It is the time of year for some of the best birding along the trail system. the migratory birds, the weather and trail conditions all are excellent.

TIM HODGE, MARSHALL FAINTICH, PAUL DAVIS, and BILL AND PAGE KAMPMEIER as Volunteers for the Rockfish VAlley Foundation are along the trails most mornings. Feel free to ask them questions. Marshall will be taking 100s of photos each time he is there. There is a link to his website in the BIRDING SECTION of this website. TIME HODGE is now a freshman at Liberty University but can be found early on weekends along the trail. usually in his camouflage fatigues. Tim will conduct BIRD WALKS on the first Saturday of each month beginning in October. Meet at the Rockfish River Trail Head at the historic HURRICANE CAMILLE Marker at 7:30 AM. Walk normally lasts until 9:00 AM or so.

SEPTEMBER 25TH EVENT WILL BE SPECIAL. This is the 5th anniversary of the VA BIRDING TRAIL SYSTEM IN VIRGINIA. It is being celebrated with an event that begins at DEVILS BACKBONE Restaurand and Brewery on Friday September 25th at 8:00 AM. Meet at the Brewery and then select to join Tim Hodge and Marshall Faintich for birding along the Rockfish Valley Trails or a bird walk within Wintergreen. At the conclusion of these walks, return to Devil’s Backbone there will be speeches and refreshments. It should be a wonderful day. thanks to Jeff Trollinger, Steven Living and others from VA DGIF who have organized this and to Maureen Kelly from Nelson Tourism and Danna Quillen from Wintergreen for promoting it. Particular thanks to Tim Hodge and Marshall Faintich for sharing their knowledge of birds and birding along the trail system.

Peter Agelasto