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Join early March birding trips

By Staff | Feb 22, 2013

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor two birding trips in Jefferson County in early March. Both trips free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children will be welcome. No pre-registration is required. Full details can be found on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org. The specific dates and basic details are as follows:

March 6: Bird walk in the South Schoolhouse Ridge Battlefield section of the Harpers Ferry National Park. Will last two to three hours and involve about 3 miles of walking through woods and fields, with some hilly terrain. Likely species include winter visitors and year-round birds like woodpeckers and raptors. Meet at 8 a.m. the South Schoolhouse Ridge parking area. From Route 340 west of Harpers Ferry, turn south onto Millville Road (County Route 27) at the outdoor flea market; proceed 2 miles to parking area. If the gate is closed, pull off and park along the road. For more info, contact Deb Hale at debhale72@gmail.com or 304-535-2346.

March 9: Bird walk in the Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area, on the east bank of the Shenandoah River in Jefferson County. Meet at 8 a.m. at the WMA parking area by the boat launch site. Likely species will include waterfowl, winter visitors and year-round birds. For more info contact Jim Farley at jamesfarley@frontiernet.net or 540-686-2056.

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

The trips may be canceled in the event of bad weather.