Roanoke Valley Bird Club

Celebrating 59 Years of Birding

BIG SPRING DAY - SATURDAY, MAY 7th
To participate, contact Barry Whitt at 540-309-4353 or Carol Whitt at 540632-6523 or you may email us at 540carolc@gmail.com . Let us know if you prefer to drive or hike. We will assign everyone to their territories and provide all of the information you will need for the day.

Late April through mid-May in the mountains of Virginia is about as good as it gets for spring birding. Migrating birds are heading north from the tropics to northern breeding grounds. Birds that spend the entire year here are setting up territories and pairing up to breed which makes them more active, vocal and easier to observe in their bright spring plumages. Each spring at the height of this migration, the Roanoke Valley Bird Club teams up with the Lynchburg Bird Club to do a census of birds in our area – Big Spring Day. The count (yes, we count each and every bird), done rain or shine, is centered in an area around the Peaks of Otter and covers specific territories within a 7 ½ mile radius of the Peaks. Small groups are assigned to each of the territories. Most of the areas require very little or no walking (driving the territory and stopping when you see activity or just walking short distances from your car to observe and listen). A couple of the territories require hiking for several hours. We will include at least one experienced birder with every team. This is a great opportunity for beginning birders – your eyes and ears can help locating birds while others can assist in the identification. We will gather on Saturday, May 7th in your assigned territory with your team starting between 7:00 and 8:00 AM. At noon, all participants gather at Harvey’s Knob for a picnic lunch and a tally of what has been seen. Bring your own food and drink. After lunch, teams may go back and finish their territory, search for a reported rarity or just call it a day and head home. Please join us for a fun day of birding. It’s an opportunity to meet new birders, discover new birding territories and, maybe, see a bird you have never seen before.

Save the date! 

The Roanoke Valley Bird Club is hosting the 2016 Virginia Society of Ornithology’s Annual Meeting April 29-May 1, 2016.You don’t have to be a VSO or RVBC member to attend.  In addition to lots of field trips around the Roanoke area Saturday and Sunday mornings, you can also enjoy keynote speaker Pete Dunne at Saturday night’s banquet.  But for now, make plans to attend this fun event!

To learn more: 2016 VSO Annual Meeting in Roanoke, VA

Next Meeting:
May 9, 7 PM
Grandin Court Baptist Church

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Membership
Members receive a monthly newsletter, our source of information about upcoming programs and field trips as well as the latest in birding facts and news.

Join the Club
When you join, we will send you the most recent newsletter and invite you to our next meeting or field trip. To complete a membership form, click on Membership Application. Note: Memberships are effective beginning September 1 of the ensuing year. Memberships received after June 1 will be applied to the following year.

Programs
Our club meets each second Monday at 7:00 P.M., September through May, at the Grandin Court Baptist Church at 2660 Brambleton Avenue in Roanoke, Virginia. Speakers talk about everything from hummingbirds and songbirds to eagles and owls, with video presentations and occasional live bird exhibits. Guests are always welcome.

Meetings also cover field sightings of birds in the Roanoke area. After the meeting we gather for refreshments.

Community Outreach
A representative of the club frequently talks to local clubs and community groups about the bird club's activities, backyard birding, declining bird species, and wildlife habitat preservation. If you would like to arrange for a speaker please contact Kent Davis at 540-344-8377.

Field Trips
The Roanoke Valley Bird Club organizes a full calendar of field trips each year. These trips give members a chance to learn more about birds in the area. As part of the club’s mission, the information from several of our field trips is used to keep a census of bird populations in the Roanoke Valley.

Our field trips include but are not limited to:

• Winter Trip to Highland County
• Spring Trip to Highland County
• Winter Raptor Count
• Pond Hopping
• Big Spring Day
• Warbler Walks
• Evening Woodcock Watch
• Fall Hawk Migration Count
• Sparrow Walk
• Christmas Bird Counts

Club members may also attend overnight field trips sponsored by the Virginia Society of Ornithology. VSO trips include Chincoteague, the Eastern Shore, Piney Grove, Mount Rogers, High Knob, and the Outer Banks.

Hawkwatching
In the fall, club members volunteer to watch the skies for migrating raptors at Harvey's Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Bluebird Trail
In the spring and summer, our club sponsors a Bluebird Monitoring Project along the Blue Ridge Parkway and at two local golf courses. Club members volunteer to check nest boxes in order to determine the breeding success of “our” bluebirds. Members also enjoy getting together to build new boxes from funds donated to our Adopt a Bluebird program.

Seed Sale
Once a year in the fall our club has a bird seed sale to raise funds for the club. We sell quality seed containing little or no waste, at reasonable prices. The sale is open to the public. Refreshments are served, and experienced bird watchers/feeders will be on hand the day of pick-up to answer any questions. Sale proceeds are used to promote wild bird conservation and to support local educational programs.


Please join us for a meeting or field trip. Call any of the following club officers for more details:


Kent Davis, President 540-344-8377
Maureen Eiger, VP/Programs 540-342-4890
Eleanor Dye, VP/Membership 540-890-1627
Candy Andrzejewski, Secretary 540-365-2508
Barry Whitt, Treasurer
Linda Cory, Field Trips  540-580-5214

 

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