they interact with wildlife. He will also talk about the development of the Nature Center garden and answer questions about creating a bird- and wildlife-friendly preserve in your backyard or neighborhood park. There will also be an opportunity to help with fall clean-up of the garden (tools will be provided). The Nature Center site includes “Water-wise” features such as previous pavers and two rain gardens, and how-to instructions to install your own. Join us on October 13th!

Volunteer Opportunity:  Share Your Bird Pics!
Are you a budding photographer who loves taking photos of birds around the District? DC Audubon is looking for folks to contribute to our Instagram , @dcaudubonsociety! If snapping photos of birds and writing fun captions sounds like your cup of towhee, email us for details.

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