Richmond Audubon Society (RAS) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society and is dedicated to the observation and conservation of birds and other wildlife. Our members participate in local conservation efforts, habitat restoration, and monitoring of applicable legislation. We have over 1400 members throughout Central Virginia, made up of a diverse group of people from various backgrounds, interests and birding experience levels. Come join us for some bird watching, fellowship, advocacy and fun!

How do I become a member?

Easy! Use National Audubon’s online membership form. When you join National, you automatically become a member of the Richmond Audubon chapter. You will receive a letter confirming your membership and then in a few weeks your membership card and magazine will follow from the National Audubon Society.

  • Gift Memberships

    Barred Owl – Photo by Lewis Barnett

    This makes a great birthday or holiday gift for the bird enthusiast in your life. Simply use this form on the National Audubon site and your family member or friend will soon be able to enjoy all the benefits of being an Audubon member for a full-year.

  • Renew
    You can renew online here via the National Audubon Site. Memberships must be renewed annually via a donation to National Audubon.
  • Change of Address
    Keep your membership contact information and membership status current. Contact the RAS Membership Committee Chairperson.


Membership Benefits

Members receive both National Audubon Society and local Richmond chapter membership benefits:

  • “Audubon” Magazine, a bimonthly flagship publication issued by the National Audubon Society, plus other benefits and resources offered at the national level.
  • RAS Newsletter “The Thrasher” our award-winning bimonthly publication. This newsletter is now available on-line here on the RAS website and this is now the default deliver medium. Members can also receive this bimonthly newsletter by U.S. mail, if they choose to do so. Simply choose either option on the Membership Application Form or contact the thrasher editor.
  • Field Trips cover a wide array of diverse birding sites in the Richmond area. Plus we have occasional state wide trips and adventures to other states such as West Virginia, North Carolina, and parts of Maryland. Field trips provide opportunities for bird lovers to learn about bird identification, song, calls, habitat, etc. The Richmond Audubon welcomes both members and non-members to most field trips. We welcome everyone who has an interest in our feathered friends, from the casual back yard birders and kids, to life-long birding veterans. Come enjoy birding with us!
  • Annual Picnic held each June. Activities include birding, water activities, and fellowship with members and their families!
  • Annual Pot Luck Dinner is a popular and fun-filled feast every November. Members bring a dish and come together to share great food, photos and stories from the previous year.
  • RAS Listserv is an email based message delivery system accessible to members and non-members that broadcasts a message from any subscribed member to the entire RAS Listserv group that has signed up for it. This communication tool is regularly used to post bird sightings, to update field trip changes, announce upcoming RAS Meetings or to ask questions.

RAS Membership Meetings

Held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, at the Custis Rd. and Chippenham Parkway intersection. We offer unique programs by local birding and conservation experts. No meetings are held during the summer months (June-August) or in December.

Volunteer Opportunities

Help make a difference! Become actively involved in RAS by protecting the birds, other wildlife and the environment. Help ensure that future generations can enjoy all the beauty nature has to offer! Contact the specific committee chairperson or event coordinator for ways you can become a more active member. Or submit a Volunteer Form online. Positions from helping at the MAPS bird banding stations to preparing a dessert for the after meeting refreshment as part of our Hospitality Committee. Some get involved in administrative activities while others share their knowledge and passion for birds and nature.

Blue Grosbeak – Photo by Len Smock