The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding trip to its Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve in Berkeley County on Wednesday April 3. The trip will begin at 8 a.m. and last about three hours. It is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. Children will be welcome. No pre-registration will be required.
The Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve is located in Back Creek Valley in Berkeley County, one-half mile south of Shanghai, on the east side of Back Creek Valley Road (County Route 7). Meet in the gravel parking area at the north end the marsh.
The trip will be focused on birds that migrate in early spring, including red-winged blackbirds; raptors; woodpeckers; swallows; sparrows and others species.
The preserve is only 46 acres in size, so the distances to be walked are not great. However, the terrain will include wet meadows and marshlands, as well as dry areas, so waterproof footwear is strongly recommended.
Ticks can be an issue at the preserve, so tick spray is also recommended.
Participants should dress appropriately for the prevailing weather and bring water.
Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.
The trip may be canceled in the event of bad weather.