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NEWS
May 8, 2010
In early April, Greg and Susan Mason of Clear Spring spotted this robin in their backyard. Although at first they thought it might be an albino, the Masons realized that there is still coloring on the breast. Greg said he had to purchase a new Cannon digital camera just so he could capture the bird for the photo. They sent a photo off to Cornell University experts who confirmed it isn't albino, but the coloring is rare. Even though it doesn't look like the rest of the birds, 'the robin seems to be content and the Masons suspect its a female and is building a nest.
LIFESTYLE
September 7, 2012
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a bird walk in the Bolivar Heights section of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The trip begins at 8 a.m. The event is free. No registration is required. Participants will meet at the Bolivar Heights parking area. The trip will involve a three-mile hike partly through woods. Participants will have the option to drop out at about the halfway point. This trip will be cancelled in the event of rain.
OPINION
May 25, 2011
Ninty-three percent of all males love these calls: The lady in distress who needs a man of mechanical ability to get her out of an epic crisis. But it should be noted that there is a small group — my group — that fears these calls like they fear the permitting process on a protected wetland. We are the unfortunates who have no mechanical ability, the ones whose failings in the manhood department will be sorely exposed should we ever have to come within 20 feet of a torque wrench.
LIFESTYLE
March 22, 2012
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a bird walk on the C&O Canal near Harpers Ferry on Wednesday, April 4. The event is free and no  advance registration is required. Anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them. Children will be welcome. The walk will cover about four miles of level terrain along the towpath. Participants should plan to meet at 8 a.m. outside John Brown's Fort, where Potomac and Shenandoah streets join in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2012
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a bird walk at the National Conservation Training Center on Saturday, April 28. Event is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes or boots, dress appropriately for prevailing weather conditions, and bring water and bug spray. Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them. Advance registration  is due before Monday, April 23. To register, go to www.potomacaudubon.org or contact trip leader Sandy Sagalkin at monsansagalkin@myactv.net or 240-291-6465.
LIFESTYLE
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.
LIFESTYLE
June 1, 2012
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a bird walk at Harpers Ferry for Wednesday, June 13. Participants will meet at 7 a.m. in the parking area on Shenandoah Street just below the intersection with U.S. 340. The walk will be free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children will be welcome. The walk will focus on the riverfront and old canal areas of Virginius Island. Likely species to be sighted include orioles, various types of vireos and flycatchers, herons, ducks, raptors, and perhaps a few types of warblers.
NEWS
August 1, 2000
Hurt bird released owl-right By KERRI SACCHET / Staff Writer photo: RYAN ANSON / staff photographer SHARPSBURG - When Rex Miller's canoe glided down the Potomac River on the afternoon of Friday, July 7, he never expected he and his group would end up saving an injured barred owl caught in a fishing line. It was by chance that Miller turned his head and saw that the bird was in a weird position. "It just didn't look right to see the wing and tail just laying in the water," said Miller, a biologist and administrator for Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center at Sharpsburg.
NEWS
by TIM ROWLAND | September 14, 2004
Editor's Note: Tim Rowland is on vacation this week. In his absence, The Morning Herald is publishing previous columns. This column first appeared Jan. 8, 1997. Fully realizing that this puts me in the same category as some very odd people, I must admit that one of my favorite hobbies is bird watching. Only half of the hobby is bird watching, really. The other half is watching the people who are watching the birds. I'm not a fanatic about it; I don't have one of those monopods with the land equivalent of the Hubble telescope so you can categorize the fibers on an evening grosbeak to see whether it may have been involved in the O.J. Simpson case.
NEWS
January 7, 1997
Tim Rowland Herald-Mail Columnist Fully realizing that this puts me in the same category as some very odd people, I must admit that one of my favorite hobbies is bird watching. Only half of the hobby is bird watching, really. The other half is watching the people who are watching the birds. I'm not a fanatic about it; I don't have one of those monopods with the land equivalent of the Hubble telescope so you can categorize the fibers on an evening grosbeak to see whether it may have been involved in the O.J. Simpson case.
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LIFESTYLE
August 21, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring two Jefferson County birding trips in early September. Both trips will focus on migrating fall birds. The first trip will be to the Altona Marsh west of Charles Town on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Altona Marsh is a rare, 70-acre marl wetland protected by a Nature Conservancy easement. Because this is a protected site and there are access issues, participants in this trip must register in advance and sign a waiver. For more information, contact Jim Farley at jamesfarley@frontiernet.net or 540-686-2056.
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NEWS
August 18, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding trip to the South Schoolhouse Ridge section of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The walk will begin at 7 a.m. and last two to three hours. It will be free, and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome. Registration is not required. Participants will meet at the South Schoolhouse Ridge parking area. From U.S. 340 west of Harpers Ferry, turn south onto Millville Road (W.Va.
NEWS
August 14, 2013
The sixth annual Berkeley Springs Fall Birding Festival will be held at various locations in and around Berkeley Springs from Friday, Sept. 20, to Sunday, Sept. 22. Most of the festival's events will be free and the public is invited. Events will include Friday and Saturday evening programs at the Ice House, bird walks and workshops during the day Saturday, and a bird walk Sunday morning. The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is the lead festival sponsor. This year's featured evening speaker will be naturalist and nature photographer Wil Hersh-berger.
LIFESTYLE
August 7, 2013
 The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding trip to two sites in western Berkeley County on Thursday, Aug. 22. The trip will begin at 7 a.m. It will be free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is required. Participants should plan to meet at 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the Food Lion supermarket on W.Va. 51 in Inwood. From there, they will travel first to an orchard near Gerrardstown, where the focus will be on grassland birds and other species.
LIFESTYLE
July 19, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor birding field trips on the historic Claymont property outside Charles Town, on Tuesday July 30, and Monday, Aug. 5. Both trips will begin at 6:30 a.m. They are free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Field trip participants should meet the trip leader on the Claymont entrance road. The entrance is at 667 Huyett Road; it is marked by a street sign that says “Claymont Mansion.” The trips will involve about three miles of moderate hiking.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding field trip to the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in Loudoun County, Va., on Wednesday, July 24. The trip will be free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. No registration is required. The center is at 11661 Harpers Ferry Road (Va. 671), a couple of miles south of U.S. 340 and just opposite the Neersville Fire Department. Look for a small sign with the Blue Ridge logo.
SPORTS
July 7, 2013
Sometimes being frugal is the best way to go, especially when it's a necessity. Just ask the Hagerstown Suns on Sunday. They managed to score seven runs on just two hits. Hagerstown became resourceful again, this time needing only seven hits to produce 11 runs in an 11-7 win over Delmarva to remain atop of the South Atlantic League Northern Division standings. The Suns used Brandon Miller's first-inning grand slam and Estarlin Martinez's second-inning three-run blast - Hagerstown's only two hits in the rallies - to jump out to an early 7-1 lead and held on for its sixth victory in the last seven games.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a bird walk on the C&O Canal near Harpers Ferry on Wednesday, June 26. There is no fee and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children will be welcome. The walk will involve about four miles of level walking along the towpath. Participants should meet at 7 a.m. outside John Brown's Fort, where Potomac and Shenandoah streets meet in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Parking is available along Potomac Street near the train station.
LIFESTYLE
By JESSICA MANUEL | Special to The Herald-Mail | May 30, 2013
While the proper name is ornithology, most know the relaxing springtime activity as bird watching.  Warmer weather has arrived, and that means there are plenty of feathery friends to see in the confines of your own backyard. “What's delighting me right now are the neotropical migrants, the birds that left for the winter and are migrating back for spring,” said Nancy Kirschbaum of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, a local organization that draws people from Washington County and West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.
SPORTS
By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com | 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.
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