Woodcock watch, a new walk, and DCAS speaks up!
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American Woodcock. Photo: Fyn Kynd
Woodcock Walks 

The American Woodcock is on full display on spring nights with the males’ "sky dance" ritual. Just after sunset, males can be seen performing daring acrobatic feats to attract a mate. The dance typically begins just after sunset with a series of buzzy, nasal "peent" sounds while still on the ground, then males take flight in circles 200-350 feet into the sky while their wings make a twittering sound, before diving back to the ground to start over again. Truly a sight not to be missed!

 DC Audubon is hosting woodcock walks on Saturday, March 9 at 5:30 p.m. and Monday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. Attendance is limited; register online to reserve your spot!
March bird walk at National Arboretum

Join DC Audubon for a walk at the National Arboretum. We hope to see raptors, woodpeckers, and year-round residents of the park like Carolina Chickadees and Tufted Titmice. If we are lucky, we may even see a Purple Finch or a Yellow-rumped Warbler. And of course, we will be keeping our eyes out for "Mr. President" and "First Lady," the pair of Bald Eagles at the National Arboretum.

Meet at the main parking lot by the R Street entrance, and we'll explore the grasslands by the Capitol Columns and search the surrounding forests for early spring birds.

As always, please be mindful of weather conditions, dress and hydrate appropriately, and use caution when traveling to new or unfamiliar birding locations. Tickets are available two weeks before the event.

DCAS speaks up about proposed site for Georgetown University Solar Project

We recently became aware of a solar project proposed by Georgetown University that would be built in Charles County, MD. While we commend Georgetown for their commitment to clean energy, we believe the site is not appropriate. The project calls for the removal of a large tract of ecologically high-value forest and will have a number of adverse environmental impacts including more fragmentation of the Nanjemoy Important Bird Area and pollution of local streams. We joined other conservation groups and local residents in urging Georgetown to find another location, and have requested that a public hearing on the issue be held in DC. Our comment letter to officials at Georgetown and Maryland’s Department of the Environment can be found on our website:
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