During the peak of spring migration, Ezra Staengl and his brother Theo will lead a bird walk at the Quarry Gardens on Tuesday, April 27, starting at 7:30 a.m. The Yellow-rumped warbler above, photographed by Ezra, is among many species that have been recorded here.
The brothers (Theo left, Ezra right) are active volunteer citizen-scientists, both contributing data to the 2nd Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas (https://dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/birds/virginia-breeding-bird-atlas/). Ezra contributes to Birding Virginia (https://birdingvirginia.org), which lists QGs as a Nelson County hotspot with 87 species recorded in the past few years. Both Staengls have had leading roles in the Blue Ridge Young Birders Club, Ezra currently serving as president. As younger men in 2017, ages 13 and 10, they provided text and images for the bird show in the Quarry Gardens Visitor Center.
On the April walk, we’ll roam the Quarry Gardens and parts of the adjoining 400-acre QGs Preserve using the trail sound system that gives each participant a receiver. Reservations are $10 per person, payable online. Sign up at quarrygardensatschuyler.org/visit.
Staengl photographs may be seen here:
Ezra posts about their travels and adventures at Birds and Buds: