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S Malone Alexandria Anytime English
E Serlin Alexandria Anytime English
The Northern Virginia area has diverse habitats which make it a good birding destination year around.
S Gill Charlottesville Weekend English
I am fortunate to live near some nice spring migration spots especially for warblers. Then there are the Blue Ridge Mnts. nearby.
R Abraham Christiansburg Anytime English
I live in an area where there are small towns. Blacksburg and Christiansburg and Radford, Virginia. Blacksburg is the home of the largest University in the State. Radford is the host to a smaller University, Radford. As Radford parallels New River there are ample opportunities to bird in our area. There are also birding trails in both Blacksburg and in Radford. These are a part of the Virginia Birding trail system. I have a small Jon boat and I am willing to take a fellow birder on a river trip. However I will not be interested in taking any person birding who smokes. I am an avid bird watcher as well as a photographer. When I go on trips I will always take a camera with me. I will always be more than willing to answer any inquiries that folks would like to know about the area where I live. I belong to the New River Bird Club and have many friends who also are active birders both for identification as well as for Bird Photography. I am an retired active guy who loves birds and have been a birder since I was a teenager.
K Mills Church Falls Weekend English
G Weinberger Doswell Anytime English
P Reum Highland County Weekend English
Highland County is well-known to birders. In the winter, you can see Golden Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks and other more northern species. Also a real hot spot during migration. I have a cottage for rent (reasonal rates) and am willing to show you where to go to see birds.
C Metzgar Manakin Sabot Anytime English
some Spanish
West of Richmond, VA; wooded areas, flat, some marsh, near large river. Good winter and spring birds. Amateur; several international trips. Just for fun.
R Young McLean Weekend English


  J Harris Orlean, Virginia, USA Sundays and Mondays. Other times possible. English, Spanish, Indonesian (coversational)
  Hi, I am a birder based in Orlean, VA. I visit the hotspots in Fauquier County often and make regular trips to other areas in northern Virginia and adjacent West Virginia. Our region is rich in birds by piedmont standards and we have a large diversity of high quality habitats (forest, shrublands, grasslands, and lakes). I'm also interested in butterflies and dragonflies.

I work at the Clifton Institute, where we have regular nature programs for the public, including bird walks.
Shenandoah NP, Airlie Conference Center,Thompson WMA, Sky Meadows SP, Phelps WMA

Area Birds:
Short-eared Owl, Redhead, Cerulean Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Veery, Dickcissel

Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, skiing, swimming, beach
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, backpack, portage, canoe, ship
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation
Attend: concert, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, political rally, protest
Participate: bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, Phish, wine, beer, liquor
Play: climbing, kayaking

C Kessler Radford Anytime English
M O'Bryan Richmond Anytime English
B Adams Richmond Anytime English, French
M Eiger Roanoke Anytime English
Available, when I do not have any wild birds that I am rehabbing. Local Roanoke and local "hot spots" within 20/30 miles. Will answer questions about injured wild birds.
G Mapel Shenandoah Valley, zip 24469 Anytime English
Shenandoah National Park, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Harrisonburg areas are my home areas. I know locations for breeding Cerulean Warblers, wintering waterfowl, and much else.
J Blalock South Boston Anytime English
Near Staunton River State Park, Staunton River Battlefield State Park, Buggs Island Lake (known as Kerr Lake in North Carolina). Only about an hour and a half from the mountains of Virginia.
D Holsinger Timberville Anytime English, some Spanish
Been birding for twenty plus years. Do bird surveys for the Forest Service.
J Gozart Warrenton (Northern VA) Weekend English
I have been birding for 10+ years. I am a member of the Northern Virginia Bird Club and previously a member of Potomac Valley Audubon Society, where I used to live. I currently travel for work and have had the chance to bird in Italy, Austria, Singapore, and Seoul. I have birded with birding pals in San Francisco and Vienna this year and would like to get the chance to go birding with visitors of N. VA or even DC.
L Meade Vienna Anytime English
I am an active birder and photographer who often leads trips for the Northern Virginia Bird Club. This area has many birdy locations especially during migration.
C Jeschke Winchester Weekend English
T Brill Winchester Weekend English
Most parks like Shenandoah National Park. Like hiking trails. Hawk MT.PA -and WV some.

M Hillman Wallops Island Weekends (generally Friday and Saturday), Open to other days. English
I am a young professional with a passion for birding and nature. My background is in the zoo and aquarium field, where I have spent the last 6 years working as an educator, presenter, tour leader, and zookeeper.

Currently, I coordinate and lead educational programs on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, including as a Birding Guide for Road Scholar.

I am avid birder, though with a degree in Zoology I can get just as excited by any other class of animal.

I'm always trying to add species to my bird/mammal/reptile/amphibian/fish lists and that gets me outdoors and traveling as much as possible in my spare time.

If you are looking for adventure on a long trek or simply some easy birding at a couple prime local spots, I would love to take you out in the Delmarva region.

Happy Birding!

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, Village Creek Drying Beds, River Legacy

Area Birds:
Waterfowl, Osprey and other birds of prey, sparrows
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, herping, wildlife watching, swimming, snorkeling, beach, camping
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, long walk, backpack, portage, canoe, kayak, ship, cruise
Visit: tourist site, zoo, aquarium, museum, restaurant, monument, arboretum, tech
Attend: concert, theatre, live music, convention, competition, movies, presentations
Participate: night life, party, social games, volunteering, research projects


  V Laubach Waynesboro Anytime English
  I am a Professor of Surgery at the University of Virginia where I run a research lab. I've lived and birded in this area for over 17 years. I have extensive experience birding the Counties of Augusta, Rockingham, Albemarle, and Highland. I am also the Coordinator of the nearby Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch.

I'm always looking for an excuse to get out and about. I'll be happy to show you around and help you find birds in general or specific target species if desired.
I live in beautiful Shenandoah Valley that has a wide diversity of habitat and bird species to be found from rolling fields, mixed woodland, rivers/lakes/ponds, marshes/wetlands, mountains, and expansive forest.

Swoope, Augusta Springs Wetlands, Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, Natural Chimneys, Reddish Knob, Lake Shenandoah, Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Shendoah National Park, King Family Vineyard, Lickinghole Creek, Blue Grass Valley, Laurel Fork Road, Paddy Knob, Wimer Mountain Road

Area Birds:
Raptors, sparrows, warblers, waterfowl, waders, shorebirds, game birds, woodpeckers, Icterids, Red Crossbill, Grasshopper Sparrow, Horned Lark

Nature: birdwatching, photography.
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, car.
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, vineyard.
Attend: concert, theatre, live music, sports event.

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Local Information
Name Description
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Virginia
Local weather Yahoo
Delmarva Ornithological Society Club
Audubon Society of Northern Virginia Club
Cape Henry Audubon Society Club
Northern Neck of Virginia Audubon Society Club
Richmond Audubon Society Club
Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society Club
Virginia Beach Audubon Society Club
Brian Patteson's Pelagic
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