|News and Highlights
Give Choose - On May 3rd, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will participate in #GiveChoose - a day to celebrate local non-profits and fundraise as a community. Check out our special page and a neat wildlife slide show here. And help us compete for a special $500 social media prize TODAY by liking this Facebook post and retweeting this Twitter post. Thank you!
The Birdiest Time of the Year! That's the theme of one of our birdwalks this month. We are celebrating nature and especially birds in May, with walks to mark International Migratory Bird Day. We are thinking about the beautiful, struggling Monarchs too and putting out nectar plants and thinking about the essential milkweed they need. A busy and welcome month indeed!
Birdathon! It's not too late to form a team and join in the annual Birdathon! See how many species you can find in a 24-hour period between May 1 and May 15. You can support the event or support your favorite team here or form your own team by signing up here.
New member discounts! We are pleased to announce three new discounts for current Loudoun Wildlife members. You will receive 10% off at Hill House Nursery, Nature by Design and Watermark Woods. Check out these and other member discounts here. Make sure your membership is up to date! Renew or Join today!
Help us help monarchs! Recent reports suggest that the monarch butterfly faces a high probability of extinction in the next 20 years unless habitat is restored. Volunteers who assist with our milkweed sales in May and June will be part of the solution: selling native, pesticide-free plants to community members who want to grow their gardens for the benefit of monarchs and other pollinators! For dates and details, contact Kelly Senser at email@example.com.
If you're looking for a way to share your love of native plants and gardens, here are some great opportunities:
- Bluebird Nestbox Trail Monitors needed: Are you interested in monitoring one of our bluebird trails? We need a few more volunteers to peek in boxes, count eggs and babies and help track our populations! Time is about an hour once per month (April - August). If you are interested, please contact Karla Etten, our Loudoun County Coordinator for Bluebird Monitoring firstname.lastname@example.org
- Trail Maintenance Coordinator
Ongoing, Morven Park, 1-2 People; 2-10 hrs week
- Monitor trail maintenance needs & plan trail maintenance days (trimming, clearing, trail definition, trash pick up).
Engage our team of habitat restoration volunteers to plan habitat restoration events (e.g. non-natives removal -- garlic mustard pull in the spring, barberry removal, projects to address erosion issue on the two major inclines).
Develop remaining trail network (2 more trails).
Summary of Upcoming Events
- Morven Park Nature Walk — Sunday, May 1, 8:00 a.m.
- Identifying and Learning About the Warblers of the Mid-Atlantic Region — Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 p.m.
- Birding at Bles Park — Friday, May 6, 8:00 a.m.
- The Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship — Saturday, May 7, 8:00 a.m.
- “We're Going WILD” Youth & Family Nature Walk Series: Nighttime Discoveries — Saturday, May 7, 6:00 p.m.
- Beagle Club/Institute Farm — Wednesday, May 11, 8 a.m.
- Monarch Butterflies: Keeping the Magic Alive with You! —Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
- Camp Highroad — Friday, May 13, 8:00 a.m.
- Birding Banshee — Saturday, May 14, 8:00 a.m.
- Birding and Brunch at Goodstone Inn — Saturday, May 21, 8:00 a.m.
- The Birdiest Time of the Year: Meet Your Birds! — Saturday, May 14, 9:00 a.m.
- Natural History of the Appalachian Trail — Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m.
- Birding the Blue Ridge Center — Saturday, May 28, 8:00 a.m.
- Northwest Federal’s Leesburg Branch “Goes Wild” in May! — Saturday, May 28, 10:00 a.m.
- Spring Explorers: A Beginner Photography Workshop for Kids and Families — Saturday, June
- Morven Park Nature Walk — Sunday, June 5, 8:00 a.m
|Special Thanks to the Dulles Greenway for their generous donation from their annual "Drive for Charity"
Brown Thrasher Photo by Nicole Hamilton.
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- Rachel Carson
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