New bird walks scheduled!
We have TWO walks this month--including our annual meeting of members! Plus details for the November walk.
This weekend, we've rescheduled our walk at Fletcher's Cove at 8AM on Sunday. Fletcher’s Cove Boathouse offers diverse woodland and river habitat. Species of interest will be Wood Ducks, Belted Kingfishers, terns, raptors, and possibly migrating warblers. We will meet by the Fletcher's Cove Boathouse. Parking is available, but spaces are limited. You can find directions here: http://www.fletcherscove.com/directions.htm. Get your ducks in a row and register early!
On October 20th, we'll be at Rock Creek Park. Join us at 8:30 for our walk, and then stay for bagels and coffee at our annual meeting of members at 10AM. November 17th, you can sleep late and meet us at 10AM for a walk at Anacostia Park--home to some of DC's resident Wild Turkeys, just in time for Thanksgiving!
As always, please be mindful of weather conditions, dress and hydrate appropriately, and use caution when traveling to new or unfamiliar birding locations. Registration will go live two weeks before each walk.
New Volunteer Opportunities!
Restore Bird Habitat on Kingman Islands
We're proud to announce our first volunteer opportunity. Volunteer help is needed to restore the habitat of Kingman and Heritage Islands. The islands are overrun by bush honeysuckle and Japanese Knotweed, plants known to crowd out native plants, with almost no wildlife value. You will learn how to identify invasive plants, and how to treat them, and at the end the event there will be a walk around the islands to show some already restored habitats, look for birds, and to view the amazing wild rice marsh.
When: November 10th. 9:30am-12:00pm.
Where: Meet at the entrance off Benning Rd (https://goo.gl/maps/7UddzWkmYsz). The closest Metro is Stadium Armory. This site is very bike-accessible. If driving, you can park at the golf course across the street, or along the path on Kingman Island.
What to bring: Water, sunscreen, long pants, and shirt. There is very little poison ivy on the Island, but if you're sensitive, bring ivy treatment. Personal gloves and tools are optional but there are some for borrowing at the site.
Sign up: Here
Smithsonian Focus on Urban Wildlife
The Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute has launched a collaborative initiative known as the DC Wildlife Survey and Cat Count to use research tools such as camera trapping and population models to learn about cats and other mammals living in highly urban areas such as Washington, DC. Using motion-sensing cameras and wildlife reporting apps such as iNaturalist, SI researchers—working with the Humane Rescue Alliance, PetSmart Charities, and the Humane Society of the U.S.—will be conducting a first of its kind study to learn about these populations within the district. Wildlife cameras will be set up to capture high quality photos of animals outside, and the data will be used to develop a better understanding of the size of the outdoor cat population and other mammals living in Washington.
If you live within the District of Columbia and are interested in participating by allowing a camera to be set up on your property, please sign up on the eMammal form here. Camera trapping will go on during the warmer months and in areas all across DC. Cameras will be in position for two to four weeks, and SCBI and Humane Rescue Alliance staff will place and take down all the cameras.
Lights Out DC
Lights Out DC is recruiting new volunteers for this season. During migratory seasons, Lights Out DC volunteers walk downtown Washington to inspect buildings and collect dead or injured migratory birds that have collided with glass. Injured birds are monitored and released or taken to City Wildlife’s rehabilitation center if their injuries are more severe. Dead birds are tagged and saved. The statistics are used to convince building owners and managers to adopt light abatement procedures for the sake of migrating birds. For those interested in volunteering, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.