january, 2020

January

Event Details

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JANUARY

Winter Birding at Black Hill
Section B: Saturday, January 4 (8:30-11 am)
Section C: Saturday, February 1 (8:30-11 am)
Section D: Sunday, March 1 (8:30-11 am)
Leader: Mark England
Each walk: members $24; nonmembers $34
Entire series $87/$123
The winter months can be an ideal time to learn more about birds and birding, and Black Hill Regional Park, in upper Montgomery County, is an ideal outdoor classroom for this study. Each walk in our series, intended for beginning to mid-level birders, will visit one or more sites in the Park in a search for waterfowl, sparrows, raptors, and other both resident and overwintering species. The Park’s habitats are varied and include wetlands and Little Seneca Lake, as well as forest and field. Join us for the entire series and observe the seasonal changes in numbers and species, or just sign up for individual walks. Image credit: Mike’s Birds REGISTER

Winter in the Parks
(9 am-1 pm)
B: Sunday, January 5: Huntley Meadows, VA
C: Sunday, February 2: Rock Creek Park, DC
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Each walk: members $28; nonmembers $38
Sign up for one or more of these seasonal, broad-based nature explorations of nearby parks rich in natural history. Winter is often called the quiet season, but there is still lots to look and listen for in the natural world despite the cold temperatures. Our Senior Naturalist will lead this series of walks to observe winter wildlife and plants, all the while discussing their strategies for winter survival. We’ll work to cover between 2-3 miles, with some uphill and downhill on walks A and C, in order to counter the likely chilly weather. REGISTER

Winter Walks Along the Canal
Wednesdays (10 am-12:30 pm)
Section A: January 8 – Carderock FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Section B: January 22 – Widewater
Section C: February 5 – Swain’s Lock FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Section D: February 26 – Violettes Lock FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Sestion E: March 11 – Pennyfield Lock FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Each walk members $25; nonmembers $35
Entire series $113/$159
Join our Senior Naturalist for one or all of these walks along the C&O Canal as we look for over-wintering birds and other wildlife, practice winter botany skills, and enjoy the expansive views along the Potomac River that this season provides. Carpooling will be available from Woodend. REGISTER

Introduction to the Natural History of Lichens
Thursday, January 9 (7:30-9:30 pm)
Saturday, January 11 (10 am-2 pm)
Leader: Dr. Paula DePriest
Members $42; nonmembers $58
Lecture only: members $20; nonmembers $28
Winter is the perfect season to search for the varied hues and forms of lichens, the fascinating and mysterious inhabitants of unpolluted ecosystems. On Thursday night, Dr. Paula DePriest of the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute, will introduce us to the natural history of lichens through an illustrated lecture. Saturday’s field trip to the Widewater area along the C&O Canal will give participants a chance to study and identify lichens in their natural environment. REGISTER

New Year’s Moonwalk
Friday, January 10 (6:30-8:30 pm)
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Members $25; nonmembers $35
Cross your fingers for clear skies as we celebrate the New Year with a brisk walk under the light of the year’s first full moon. We’ll head upriver on the C&O Canal towpath from Swain’s Lock, enjoying the shadows of arching sycamore trees and listening for the calls of owls and winter-active mammals. Distance covered will depend on the weather and conditions underfoot. REGISTER

Winter at Widewater
Saturday, January 11 (10 am-2:30 pm)
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Members: $28; nonmembers $38
It’s a brand new year. Time to get outside and walk off those excess calories consumed over the holidays. And where better to do that than along the Potomac River just outside the Beltway. We’ll hike a 4-mile loop: along the C&O Canal towpath from the Widewater area upriver to Great Falls—and back. Leaves will be down giving us expansive views of the rocky woods, sycamore bottomlands, and flowing waters of the river as we search for winter active wildlife and try our hands at winter plant ID. REGISTER

Free Birding Trip – National Arboretum, Washington, DC
Saturday, January 11

One-third day. Winter and resident songbirds and raptors. Meet time/place: 10 am at park entrance on R Street, just east of the intersection of R Street and Bladensburg Rd, NE. For more information, contact the leader, Paul Pisano, at cheep@allealle.com. REGISTER

Natural History of Galls
Sunday, January 12 (1:30-3:30 pm)
Leader: Cliff Fairweather
Members $24; nonmembers $34
Naturalist Edwin Way Teale called galls edible homes and that’s not a bad two-word definition for these hijacked bits of plant tissue. Discover the fascinating, often complex, and occasionally bizarre world of galls, gall-makers, and their associates. Through an indoor/outdoor exploration at our Woodend Sanctuary, we’ll learn about their natural history and develop our gall search-image. REGISTER

Native Plant Gardening
Winter Walk: Wednesday, January 15 (10 am-Noon)
Spring Walk: Tuesday, April 7 (10 am-Noon)

Leader: Stephanie Mason
Members $25; nonmembers $35
Explore the Blair Native Plant Garden, located just outside the Sanctuary Shop, with our Senior Naturalist who helped develop the garden and its educational focus. Find out more about the values of gardening with native plant species, including: lower maintenance; more value to native birds, butterflies and other insects, including pollinators; reduced negative impact on local ecosystems, and more. We’ll discuss native alternatives to popular non-native species such as English ivy, as well as resources for broadening one’s knowledge and understanding of plants natives to the mid-Atlantic. REGISTER.

Fridays at Carderock
Section A: January 17 (10 am-3 pm)
Section B: February 28 (10 am-3 pm)
Section C: March 20 (10 am-3 pm)
Section D: April 17 (9:30 am-3 pm)
Section E: May 15 (9:30 am-3 pm)
Each walk members $34; nonmembers $48
Entire series $155; nonmembers $200
An elder of a Native American tribe from the Pacific Northwest advised: There is more to be learned by climbing the same mountain a hundred times than by climbing a hundred different mountains. Following this admonition, our Senior Naturalist continues our series of broad-based nature explorations along the Potomac River’s C&O Canal and its varied habitats, from upland rocky woods to rich floodplain forests. Our “searching for spring” hikes will return each month to a stretch of towpath from the Carderock Recreation Area upriver to Widewater. We’ll retrace our steps along the Canal back to Carderock for a total of around 4 miles. We’ll experience the winter world in January and February, and celebrate the first signs of spring in March. In April and May, we’ll enjoy spring’s great burst of new life, both in the plant world and amongst all manner of wildlife, including birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians, and mammals. REGISTER

Winter Tree ID for Birders CANCELLED
Saturday, January 18 (2-4 pm)
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Free, but registration required.
We’re reprising this popular field trip to help birders learn to recognize the field marks of many common trees through binoculars. The outdoor classroom will be Scott’s Run Nature Preserve near McLean, VA, where we’ll ID trees in their winter aspect, all the while keeping our eyes and ears open for birds moving amongst them. REGISTER

Morning on a Monadnock
Sunday, January 19 (9 am-1 pm)
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Members: $28; nonmembers $38
Start the New Year off with a nature hike on Sugarloaf Mountain, our local monadnock.  We’ll make stops to practice our winter plant ID skills, while keeping our eyes and ears open for activity of still-active wildlife, including birds and mammals. Our hike will include some uphill and downhill as we cover 2-3 miles, including a fairly steep ¼ mile hike up to the summit (and down). Note: the mountain’s trails will be rocky, uneven, and possibly muddy/slippery given the time of year. The choice of trails and actual distance covered will depend upon the weather/ground conditions of the day. REGISTER

Winter Birds of the Coast
Sunday, January 19 (9:30 am-5:30 pm)
Leaders: Cyndie Loeper and Paul Pisano
Members $36; nonmembers $50
Bundle up and enjoy Ocean City, MD, without the crowds while we learn to identify birds that winter in and along the mid-Atlantic coast. Here and at other locations, including Cape Henlopen and Broadkill Marsh, we’ll look for loons, sea ducks, raptors, and winter songbirds. We’ll hope to find, identify, and discuss the natural history of birds such as the Red-throated Loon, Harlequin Duck, Northern Gannet, and Snow Bunting. This field trip is aimed at beginning and mid-level birders, but all are welcome. Our meeting point is about a 3-hour drive from Woodend. REGISTER

Free Birding Trip – Piscataway Park and Hard Bargain Farm, Prince George’s Co., MD
Sunday, January 19

One-third day. Joint trip with Southern MD Audubon. Winter waterfowl and resident birds. Varied habitat of water, woods, farm fields, and edges provides a great variety of birds. Meet time/place: 9 am at entrance to Hard Bargain Farm (2301 Bryan Point Rd, Accokeek, MD). For more info, contact the leader, Lynne Wheeler, at comstockel@aol.com or text 301-751-8097. Bill Townsend, HBF Educator Associate, will co-lead (20 person limit). REGISTER

Winter Birding at Oaks Landfill
A: Sunday, January 19 (3-5:30 pm) LOCATION CHANGED TO HUGHES HOLLOW
B: Sunday, February 9 (3:30-6 pm)
Leader: Mark England
Each walk members $24; nonmembers $32
You’ll want to bundle up for these birding treks to the now-closed landfill adjacent to the Blue Mash Nature Trail, a familiar birding spot in upper Montgomery County. As afternoon fades to dusk in the open terrain here, we’ll search for resident and overwintering species, including Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls. Our leader will bring along a scope for distant bird viewing. Our visit to this area which is “closed to the public” is by special permission. Please register for one session only to allow for greater participation. REGISTER

Winter Walks Along the Canal
Wednesdays (10 am-12:30 pm)
Section B: January 22 – Widewater
Section C: February 5 – Swain’s Lock FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Section D: February 26 – Violettes Lock FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Sestion E: March 11 – Pennyfield Lock FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Each walk members $25; nonmembers $35
Join our Senior Naturalist for one or all of these walks along the C&O Canal as we look for over-wintering birds and other wildlife, practice winter botany skills, and enjoy the expansive views along the Potomac River that this season provides. Carpooling will be available from Woodend. REGISTER

Free Birding Trip – Woodbridge/Occoquan Bay NWR, VA
Wednesday, January 29

Half day. Songbirds, waterfowl, eagles, and other raptors. Meet time/place: 7:30 am inside the refuge at central parking lot. 6-adult limit. For more info, contact leader Jim Waggener at 703-567-3555. REGISTER

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Year Around Event (2020)