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Bird-a-thon is back!

Each year, Richmond Audubon sponsors a Bird-a-Thon as one of our major fund raisers. Crack teams of intrepid birders criss-cross the state over a frantic 24 hour period of their choosing, identifying by sight and sound as many species as they can. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pick one of the teams to back and make a donation to show your support! Learn more about the participating teams, or make your donation here.

The May/June 2015 Issue of the Thrasher is online.

Click here to download (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required).

Upcoming Member Meeting Programs:

Unless otherwise stated below, member programs begin at 7:00 pm with coffee and dessert starting at 6:30 pm at St. Luke Lutheran Church on Custis Road.

May 21st – Chicken Odyssey

Join us for “Our Chicken Odyssey”: A 2,500-mile circle around Denver in 10-days and a different motel every night, over 150 species, all in freezing weather. Long time Auduboners and local characters Bob Coles and Jerry Uhlman will give us the insider’s story, with great pictures and a pretty impressive bird list. See a preview in the latest Thrasher.

June 20th – Annual RAS Picnic

Nelda Snyder will host our annual picnic for the twenty-fourth consecutive year at her beautiful Varina home on Saturday, June 20th. Come by 8:00 am for the morning bird walk. Coffee will be ready and waiting for you. The rain date is Sunday, June 21st. Call Nelda at 795-1446 or 869-7588 Saturday after 7:00 am if in doubt. Bring your own meat to cook on the grills and a dish to share (four or more servings). We will eat around noon. RAS will provide drinks, ice, and utensils. Nelda will provide charcoal, picnic tables and chairs, and condiments. Children are welcome, but please leave your pets at home. Besides your food and binoculars, be sure to bring fishing gear and your swimsuit. Come join us for this RAS season finale.

RAS helps home-schoolers appreciate birds

Photo of CBC mural

A group of 18 home-schoolers from Hanover completed a CBC mural on December 9, 2014 that was displayed at the Ashland Public Library through January, 2015.

New - Guide to Gulls of the Richmond Area

Find out more about our fascinating local gulls with identification tips and photos from RAS's very own Arun Bose.

A Young Birder Shares His Experience at Audubon's Hog Island Camp

Teen birder, Gabriel Mapel, shares his recent experience visiting Hog Island in a letter to RAS. Click here to read the full letter.

Prothonotary Warbler Program Data Available

At the February 2013 membership meeting, members of Richmond Audubon built 28 replacement Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes for the long term conservation project currently run by Bob Reilly and members of the VCU biology department, with help from Richmond Audubon volunteers. We put our names or initials on the boxes we built, and Bob has provided the following report on the outcomes for those boxes over the 2013 and 2014 breeding seasons. Bob reports that six additional boxes will need their location verified at the start of the 2015 season before results are available on them. 

 

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Come Join Us…

You are invited to join this active organization in our appreciation of birds. We offer frequent bird watching field trips, monthly members meetings and an array of bird related resources, plus local bird news articles. We welcome everyone who has an interest in our feathered friends, from the casual back yard birders and kids, to life-long birding veterans. All RAS sponsored events are open to both members and non-members and are usually free; visitors are always welcome and encouraged to participate.

A Richmond Audubon Society chapter membership includes automatic membership in the National Audubon Society, a subscription to "Audubon" magazine a bimonthly national publication, our local "Thrasher" newsletter (now available online), chapter meetings, and activities, volunteer opportunities available through an array of active RAS committees, Important Bird Areas (IBAs) support, youth outreach, fund raising, annual picnic, annual pot luck dinner, free email connection the RAS Listserv (sign-up required).

The Richmond Audubon Society's newsletter "The Thrasher" is now available online, plus archives of back issues. Use the search page to find the information you are looking for quickly. Visit the all new RAS Kids Corner and Members Area, then see "For The Birds" for a wide array of birding tools from housing and feeder maintenance to photography tips. Please contact us with your suggestion and comments or Email us at: info@richmondaudubon.org.

 

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