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Audubon sponsoring free bird trip to NCTC Feb. 4

By Staff | Jan 20, 2012

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a birding trip to the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown on Saturday, Feb. 4. The trip is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children will be welcome.

The trip will last about three hours and involve walking about two miles over moderate terrain.

The campus contains a mix of fields and forestland, and it provides good habitat for a rich variety of bird species. This particular trip will focus on winter visitors, such as Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Dark-eyed Juncos, and waterfowl on the Potomac River; and on year-round birds, including raptors.

Participants should plan to meet at 8 a.m. at the visitor’s parking lot in front of the Center’s Main Building.

Please note that because the Center is a federal facility, pre-registration will be required. To pre-register, contact trip leader Sandy Sagalkin at monsansagalkin@myactv.net or 240-291-6465 no later than Monday, Jan. 30.

Everyone should plan to wear comfortable walking or hiking boots, bring along bug spray to ward off ticks and dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions. PVAS will provide binoculars for those who do not have their own.

The trip may be canceled if there is snow on the ground or steady rain. For further information or to check on possible weather cancellation, contact Mr. Sagalkin.

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a United Way of the Eastern Panhandle partner agency and a member of the Combined Federal Campaign.