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

Walk and Talk about “Wild-land Fires, Friend or Foe?” Ranger John & Naturalist Rob

Saturday, July 27th 

10 a.m.

Tired of raw hot dogs and charred s’mores cooked on your pitiful campfire? At 10 a.m., take a short tree identification hike with naturalist Robert Jennings from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Following the hike, come eat lunch with us at 11 a.m., while listening to a campfire/forest fire safety demonstration given by state park ranger, John Zawatsky. Ranger John will have his fire protective gear on display, including his deployable fire tent, and he will answer your camping & fire safety questions. Hot dogs and bottled water provided.

Butterfly Event : Lepidoptera Evening Extravaganza

The Lepidoptera Evening Extravaganza, named for the large order of insects that includes moths and butterflies, is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and will feature a number of activities for children and adults, all from the beauty of the center’s newly installed butterfly garden.

for more information please visit…

http://www.newsadvance.com/nelson_county_times/lifestyles/article_f32b12de-f9ee-11e2-8fdc-001a4bcf6878.html

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.