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Events set to mark bird day anniversary

April 19, 2013

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. —  The Potomac Valley Audubon Society has teamed with other organizations to put together a special series of local events in May to mark the 21st anniversary of International Migratory Bird Day.

All but one of the local events will be free, and anyone with an interest is invited to participate.

Events include:

 Saturday, May 4: Antietam Battlefield/Snavely Ford bird walk. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Burnside Bridge parking area. Free and no registration is required. For more information, contact Nancy Kirschbaum at 240-347-7751 or nancyk500@comcast.net.

 Saturday, May 4: Introduction to Birding. A three-hour overview of the subject for non-birders, people who would like to become birders, or for those who simply don't have the time to commit to the full "Birding 101" course. Begins at 8 a.m. in Room 108 of Shepherd's Byrd Science Center. Free, but participation is limited to 20 people so registration is required.

 Monday, May 6: Bird Walk on the C&O Canal, across from Shepherdstown. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the large C&O Canal parking lot on River Road, just south of the railroad bridge. Free and no registration is required.

 Tuesday, May 7: Birding at the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area, in Berkeley and Morgan counties, W.Va. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Eagle Mart Plaza parking lot, south of Hedgesville, W.Va., on W.Va. 9. Free. No registration required.

 Wednesday, May 8: Bird walk at Stauffer's Marsh, in Berkeley County's Back Creek Valley. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the marsh, one-half mile south of Shanghai, on the east side of Back Creek Valley Road. Free and no registration required.

 Wednesday, May 8: Program at the National Conservation Training Center. 7 p.m. in Room 105, Instructional East Building. The speaker will be author Katie Fallon. Free.

 Thursday, May 9: Bird walk at the Eidolon Nature Preserve in Morgan County, W.Va. Walk will begin at 8 a.m. and be joined by Fallon. The focus will be on the preserve's warblers. Free. No registration required.

 Friday, May 10: Evening reception and talk with Eric Dinerstein, vice president and lead scientist of the World Wildlife Fund's Conservation Science Program, at Bistro 112 on German Street, Shepherdstown, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Admission is $15 and  $5 for students. Talk will follow at 7 p.m. at Shepherd University's Reynolds Hall on King Street. Admission is free.

 Saturday May 11 and Sunday, May 12: Fourth Annual Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon. Teams and individuals will compete to identify the highest numbers of bird species they find in the area within any 24-consecutive-hour-period during the weekend. Free, but registration is required.

 Saturday, May 11: "Big Sit" at Shepherdstown's Rumsey Memorial Park. 8 a.m. to noon. A friendly gathering to see how many bird species can be identified from a 50-foot-diameter circle in the Park. Free and no registration required.

 Sunday, May 12: Mother's Day Bird walk at Shannondale (W.Va.) Springs Wildlife Management Area. Meet at 1 p.m. at the parking area near the boat launch site off Mission Road. Free and no registration required.

More details and online registration is available at www.potomacaudubon.org.

For more information about specific events, contact Sandy Sagalkin at monsansagalkin@myactv.net or 240-291-6465.

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