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PWCAPrince William Conservation Alliance

Community Report
November 17, 2016
Read online here


Virginia Scenic Byways

PWCA Open House

Nokeville Christmas Bird Count

Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm

Birding by ear - new ap to learn bird songs

Prince William Roads Proposed for Virginia Scenic Byways:

» Waterfall Road, from the Fauquier County line east to the intersection of Antioch Rd.

» Antioch Road, from the Route 601 intersection south to Route 55

» John Marshall Highway, from Route 681 to the Fauquier County line

» Aden Road, between Route 619 and Route 28

» Bristow Road, between Joplin Road (Route 619) and Route 28

» Joplin Road between Bristow Road and 1-95

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Learn to bird by ear with a new ap for your phone.

Developed by Prince William resident Larry Underwood and his son Matthew.

Larry's mother says this ap is an excellent way to learn bird calls. We agree! You can read more and download the ap here or search the Ap Store/Google Play for iKnowBirdSongs.

Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm WMA... the last Sunday of every month

Meet 8am at the Stone House, 14020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville.

Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars and cameras. Everyone is welcome.

Questions and RSVP (appreciated not required) to alliance@ pwconserve.org

Scenic Byways for PWC - A Little Something to Brag About

Rural Crescent FarmPublic Hearing – Tuesday, November 22, at the 2pm Board of Supervisors meeting
We encourage you to use the information in this email when you share your views with Supervisors; click here to email Supervisors.

Virginia's Scenic Byway program recognizes that scenic roads are key community assets. It is part of Virginia's tourism promotional strategy to stimulate local economies.

There are more than 2,500 miles of Scenic Byways in Virginia, including many miles in Fauquier County, Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. Prince William County currently has none.

The proposed Prince William byways, listed in the left column, are special areas. They have 11 nationally recognized historic sites, two state listed historic sites, mountain vistas, and no detracting properties, billboards or trash.

The Scenic Byway designation does not limit road improvements, and roads are eligible for federal scenic byway funds.

Protecting our scenic byways is an inexpensive and forward-looking way to highlight Prince William's unique assets and build a bright future for County residents.

Following four public meetings, Prince William Supervisors voted unanimously to endorse the proposed Byways on December 8, 2015 and January 19, 2016.

Supervisors are scheduled for a final vote this coming Tuesday, November 22, at the 2pm Board meeting. After this, the last step is approval by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in January 2017.

Links to relevant documents are online here. Please take a few minutes to share your views with Supervisors.

PWCA Open House

Open HouseMonday, December 5, 5pm to 7:00pm at Prince William Conservation Alliance, 2241F Tackett’s Mill Drive, Woodbridge

Special guests include Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth Anderson and Sycamore Ridge Homeowners Assoc. President Rob Carswell.

Please join us for a drink, appetizers, and a lively conversation about the public school proposed by Chinn Park and green open space in Prince William County.

Our Open House is free of charge, everyone is welcome. For more information, contact us at alliance@pwconserve.org or 703-499-4954.

Nokesville Christmas Bird Count

Wood Duck by Julia FlanaganMonday, December 26, beginning at 7am

RSVP required to alliance@ pwconserve.org, 703.499.4954. Survey teams meet at a location within their survey area.

Read more and view the 2015 results here.

With the holiday season upon us, it will soon be time for the 117th Christmas Bird Count, led by the National Audubon Society. PWCA sponsors the Nokesville Count Circle, which covers a 15-mile diameter circle centered on Merrimac Farm WMA.

Everyone is welcome! There are three ways you can help:

1. Join a survey team to identify and count birds in the field (beginning birders welcome).

2. Identify and count birds in your backyard (if you live in the Nokesville Circle boundaries)

3. Prepare and/or serve food to hungry birders at the Merrimac Farm Stone House.

This is a great opportunity to meet the remarkable variety of birds that spend the winter in Northern Virginia. Please join us for a fun, rewarding day and be a part of the oldest and largest citizen science project in the world.
Northern Flickr by Julia Flanagan