May 18, 2013
Jeannette Pearce, of Funkstown, hasn't always been a loyal Baltimore Orioles fan. In fact, she never really got into baseball until last May, when she was 88 years old. On May 6, 2012, the O's were looking to complete a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park. Baltimore won the game in thrilling fashion, defeating Boston 9-6 in 17 innings. It was this elongated marathon that fascinated Pearce, sparking her Orioles fandom. “I didn't really become a baseball fan until last year.
April 7, 2013
Christian Walker stroked an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday to lead Delmarva to a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Hagerstown Suns. The victory allowed the Shorebirds (3-1) to win the season-opening series over the Suns. Walker drove in both Delmarva runs in the win. Delmarva pitching - led by Branden Kline, a Thomas Johnson graduate and the Baltimore Orioles' No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft - held the Suns to three hits. Hagerstown's only run came on Brandon Miller's first home run in the seventh, a leadoff shot to center that tied the game at 1. Kline pitched six innings, allowing two hits, while walking two and striking out three in the no decision.
April 4, 2013
The Delmarva Shorebirds edged the Hagerstown Suns 4-3 on Thursday night in the teams' South Atlantic League season opener. The Shorebirds broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning against Suns reliever Brian Rauh. With two outs and the bases empty, Joel Hutter hit his second triple of the game and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Delmarva went up 2-0 in the second against Suns starter Dixon Anderson. Hutter hit an RBI triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Roderick Bernadina.
March 28, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding trip in the Snavely Ford section of the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, on Saturday, April 13. The trip will begin at 8 a.m. and last about three hours. It is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. Children will be welcome. Registration is not required. Snavely Ford is on Antietam Creek in the southern part of the battlefield, near the Burnside Bridge. Trip participants should meet in the Burnside Bridge parking lot. The trip will involve moderate hiking, mostly on level ground.
March 1, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding trip to the Altona Marsh in Jefferson County, W.Va. at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 20. The Marsh is a 70-acre marl wetland protected by a Nature Conservancy easement. It is a good site for birding, not only because it harbors a rich variety of species but also because the terrain offers easy viewing. Species likely to be seen at this time will include waterfowl, winter visitors and year-round birds. The trip is free. Children ages 12 and older must be accompanied by an adult.
February 13, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is accepting applications for its 2013 "Birding 101" course for beginning birders. The course will focus on bird species found in the Eastern Panhandle area. The classroom sessions will start Thursday, April 4, and continue April 11, 18 and 25. All of these sessions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center north of Shepherdstown. The field trips will be at various locations around the Panhandle on Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, from roughly 7 a.m. to noon.
February 7, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society's February program at the National Conservation Training Center, off Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, will feature a presentation about wild bird conservation and research in West Virginia. The program will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Room 151 of the Instructional West Building. Admission is free. The speaker will be Richard Bailey, state ornithologist with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. He will review his agency's efforts to work with other agencies, universities, nonprofit organizations and volunteers to conserve and protect birds and their habitats.
January 19, 2013
Interested members of the public are invited to participate in the annual C&O Canal Midwinter Bird Survey on Saturday, Jan. 26. This survey, which is coordinated by the District of Columbia Audubon Society, is designed to provide a snapshot count of birds present along the entire, 185-mile length of the canal. Locally, the Potomac Valley Audubon Society will count the birds on a three-mile section of the canal between Antietam Creek and the Rumsey Bridge at Shepherdstown. The group conducting this count will gather at the large National Park Service parking lot on Canal Road just south of the railroad bridge, and leave from that location at 7:45 a.m. sharp.
December 17, 2012
Most gardeners enjoy sharing their gardens with birds. From cardinals flashing crimson at our feeders to goldfinches plucking seeds from our coneflowers, our feathered friends make us smile. Why not honor them with some holiday gifts? Start with a long, cool drink of water. Fresh water is hard to come by in the winter, so start with a birdbath. Then tuck a birdbath heater inside. Splurge on a sturdy one and it will last for years. Location matters. Place your birdbath so you can see birds sipping and splashing from a window.
October 31, 2012
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding trip to its Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve in Berkeley County on Saturday, Nov. 17. The trip will begin at 8 a.m. and last several hours. It is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. Children will be welcome. The Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve is in Back Creek Valley in Berkeley County, one-half mile south of Shanghai, on the east side of Back Creek Valley Road. Meet in the gravel parking area at the north end the marsh.