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Sign up now for birding trip

By Staff | Mar 15, 2013

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding trip to the Altona Marsh in Jefferson County on Wednesday, March 20. The trip will begin at 8 a.m. and last a couple of hours.

The Marsh is a rare, 70-acre marl wetland protected by a Nature Conservancy easement. It is a good site for birding, not only because it harbors a rich variety of species but also because the terrain offers easy viewing. Species likely to be seen at this time will include waterfowl, winter visitors and year-round birds.

The trip will be free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. However, because this is a protected site and there are access issues, participants must pre-register and sign a waiver. To do this, and to get more information, contact Jim Farley at jamesfarley@frontiernet.net or 540-686-2056.

Children ages 12 and up will be welcome but they must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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