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Audubon Society sponsors `Pledge to Fledge¿

August 10, 2012

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a "Pledge to Fledge" event from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve in Berkeley County.

"Pledge to Fledge" is a new international initiative designed to promote greater interest in birds and birding and, by extension, the natural world.

The event is free and everyone with an interest is invited to attend.

Refreshments will be served and binoculars will be available.

The fall shorebird migration will be in full swing at the marsh at that time and the event should provide opportunities to see a good variety of shorebirds, including greater and lesser yellowlegs, killdeer, and many different kinds of sandpipers, warblers, orioles, and gray catbirds. Other species should also be present.

The event will not be held if there is steady rain that morning.

The Stauffer's Marsh Preserve is in Back Creek Valley, one-half mile south of Shanghai, W.Va., on the east side of Back Creek Valley Road (W.Va. 7). Meet in the parking area at the north end of the preserve.

For more information about the initiative, go to www.pledgetofledge.org. For more information about the Aug. 25 event, contact Sandy Sagalkin at monsansagalkin@myactv.net or 240-291-6465.

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