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Piney Grove Field Trip, May 30, 2015

VSO Summer Field Trip to Blacksburg June 12-14, 2015

VSO Winter Newsletter

2015 revised VSO field checklist

Jackson M. Abbott Conservation Award
A Call for Nominations

VSO Speakers Directory 2014-2015 now available

J. J. Murray Research Award Call for Applications

James Eike Service Award Call for Nominations


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2015 VSO Annual Meeting

Spring in the Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains Wintergreen Resort, May 8 - 10

A spectacular mountain-top setting and Blue Ridge avian specialties will make the 2015 VSO Annual Meeting a can’t miss experience. Field trips along the ridges as well as down into the Rockfish and Shenandoah Valleys should yield unbeatable natural beauty — not to mention an excellent list and great company of fellow birders. Jointly hosting are the Augusta Bird Club and Monticello Bird Club, with past VSO president John Spahr serving as general chair. Our headquarters will be Wintergreen Resort. Mark your calendar and reserve your lodging now.
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Piney Grove Field Trip, May 30, 2015

Piney Grove
VSO at Piney Grove © VSO

The VSO and Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) are jointly offering a field trip to The Nature Conservancy’s Piney Grove Preserve, site of nesting Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers. Mike Wilson from the CCB will be our leader. More details ...>>

VSO Summer Field Trip to Blacksburg
June 12-14, 2015

Blacksburg © EAG Wikipedia

The New River Valley Bird Club will host the VSO summer field trip, featuring some of the best birding areas in the New River Valley and Southern Appalachians. The varied topography and the river valley offer a wide variety of habitats and bird species. Field trips will be offered Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning. Bill Akers and Jerry Via will be our trip leaders, and they have planned some terrific activities for us! More details ...>>

VSO’s Principles of Birding Ethics

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 ...>>