Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will host the Virginia Society of Ornithology for their 2013 Annual Meeting from April 26 - 28 in Loudoun this year. Perhaps other Nature Lovers would be interested in attending. The schedule promises a lot of great lectures and field trip opportunites. Given the proximity, you can decide whether to spend the night out there for one or two nights or in your own bed. Perhaps we can coordinate a carpool from Arlington.
The weekend includes engaging programs, exhibits, vendors, papers presentations and of course – great birding! Spring birding in the northern Piedmont is always interesting offering local specialties, unexpected rarities as well as migrants amidst beautiful spring wildflowers in a wide range of habitats in close proximity.
At 6 PM on Friday evening there will be a social mixer with light plates and a cash bar. After a brief business meeting at 7 PM, three past Presidents of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society will present, Identifying Warblers, the “Jewels of the Eastern Forest”. This presentation will cover nearly every warbler species that breeds in or migrates through Maryland and Virginia. Identification pointers and songs of birds in spring are emphasized. On Saturday morning they will lead a bird walk in nearby Maryland along the Potomac River.
Prior to the banquet on Saturday evening there will be a reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar where people will be able to meet the banquet speaker, Julie Zickefoose. Julie is a widely published natural history writer and artist. Her observations on the natural history and behavior of birds are derived from more than three decades of experience in the field and as a wildlife rehabilitator. Her most recently published book, The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds,is about the unexpected mental and emotional capacities of birds, especially songbirds.