The Northern Neck Chapter of the National Audubon Society, Inc., (NNAS), is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, supporting its mission to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. We believe that our efforts are best focused on our regional area, counties nearby and on the Northern Neck of Virginia, which is a recognized national treasure. We speak for the birds and their habitat, inextricably linked, because they cannot speak for themselves. Our actions and advocacy are nonpartisan but are active and vigorous. We delight in birds, other wildlife, landscapes, and waterways and take pride and pleasure in passing this legacy to all audiences and all generations present and future.
The purpose of NNAS is to engage in educational, scientific, literary, historical and related charitable pursuits as are set forth in its Articles of Incorporation and is the purpose of National Audubon Society, Inc. NNAS is a nonprofit under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
NNAS has regular events and activities for members and the general public. Events include meetings that feature presentations, visiting speakers, discussions, and such other events that promote interest in and appreciation of birds, conservation, ecology, and natural resources supporting the mission. A list serve is offered to members to share information about their bird sightings. A Chapter Directory is made available to members along with a newsletter. See our website for information on our upcoming meetings, bird walks, and events.
Bird walks are conducted by local members or visiting experts on the Northern Neck and vicinity. Usually, these are held on the second Monday and last Saturday of the month, in the morning. Locations and times vary, are posted on website and published in newspapers. The walks are designed for birders of all level of experience and interests. We have loaner binoculars available for those who want to join us. These are a fun way to get outdoors and see new areas of the Northern Neck.
The Chapter holds and maintains several conservation easements, including Hickory Hollow Natural Area Preserve in Lancaster County, and is the sponsor of the Lower Rappahannock Important Bird Area. It is engaged in an annual nesting box construction project, building primarily bluebird boxes and then distributing and selling them.
Grants are available to other non-profits with specific projects to further the mission of the Chapter. Grant forms are on the website.
What we do is have fun though our activities and commitment to helping birds and the environment on the Northern Neck.
- Provide Education and Citizen Science opportunities, focusing on birds and their habitat
- Build and distribute for sale, bluebird boxes with instructions on their best use
- Encourage and support land conservation
- Many links to organizations of interest are included on our Chapter website: www.northernneckaudubon.squarespace.com including one to National Audubon Society: www.audubon.org
- Field List of Birds on the Northern Neck in PDF available on our website
- PDFs – Map & Info on Hickory Hollow & Nature Trails on NNk; see also http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural-heritage/natural-area-preserves/hickory
- PDF on Nesting Box Predator Guards
- PDF NNAS Brochure & Membership application
- PDF Map of Chilton Woods State Forest – walking trails on website
- PDF NNAS Newsletters on website
- Word docs, convertible to pdf on attracting hummingbirds and bobwhite quailphotos of birds taken locally – TBD