Great Backyard Bird Count trail walk February 15 9-10 a.m. and February 16 2-3 p.m

Where? Trail head on Rt 151 at S Rockfish River, 2 miles south of Nellysford, Va 22958

More Information: Please phone 434 226 0446

The Rockfish Valley Foundation (RVF) is proud to participate in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) from February 14-17. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society that consists of an annual four day period in which participants all across the country take a small amount of time to identify and count their local birds. Since RVF’s Trail System is everyone’s backyard, we are planning two sessions where you and your family can come out to count birds with us. Our first program will be Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9-10AM and the second one is Sunday, Feb. 16 from 2-3PM. You don’t need to know a lot about birds or even have fancy binoculars; just come walk the trail with our naturalist; light refreshments on us! Raffle for a 50 pound bag of oiled sunflower seed. Children drawing for colorful bird poster each day.

YOU KNOW ABOUT THE Rockfish Valley TRAILS…THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN WHY IT’S ONE OF THE BEST BIRDING AREAS IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA.

To learn more about the GBBC, visit: birdsource.org. To learn more about birding at the RVF, visit: http://www.rockfishvalley.org/blog/birding/

We hope to see you in February!

The Rockfish Valley Foundation

Ornithological Tales

Saturday, August 10th 

10 a.m.

Would you believe that it’s possible to potty-train a goose? What’s inside those bird boxes? Find out the answers to these questions as you listen to Gerry Kruger and Paul Davis present information about Canada Geese and Eastern Bluebirds. Ms. Kruger is the author of On Kruger Pond, Charlie’s Story, a true tale about raising a disabled Canada goose who lived on her pond. You might have heard excerpts of the book on NPR or at local book readings. Mr. Paul Davis, a board member and officer of The Virginia Bluebird Society, will present everything you ever wanted to know about bluebirds, including: their habits, how to care for them, and how to build a bird box. Refreshments will be provided.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Birding Trail celebrates 5th anniversary


2009 marks the fifth anniversary of the completion of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, the nation’s first statewide wildlife viewing trail, with more than 600 sites. The Piedmont Phase (the last of the three regional phases including the Coastal and Mountain regions) was dedicated at Monticello in September 2004. Virginia has one of the highest diversities of birds in the eastern United States, with nearly 400 resident and migratory bird species.The state also boasts one of the highest diversities of all wildlife in the eastern United States, with over 3,000 species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, mussels, crayfish, birds, mammals, butterflies and dragonflies.