2024 events

We offer a range of field trips from September through May, as well as an annual member picnic. Guided birding trips are held during peak bird migration and breeding seasons. Bring binoculars, if you have them. Wear sturdy shoes and plan on walking for about two hours on paved trails. If weather forces cancellation, a notification will be sent by the club listserv (sign up) and WhatsApp.

March Field Trips

Woodcock Walk at Deerfield Trail

Friday March 1 @ 5:30 pm

Meet at the trailhead at 1200 Deerfield Drive, in Blacksburg. Bring a flashlight. Trip leader Bill Akers will scout in advance to listen for the American Woodcock, whose courtship flights begin at dusk. We’ll start early to see diurnal species preparing to roost. We may hear Fox Sparrows sing, preparing to return north to breed. At sunset we’ll wait for the “peent” of the Woodcock signaling the start of their display. We may see Great-horned Owls while waiting for the woodcocks. For American Woodcock info follow this link. http://timberdoodle.org/ 

Pandapas Pond Day Use Area

Saturday  March 30 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Bill Akers at the lower parking lot. We will look for the first spring migrants: Pine Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Tree Swallow, Blue-headed Vireo, and Louisiana Waterthrush. It is always a pleasant walk around the pond where a variety of species will be seen.