Potomac Audubon Society to sponsor birding trip July 7

June 22, 2012

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding trip to its Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve in Berkeley County, W.Va., on Saturday, July 7.

Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve is located in Back Creek Valley in Berkeley County, one-half mile south of Shanghai, W.Va., on the east side of Back Creek Valley Road (W.Va. 7).

The trip will focus on the breeding populations of the area, including Baltimore and Orchard orioles, several warbler, vireo and flycatcher species, catbirds, sparrows and raptors.

The event is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills.

Advance registration is recommended but not required. Register online on the PVAS website at www.potomacau or contact Sandy Sagalkin, at 240-291-6465 or

Meet in the gravel parking area at the north end the marsh at 7 a.m.

The preserve is only 46 acres in size, so the distances to be walked are not great. However, the terrain will include wet meadows and marshlands, as well as dry areas, so waterproof footwear is strongly recommended.

Participants should dress appropriately for the prevailing weather and bring water and bug spray.

Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

The trips might be canceled in the event bad weather.

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