Shannondale bird walk set for June 10
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a summer bird walk in the Blue Ridge Tract of the Shannondale Wildlife Management Area on Wednesday, June 10.
The trip will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will be led by veteran naturalist Jim Farley.
It will be free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along. Children will be welcome.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required. Easy registration is available on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org.
Species likely to be sighted include Scarlet Tanagers, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Oven Birds and maybe even nesting Red-headed Wookpeckers. Other likely species are Indigo Buntings, Towhees and Red-shouldered Hawks.
To get to the walk’s starting point, take Mission Road off Route 115 and go four miles to a small parking lot on the right. You will pass a four-way stop and a country store on the way.
The trip will last about three-and-a-half hours and involve walking about three-and-a-half miles; the path can be fairly difficult in spots.
Participants should dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions; bring insect repellent, water, and sunscreen; and wear comfortable walking or hiking boots.
PVAS will provide binoculars for those who need them.
The trip may be cancelled if there is bad weather. To check on possible weather cancellation, watch the PVAS website or contact Mr. Farley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-686-2056.