The VSO annual field trip to Virginia Beach will be held Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8, 2013. The kick-off for the weekend will be a Friday afternoon trip to Pleasure House Point led by Rexanne Bruno for those arriving early. Other field trips include a visit to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) on Saturday morning, a Saturday afternoon trip to Fisherman Island led by USFWS volunteers from Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, and a tram ride at Back Bay NWR and False Cape State Park on Sunday morning. For additions to the schedule & updates, please check back for additions to the schedule & updates. More details here »
American Birding Association Rally; San Diego, CA, October 12-16, 2013
A wonderful opportunity has arisen for VSO members! ABA has invited VSO members to participate in their San Diego Rally, Oct. 12 - 16, 2013,and for those who are interested, an extension to the Salton Sea from Oct. 17-18. For any VSO member that registers for the San Diego Rally between now and October 1, 2013, the ABA will contribute $100 to VSO's Conservation Fund.
Full Details about the rally and cost are available at the ABA website.
If you wish to register, please provide VSO's Membership Chair, Shirley Devan (firstname.lastname@example.org or 757.813.1322) with your name(s) and contact information. She will compile the list for ABA's George Armistead, who will then get in touch with you about registering.
In the Fall 2008 issue of the Virginia Society of Ornithology newsletter, VSO President David Spears said, “In the Federalist Papers, Hamilton and Madison wrote, 'If men were angels, no government would be necessary.' But men aren't angels, they went on to argue, and therefore we need rules to govern our behavior. What about birders? Are we all angels? Do we need rules?”
President Spears' article continued on this idea of rules for birding and defining ethical birding behavior. The Virginia Society of Ornithology recently adopted a set of principles for birding ethically. The VSO has been considering the issues related to birding ethics for the past year. These issues have been discussed at length on the VA-Bird listserv, in emails, at VSO board meetings and field trips, in the VSO newsletter and who knows where else. Birding organizations across the country and the world are considering or have enacted similar policies. Many organizations have adopted the American Birding Association's code of birding ethics. The VSO's Principles of Birding Ethics are based on this ABA code. The VSO hopes these are guidelines that birders in Virginia will support and abide by. Please share copies of the principles with your birding friends. Download VSO's Principles of Birding Ethics ...>>