Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Club Calendar

RVBC Club Meeting: Sept. 13at 7 PM Next Meeting:
Sept. 10, 7 PM
Roanoke Council Garden Club - 3640 Colonial Avenue, SW 24015

by speaker Tom Davis
Natural Resource Specialist for the National Park Service
The Rocky Knob Recreation Area provides some of the best birding opportunities
in the long stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway between the Peaks of Otter and
Doughton Park. The 3,800 acre recreation area is located along the edge of the
Blue Ridge Plateau and extends down into Rock Castle Gorge—named for its
unique rock formations of crystalline quartz which resemble the turrets of old castles.
The Gorge provides habitat for a variety of mid and low elevation birds including
cerulean and Swainson’s warbler! Tom will discuss some of the unique habitats
found in and around the Rocky Knob area and the birds and other wildlife that call
the Gorge home.
Tom has worked for the National Park Service for 30+ years, 23 as a biologist with
the Blue Ridge Parkway. His responsibilities at the Blue Ridge include wildlife management
and overseeing the Parkway’s Agricultural Leasing Program. On any given
day Tom can be found knee deep in the muck and mud of an Appalachian bog looking
for bog turtles, chasing a bear out of a picnic area, helping a farmer to develop
best management practices and doing breeding bird surveys. Tom is an avid birder
and photographer. He assists with the Blacksburg Christmas Bird Count and the
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas project. He lives with his wife Kathy and two sons Alex and
Zach in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Seeds for a Song Seed Sale
Our club’s main fundraiser, Seeds for a Song, is scheduled
for Saturday, November 10, at the Northwest Hardware
store in Hollins from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We sell fresh
seed containing little or no waste at reasonable
prices. The sale is open to the public, so tell your
friends! Prices and order forms will be in the October
newsletter. It's best to pre-order but we will have a small
supply of extra seed at the sale for those who forget.
Hopefully this year you'll be able to order electronically
through the club's website if you prefer not to have
to mail your order form and check. Please consider buying
even one small bag of seed to help support the club’s
worthwhile community projects. There are lots of things you can do to help make
the sale a success. 1) Help the day of the sale--greeting people, loading bags,
keeping up with orders, etc. 2) Make goodies for us to have available both for
workers and customers. 3) Volunteer your expertise with Excel spreadsheets to
help with a mailing to nonmembers in late September/early October, as most of our
orders actually come from nonmembers. Please contact Alyce Quinn at twoquinns@, 540-719-0109, or 540-312-6844 if you can help in any way or
need more information.




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