Program Discusses Plight of Local Birds

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society is presenting the second of the 2012 program series entitled “Birds of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, Their Status and Future”. The presentation will feature Mr. Bruce Ingram, an expert in birding and conservation in Virginia. Ingram writes for variety of outdoor magazines such as Virginia Wildlife, Wildlife in North Carolina, Bassmaster, Virginia Game and Fish, Turkey Call and many others. He is in town researching a magazine article on the Shenandoah River Watershed.

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Mr. Ingram is nationally known for his in-depth knowledge of Virginia’s rivers including the Shenandoah and the James, fishing, birds and their calls. An avid bird lover, he has become a proponent of creating conservation easements throughout Virginia as a method of protecting wildlife. A high school teacher in Troutville, Virginia, he has used his earnings from writing to place 392 acres in a conservation easement and works with the Western Virginia Land Trust to promote the benefits of conservation easements for birds and their migration patterns.

As the local Audubon Christmas bird count shows decreasing numbers of birds familiar to this area, including the northern bobwhite, it can be seen that farming practices, run-off to the streams and rivers, development and land use issues are having an impact on the wildlife. Mr. Ingram’s recent articles concern quail, golden-winged warblers, grouse and turkeys. He will be discussing these and birds that require early succession habitat, which is lacking.

Bring your questions regarding birds, conservation and the importance of protecting our watershed for this meeting. Mr. Don Looke, the Piedmont Environmental Council’s land conservation officer for Clarke County, will also be available to answer questions about conserving your land locally.

This program is free and open to the public. The lecture will be held on April 9th at 7 pm in Room 102 of Shenandoah University’s Bowman Building. The Bowman Building is located in downtown Winchester at 30 S. Cameron Street, between Cork and Boscawen. There is ample free parking in the lot behind the building which is accessible from either Cameron or Kent Streets.

For more information contact Ms. Rosemary Rogers, Programs Chair, Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society at (540) 323-7627 or visit





  1. Frankly, I’m very disappointed in the Dept of Game and Fisheries in this state. I remember as a kid growing up you’d see game birds, pheasant, quail, grouse. Now they are all but gone due to an overabundance of predator animals. Granted, there’s not much the Game and Fisheries folks can do about loss of habitat and loss of plants that these birds fed on, but whose brilliant idea was it to introduce the Red Tailed hawk into the area? And everyone knows that foxes in this county are protected like an endangered species. God forbid “the hounds” not have anything to chase.

    So my question is, when it used to say on the back of a hunting license (before they were printed out on a computer) that the money goes to “game management”, where has all that money gone? I see no game birds, oodles of hawks and trillions of deer running around.

    Pretty poor “management” if you ask me

  2. Lonnie Bishop says:

    The red-tailed hawk is a native hawk species to Virginia – heck, most of North America. It has come back, like other raptors, as the ban on DDT has had a positive effect on the ability of their eggs to remain viable.

    I get the fact that you’re peeved at most stuff “government,” but honestly, Sarge, your snippiness needs to be redirected on this one.

    • Hmmm, given bad info by my bird man then. Although I don’t remember seeing nearly as many hawks 30 years ago as I do now. And again, you used to see a lot more quail and such.

      I guess it’s probably more pronounced and more apparent to me because having grown up in the woods, and then leaving for almost 25 years, I probably see the difference more starkly than folks who have grown up here and and just lived with the transistion over the years