Roanoke Valley Bird Club

Celebrating 60 Years of Birding

Next Meeting:
December 11, 7 PM
Grandin Court Baptist Church

Help Wild Birds: FOUND A BIRD? If you find an injured or orphaned bird or need nesting advice call Help Wild Birds at 540-342-4890 or
SW Va Wildlife Center of Roanoke at 540-798-9836

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State of the Birds 2016

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Christmas Bird Count
A census of birds in the Western Hemisphere performed in a “count circle” with a diameter of 15 miles, have been conducted every December since 1900. Observers count every bird seen in assigned areas. All counts are forwarded to the National Audubon Society for use in conservation biology. The Roanoke Valley Bird Club does three counts:
Roanoke – Saturday, December 16 Contact Bill Hunley ( or 774-2397
Fincastle – Sunday, December 17 Contact Eunice Hudgins ( or 389-4056
Peaks of Otter – Tuesday, December 19 Contact Kent Davis ( or 344-8377

You may, and we encourage you to, participate in all three counts. Contact the above
leaders to be assigned a territory. New birders or first-time counters will be placed with
experienced birders. We drive most of our territories stopping often and getting out of
the car to look, listen and count the birds. It’s a fun day to join fellow birders and maybe
discover a new birding territory. Most areas are covered in about four hours. There will
be sign-up sheets at the November meeting. Please join us – we need your help.
Following the Fincastle count, we will meet at Woodpecker Ridge at noon for a bowl of
Barry Kinzie’s soup and a tally of all the birds.

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.

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.

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
Toni Pepin, VP/Programs
Eleanor Dye, VP/Membership 540-890-1627
Linda Barker, Secretary
Sissy Logan, Treasurer
Linda Cory, Field Trips  540-580-5214

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