november, 2019

November

Event Details

Questions? Call Pam at 301-652-9188 x16 or email pam.oves@anshome.org.

NOVEMBER

Fall Birding Series 
F. Saturday, November 2: Dyke Marsh, VA  (Paul Pisano) (8-11 am)  
G. Sunday, November 10: Hughes Hollow, MD  (Lisa Shannon & Rob Hilton) (8-11 am) FULL
H. Saturday, November 23: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC (Lisa Shannon & Rob Hilton) (8-11 am) FULL
Each walk members $26; nonmembers $36
Our fall birding series visits eight protected areas, all under an hour’s drive from D.C., where a variety of habitats — including field, forest, and wetland — provide good opportunities for the observation and identification of birds in autumn. On the earliest walks, we’ll hope to catch some southbound migrants. As the season progresses, we’ll watch for sparrows, raptors, waterfowl, and other birds. These teaching walks are aimed at beginning to mid-level birders, but all are welcome. Most of our explorations will be on natural surface trails that may be uneven or muddy, but some destinations include mild uphill and downhill. REGISTER

Fall Hike in Rock Creek Park
Saturday, November 2 (9:30 am-3:30 pm)
Members $34; nonmembers $42
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Our leader, author of the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park, and the critically acclaimed The Joy of Forest Bathing and City of Trees, offers another of her popular nature walks for ANS in the country’s oldest urban national park, created in 1890. Autumn will find us hiking the Western Ridge and Valley Trails during peak fall foliage and fruiting season, stopping to study and admire oaks, maples, hickories and many other trees along the route. This hike will traverse 4-6 miles, with uphill and downhill on natural surface trails which may be rocky and uneven. REGISTER

Raptors on the Move at Waggoner’s Gap
Sunday, November 3 (3/4 day field trip)
Leaders: Liam and Laura McGranaghan
Members $32; nonmembers $44
Fall brings thousands of migrating raptors—hawks, falcons, eagles, and their allies—to the Appalachian ridges and Atlantic coast. Our field trip goes to one of the premier hawk-watching sites in the area: Pennsylvania’s Waggoner’s Gap, about a 2.5-hour drive from DC. Our experienced leaders, known for their raptor expertise, will help you develop your own ID skills for these birds-on-the-move. Getting to the hawk watch lookout requires walking up a short, but rocky, trail to an outcropping of perched boulders. REGISTER

Tall Ships and Dinosaurs Geology Hike
Sunday, November 3 (12-5 pm)
Leader: Joe Marx
Members $26; nonmembers $36
Due to a paucity of rocks, we tend to avoid the Coastal Plain for our Geology forays. Nevertheless, many interesting, non-rocky sites lie close at hand. We’ll visit three of them on a 40-mile auto circuit through northwestern Prince Georges County. Our starting point: Bladensburg Waterfront Park, where we will consider how a deep-water port prominent in the War of 1812 has so completely faded from commerce. Next we’ll travel to Watkins Regional Park to examine the Atlantic’s sandy floor of 60 million years ago. If we’re lucky, we may find a trail-side shark’s tooth or oyster shell. Our last stop visits Dinosaur Park, near Laurel, where paleontologists have unearthed the 110-million-year old bones of several kinds of dinosaurs and mammals, as well as fossils of trees and early flowering plants. We’ll return to Bladensburg to complete the loop. Our walking over paved or gravelly paths will be in generally flat terrain. REGISTER

Fall Birding Series 
G. Sunday, November 10: Hughes Hollow, MD  (Lisa Shannon & Rob Hilton) (8-11 am) FULL
H. Saturday, November 23: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC (Lisa Shannon & Rob Hilton) (8-11 am) FULL
Each walk members $26; nonmembers $36
Our fall birding series visits eight protected areas, all under an hour’s drive from D.C., where a variety of habitats — including field, forest, and wetland — provide good opportunities for the observation and identification of birds in autumn. On the earliest walks, we’ll hope to catch some southbound migrants. As the season progresses, we’ll watch for sparrows, raptors, waterfowl, and other birds. These teaching walks are aimed at beginning to mid-level birders, but all are welcome. Most of our explorations will be on natural surface trails that may be uneven or muddy, but some destinations include mild uphill and downhill. REGISTER

Fall Leaf Drawing Workshop
Monday, November 11 (10 am-3 pm)
Leader: Tina Thieme Brown
Members $32; nonmembers $44
There is a long tradition of naturalists keeping field notes. Often their written notes are accompanied by drawings. If you want to learn how to add sketches to your field observations, we invite you to join an artist/illustrator, whose sketchbooks are filled with drawings of plant life, for a workshop at our Woodend Sanctuary. Tina will lead you on a walk in the woods, where you will carry along your sketchbook and reflect on the changing season. Returning to an indoor classroom, she will guide you through the steps to create a colored drawing of fall leaves and fruits, such as acorns. The only experience required is a love of nature, and a desire to look closely at the seasonal changes in our native trees. A suggested art supply list will be provided with confirmation letter. REGISTER

Bird ID Series: Sparrows and Finches
Thursday, November 14 (7:30-9:30 pm)
Saturday, November 16 (half-day field trip)
Leader: Mike Bowen
Members $42; nonmembers $58
Lecture only: members $20; nonmembers $28
Sparrows and finches offer beginning and intermediate birders some of their most difficult ID challenges. On Thursday evening, our leader will use an illustrated lecture to provide identification help on these often confusing species. Our field trip will take us to one or more nearby natural areas where a variety of these birds can be studied. REGISTER

Fall in the Parks 
Sundays (8:30 am-1 pm) 
C. November 17 – US National Arboretum, DC FULL
Leaders: Stephanie Mason & Cathy Stragar
Each walk: members $28; nonmembers $38 
Sign up for one or all of these seasonal, broad-based nature explorations of nearby parks rich in natural history. We’ll walk between 3-4 miles, on natural surface and possibly muddy trails, as we enjoy the development of fall color, late season blooms and butterflies, resident and migrating birds, and all manner of wildlife. Our explorations in the National Arboretum in Southeast DC will visit the Fern Valley area and adjacent woodlands and prairie habitat plantings. Image credit: Megan McCarty REGISTER

Midweek Meanders Along the Canal 
Wednesdays (10 am-12:30 pm) 
E: November 20 – Widewater FULL 
F: December 4 – Swain’s Lock FULL
Leader: Stephanie Mason 
Each walk members $25; nonmembers $35 
Enjoy one or all of these leisurely autumn walks along portions of the C&O Canal that enjoy less traffic than the towpath stretches close to Washington. The focus of our walks, each beginning from a different location, will be general natural history of the varied habitats along the Potomac River and the C&O Canal. We’ll proceed at a “naturalist’s shuffle” pace, stopping often to observe birds, fall wildflowers and foliage, butterflies, snakes, turtles — and whatever else we might find. Participants interested in carpooling will meet at Woodend.

Fall Birding Series 
H. Saturday, November 23: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC (Lisa Shannon & Rob Hilton) (8-11 am) FULL
Members $26; nonmembers $36
Our fall birding series visits eight protected areas, all under an hour’s drive from D.C., where a variety of habitats — including field, forest, and wetland — provide good opportunities for the observation and identification of birds in autumn. On the earliest walks, we’ll hope to catch some southbound migrants. As the season progresses, we’ll watch for sparrows, raptors, waterfowl, and other birds. These teaching walks are aimed at beginning to mid-level birders, but all are welcome. Most of our explorations will be on natural surface trails that may be uneven or muddy, but some destinations include mild uphill and downhill. REGISTER

Knock, Knock FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Saturday, November 23 (9 am-12 pm)
Leaders: Pam and Chris Oves
Free, but registration required.
On this approximately 4-mile roundtrip bird walk along the Canal’s towpath at Riley’s Lock, we’ll work to see or at least hear all 7 species of woodpeckers (a grand-slam!) that frequent our woods this time of year. Our walk is aimed at beginning birders. This walk will go faster and farther than our usual “naturalist’s shuffle.” Limited to 12 participants. REGISTER

Botanical Gems of Montgomery County: Blockhouse Point Conservation Park
Sunday, November 24 (9:30 am-1 pm)
Leader: Carole Bergmann
Members: $24; nonmembers $34
We continue our series of field trips to some of the botanically rich, but often underappreciated, Montgomery County Parks.  On this late fall hike, we’ll visit Blockhouse Point, along the Potomac River, where we’ll explore the preserve’s high-quality forest of both typical and uncommon Piedmont plant species. We’ll search for and ID lingering leaves and fruits, as well as remnant weeds/wildflowers/and seed pods on our trek of 2-4 miles. Expect some uphill and downhill, including a hike out to a bluff over the River, where views should be ideal this time of year. Our leader, the former forest ecologist for the County, will focus on the area’s natural history, but she won’t overlook the cultural history. REGISTER

Chesapeake Wetlands
Sunday, November 24 (9:30 am-5:30 pm)
Leaders: Hal Wierenga and Lynn Davidson
Members $36; nonmembers $50
Discover the richness of autumn birding in the wetlands that line the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore with birders who know the area well. We’ll meet at the Blackwater Natural Wildlife Refuge, south of Cambridge, MD, about a 2-hour drive from Washington. After a leisurely visit to Blackwater, we’ll visit other wetlands in Dorchester County searching for migrant waterfowl, raptors, sparrows, and other seasonal birds. REGISTER

Questions? Call Pam at 301-652-9188 x16 or email pam.oves@anshome.org.

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Year Around Event (2019)