november, 2018

November

Event Details

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

NOVEMBER

Window into the World of Fungi
Thursday, November 1 (7-9:30 pm)
Leader: Tovi Lehmann
Free, but registration required.
Rooted, yet not plants, heterotrophs, but not animals (growing in fairy rings, yet not even fairies), fungi are members of another kingdom. Mostly hidden under the surface, fungi have evolved their own solutions to life’s persistent problems. Gaining the recognition for their pivotal role in shaping the living world, they now reshape fundamental perceptions of biologists. In this lecture at our Woodend Sanctuary, we will explore the natural history and ecology of our local fungal neighbors, rather than focus on the edibility of particular species of mushrooms. REGISTER ONLINE.

Fall on Wheels Along the Canal  SORRY CANCELED
Friday, November 2 (9 am-3 pm)
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Members $34; nonmembers $48
Fall colors are ablaze and the towpath along the Potomac River is one of the finest places in the D.C-metro area to experience this season’s richness.  In order to cover more territory and visit more habitats, we’ll use bikes to explore the stretch from Swain’s Lock to Riley’s Lock, a 12.3 mile round-trip ride. We’ll dismount often to look for fall fruits and admire lingering fall foliage, while keeping an eye and ear open for fall migrants, overwintering birds, and other still-active wildlife. Bring your own bike. Image credit:  Peter K Burian  REGISTER ONLINE.

Fall Birding Series
G. Saturday, November 3: U.S. National Arboretum, DC (Paul Pisano) (8-11 am)
H. Sunday, November 11: Pennyfield Lock, MD (Lisa Norwalk & Len Bisson) (8-11 am) WAITLIST OPEN
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 ONLINE.

A Year in Rock Creek Park
D: Fall Nature Hike in Rock Creek Park
Saturday, November 3 (9:30 am-3:30 pm)

Members $34; nonmembers $42
Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park and the critically acclaimed, City of Trees, will offer her twelfth year of 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. The Boundary Bridge Walks will cover a 2.5 mile loop on natural surface trails with moderate uphill and downhill. The Fall Hike will traverse 4-6 miles, with uphill and downhill on natural surface trails which may be rocky and uneven. Image credit: Dcrjsr  REGISTER HERE

Fall Tree ID for Birders
Sunday, November 4 (2:30-4 pm) DATE CHANGED FROM 10/28 WAITLIST OPEN
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Free, but registration required.
With trees ablaze in fall colors and their fruits hanging high, we’ll learn the identifying characteristics visible through binoculars of the most common species of trees and shrubs along the C&O Canal towpath upstream of Carderock. REGISTER ONLINE.

A Year at Theodore Roosevelt Island
C: Autumn Tree Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island, Wednesday, November 7 (10 am-2 pm) WAITLIST OPEN
D: Late Autumn Tree Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island, Wednesday, December 5 (10 am-2 pm)
Each walk: members $28; nonmembers $38
Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of A Year in Rock Creek Park and City of Trees, for a year-long exploration of Theodore Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre island in the Potomac that serves as a fitting memorial to our conservationist and naturalist 26th  president—and Audubon Naturalist Society member!  Our fall tree walks will take us deep into the swamp and tidal inlet along the boardwalk where willows, bald-cypresses and cattails frame views of the city behind it. Melanie will share details of the island’s fascinating history during this year-long exploration and we’ll witness the ebb and flow of the Potomac tides along with the changing seasons. Fee for trip B does not include canoe or kayak rental. REGISTER HERE

Fall Flora Fridays
Fridays (10 am-12:30 pm)
C. November 9: Widewater/C&O Canal, MD
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Members $25; nonmembers $35
On our Fall Flora Fridays, we’ll enjoy the area’s rich diversity of plant life during this season of lingering blooms, ripening fruits, and changing color. Although aimed at beginning to mid-level plant enthusiasts, all are welcome. On each field trip, we may walk up to 2 miles at a stop-and-go pace on natural surface trails. Trip A will include some uphill/downhill walking. REGISTER ONLINE.

Fall Along the Water
C. Saturday, November 10 (9 am-3 pm): White’s Ferry, MD
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Members $34; nonmembers $48
Join our Senior Naturalist for this series of field trips tracking the unfolding of fall along local waterways rich in natural history. We’ll enjoy the changing fall colors as we search for late-season blooms and fruits; migrant birds, butterflies, and dragonflies; and other still-active wildlife. On our first walk, we head to the shores of the Patuxent River in PG County to visit Jug Bay Natural Area. Next we explore the open, grassland habitats along Belmont and Occoquan Bays near Woodbridge, VA. Finally, we’ll head up the Potomac to White’s Ferry and stroll along the C&O Canal on our final walk, enjoying the peak of fall color. We’ll cover between 2-4 miles on each outing. Image credit: Image credit: Ken Thomas  REGISTER ONLINE.

Fall Birding Series
H. Sunday, November 11: Pennyfield Lock, MD (8-11 am) WAITLIST OPEN
Leaders: Lisa Norwalk & Len Bisson

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 ONLINE.

Fall Leaf Drawing Workshop
Monday, November 12 (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 drawing of fall leaves and 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 ONLINE.

Midweek Meanders Along the Canal
Wednesdays (10 am-12:30 pm)
E: November 14 – Widewater WAITLIST OPEN
F: November 28 – Swain’s Lock WAITLIST OPEN
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. Image credit: Mark A. Wilson  REGISTER ONLINE.

Knock, Knock  WAITLIST OPEN
Saturday, November 17 (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 ONLINE.

Chesapeake Wetlands
Sunday, November 18 (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 and Talbot counties searching for migrant waterfowl, raptors, sparrows, and other seasonal birds. REGISTER ONLINE.

Midweek Meanders Along the Canal
Wednesdays (10 am-12:30 pm)
F: November 28 – Swain’s Lock WAITLIST OPEN
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. REGISTER ONLINE.

Bird ID Series: Waterfowl
Thursday, November 29 (7:30-9:30 pm)
Sunday, December 2 (3/4 day field trip)
Leader: Mike Bowen
Members $48; nonmembers $68
Lecture only $24/$32
Late fall signals the arrival of thousands of ducks and geese into the mid-Atlantic region. On Thursday evening, our leader will use an illustrated presentation to cover size, shape, plumages, habitat, and behaviors of the most common species in our area. On our field trip, we’ll visit several prime waterfowl areas, which will be chosen closer to the date of the workshop based on the pace of migration. This workshop is aimed at beginning and mid-level birders, but all are welcome. REGISTER ONLINE.

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

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