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“There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for spring.”

- Rachel Carson



April 2017
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Native Plant Sale, 9 am


Birding for Conservatiion, 2p

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Birding Banshee, 8am


Spring Wildflowers, 12p

Go Jump in a Creek..., 1p

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Spring Wildflowers, 10a




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Birding BRCES, 8am

Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival, 10am

Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival, 10am

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Program and Event Descriptions:

Native Plant Sale — Saturday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Main parking lot, Morven Park. (Please use the Old Waterford Road entrance.) Native plants are beautiful and grow better because they are adapted for our weather conditions and soils; they also provide greater benefit to our native wildlife because plants and animals evolved together. Three vendors will have a wide variety of native plants to offer: Janet Davis of Hill House Farm and Nursery in Castleton, Virginia (www.hillhousenativeplants.com); Julie Borneman of Watermark Woods Nursery in Hamilton, Virginia (www.watermarkwoods.com); and Randee Wilson of Nature by Design in Alexandria, Virginia (www.nature-by-design.com). The sale, sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, is staffed by volunteers who have knowledge of native plants. To see plants each nursery carries or to place orders ahead of time (all nursery stock is not present), visit their websites. Look here for more information about the sale. Questions: Contact Ann Garvey at agarvey@loudounwildlife.org.

Birding for Conservation in Virginia’s Second Breeding Bird Atlas (VABBA2) Sunday, April 2, 2:00 pm, Stone Barn, Morven Park, Leesburg. (Please use Old Waterford Rd. entrance to park.) 2017 is the second year of the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas, the largest statewide bird conservation effort to date. In 2016, more than 450 Atlas volunteers confirmed 174 species breeding species and reported over 200,000 observations to this project. However, there is still much ground to cover in the next four years. Dr. Ashley Peele, the State Atlas Coordinator, will speak about the pressing need for better information on Virginia’s breeding birds and how citizen scientists are helping collect this valuable data. Come hear about interesting results from the VABBA2’s first year and how eBird is revolutionizing our ability to collect and report real-time bird observations. Any person with an interest in birds can contribute to this project, so please join us for the talk and a Q&A session afterwards. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.

Birding Banshee ― Saturday, April 8, 8:00 a.m. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve for the monthly bird walk. Because of its rich and varied habitat, the preserve is a birding hot spot. This is a great opportunity to learn about and see new species and become reacquainted with those we haven't seen since last fall. Please bring binoculars. Questions: contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org

"Go Jump in a Creek..." a family nature walk — Sunday, April 9, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Catoctin Creek at Taylorstown Bridge. Go jump in a creek…with us! Join us to explore the requirements of healthy streams by getting into the creek to search and sweep for macro-invertebrates.  The inhabitants of a stream can tell us SO much of the health of the water and habitat. Limit: 15 children, ages 7+; no infants, strollers, or pets. All youth under age 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Registration required: Sign Up Online. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org. 

Spring WildflowersSunday, April 9, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 15, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Balls Bluff. Join Virginia Master Naturalist Bill Cour on Sunday, April 9 and John DeMary, well-known local naturalist, April 15 on a field trip to explore this beautiful, wooded riverside park for the early spring wildflowers that enrich the Potomac River Valley. We will also watch for early migrating birds. If you own binoculars, please bring them. Meet at the parking lot. Limit: 15 participants. Because this is a popular outing, we ask that you sign up for just one of the walks. Registration required: Sign Up Online. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.

Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival  Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The annual Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival is a great way to kick off your spring activities! Visit Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy at our booth for hands-on activities for kids of all ages, see what bear scat really looks like, quiz yourself on different wildlife tracks and signs and pick up lots of free handouts with ideas for the whole family to get outside and explore nature. We will also have a special section of the booth set up with all our Monarch Butterfly materials. For more information on the event, visit the festival website at www.idalee.org/parks/events/FlowerGarden.

Birding the Blue Ridge Center Saturday, April 22, 8:00 a.m. April is a wonderful time to be outdoors - especially at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, a beautiful 900-acre preserve in northwestern Loudoun County. The diverse wildlife habitats, including meadows, streams, and heavily forested slopes, makes our monthly birdwalks here a delightful experience! Meet at the Education Center; bring binoculars. BRCES is located just north of Neersville at 11661 Harpers Ferry Road, Rte 671; detailed directions at www.brces.orgQuestions: Contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.