Those of you with a camera constantly in your hand (or within easy grabbing distance) will appreciate the desire to find something beautiful in the most cliched of circumstances. Morning commute to work. Pouring rain. Gorgeous!
Armed with binoculars and embraced by some rare nice weather, members of the local Audubon Society chapter met with Alice at Menokin on April 3rd.
The purpose of the visit was to orient themselves with the trails and get a feel for the number and types of species available here for birding enthusiasts.
Menokin is situated in the Atlantic Flyway, which is a migratory route for many species. From the forests of New England, where birds like the Wood Thrush nest and breed, to the beaches and marshlands that stretch down the coast and provide habitat for Piping Plovers and Saltmarsh Sparrows, Audubon is employing tactics as diverse as this flyway’s ecosystems to protect the millions of birds that depend on this flyway. All migratory birds depend on healthy nesting grounds, healthy migratory stopover sites, and healthy wintering grounds. Audubon’s work with forest owners in the eastern United States is helping to ensure that dozens of birds have the habitat that they need to raise their young successfully. Their work to protect urban parks and coastal migrant traps and to reduce building collisions along the heavily urbanized Atlantic seaboard is helping maintain safer migratory pathways, and their growing partnerships in the Caribbean and Central America will help us protect the winter homes of these birds too.
Fifteen species were identified during the one-hour Menokin bird walk. Here is the list. Each picture links to complete species information and various recorded bird calls. Enjoy!
Menokin’s Education Coordinator, Alice French, has prepared a video lesson about architecture. In this episode she talks about roof framing and the purpose for a queen truss.
Glass House Project team members Ward Bucher and Nakita Reed from Encore Sustainable Design helped Alice with the details of this lesson on their recent working visit to Menokin in February.
Neither rain, nor cold, nor dark of night can keep a history-loving crowd from its appointed rounds.
That was the case last Friday evening when an overflow assembly of 120 people gathered at Rappahannock Community College’s Warsaw campus to here Dr. Richard S. Dunn speak about his recently published book, A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia.
Earlier that afternoon, some of Menokin’s Trustees were on hand to greet Dr. Dunn and his family as they arrived from a previous engagement in Charlottesville. Sarah Pope, Executive Director, made a brief presentation about Menokin and it’s revolutionary preservation plan to conserve and interpret this National Historic Landmark.
Guests, staff and trustees mingled with the Dunns, giving them a taste of Northern Neck hospitality, and some personal insights into the Glass House Project.
Then it was off to RCC. People came from far and near to attend the lecture. With space at a premium, many arrived early to get a good spot. The auditorium was full to capacity, with an overflow room taking those who were unable to make reservations.
The lecture wrapped up with a Q&A from the audience and a book signing.
Guests then attended a lovely reception hosted by Catherine and Tayloe Emery at nearby Mount Airy. Because Mount Airy and owner John Tayloe III were a focus of the book, it felt most appropriate for attendees to gather there to engage and be inspired.
The lecture was video-taped and I’ll be sure to post a link to you tube as soon as it’s ready to share.
Find out about upcoming events in the Menokin Speaker Series.
Now it’s easy to have your own Menokin keepsake delivered right to your door.
Introducing the SHOP page.
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