Date: 2/20/18 4:27 am
From: David Farner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Northern Virginia Bird Club Meeting Wednesday, February 21 - Checking in with Virginia’s Breeding Birds Thirty Years Later
The Northern Virginia Bird Club will hold its November meeting on Wednesday, February 21 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA, 22207 at 8:00 pm Directions can be found in the Siskin and on our web page at<>.

Dr. Ashley Peele, with give a presentation titled “Checking in with Virginia’s Breeding Birds Thirty Years Later”

In the mid-to late-1980s, Virginia conducted its first breeding bird atlas (BBA) project to assess the status and distribution of breeding bird populations. This year, we will dive into the third year of the second Virginia BBA project. Since the inception of the second BBA project, the Virginia birding community has contributed thousands of birding hours. The resulting data has already provided a revealing look into how breeding bird populations have changed over the last thirty years. State Atlas Coordinator, Dr. Ashley Peele, will highlight some of these changes, share interesting species and volunteer highlights, and discuss important needs for the remaining three years of this project. Join us to learn more about this exciting conservation project and how you can get involved.

Dr. Peele is an avian ecologist, who became interested in studying wildlife biology after a childhood spent running around the biodiverse lakes and swamps of Florida. Her mentor at Ohio Wesleyan University introduced her to the world of field ornithology and she learned to mist-net, band, and sample the plumage of wild birds. This experience set her on a lifelong path of study and research on avian ecology and conservation. In 2015, she completed her doctorate in avian ecology, after spending five years studying population dynamics of Neotropical migratory songbirds in Jamaica. She currently is State Director of the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Project and a research associate at Virginia Tech’s Conservation Management Institute.

Early bird refreshments start at 7:30. Any contributions of food or beverage will be most gratefully received. There will be a drawing for door prizes. Northern Virginia Bird Club pins will be available for members who would like to buy them ($5 each).

David Farner
Vice President, Programs, Northern Virginia Bird Club
Arlington, Virginia

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