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Audubon birding trips for late July

By Staff | Jul 6, 2012

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society has scheduled two local birding trips for late July. The trips will focus on area breeding populations, including Baltimore and Orchard orioles, several warbler, vireo and flycatcher species, catbirds, sparrows and raptors.

Both trips will begin at 7 a.m. They are free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills.

Pre-registration is recommended but not required. Register online on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org or contact the trip leader.

The first trip will be a July 18 trip to the southern part of the Antietam National Battlefield at Sharpsburg, MD. For more info contact trip leader Sandy Sagalkin at 240-291-6465 or monsansagalkin@myactv.net.

The second trip will be a July 25 bird walk along the C&O Canal near Harpers Ferry. Meet at outside John Brown’s Fort, where Potomac and Shenandoah Streets meet in Harpers Ferry National Park. The walk will cover about four miles of level terrain along the towpath. For more info contact trip leader Deb Hale at debhale72@gmail.com or 304-535-1528.

For both trips, participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for prevailing weather conditions, and bring along water and bug spray. Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

The trips may be canceled in the event bad weather. Various trip details could also change depending on weather or recent bird sightings.