Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

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Birds other than hawks use the Rockfish Gap as a key fly-through point in the Blue Ridge. Hawk Watch volunteer Vic Laubach captured this shot of an osprey soaring close to observers on Afton Mountain. Photo by Vic Laubach. Birds other than hawks use the Rockfish Gap as a key fly-through point in the Blue Ridge. Hawk Watch volunteer Vic Laubach captured this shot of an osprey soaring close to observers on Afton Mountain. Photo by Vic Laubach.

Each week, C-VILLE’s Green Scene page takes a look at local environmental news. The section’s bulletin board has information on local green events and keeps you up to date on statewide happenings. Got an event or a tip you’d like to see here and in the paper? Write us at news@c-ville.com.

Night watch: Get a new view of the heavens at the Ivy Creek Foundation‘s Star Party at 7:30pm Friday, September 21. Bring your own telescope or use those of the Charlottesville Astronimcal Society, which will be setting up in the field next to the barn at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.

Gawk at hawks: See raptors soar and help with crucial hawk counts with the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, a group of dedicated birders who monitor the fall hawk migration, which is currently under way. Each year, volunteers stake out the parking lot of the Inn at Afton, just above where I-64 intersects with the Skyline Drive. Join them there for great views as the birds fly through the gap. Check out the group’s website for more details, and read C-VILLE next week for more on the hawk watch.

Celebrating wilderness: The Virginia Wilderness Committee, Wild Virginia, and the U.S. Forest Service have teamed up for events to raise public awareness of Virginia’s wild places in the lead-up to the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act in 2014. The next event takes place at 7pm Thursday, September 27 at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, and features talks by nature writer Chris Bolgiano and former Wilderness Society president Bill Meadows. Visit www.celebratewildreness.org for more info.

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