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- Henry David Thoreau



 

March 2017
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AAH Ambassador Orientation, 8:30a


Bluebird Monitoring kickoff, 2 pm

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Loudoun Nature Walk, 8am
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Amphibian Action, 6p

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Birding Banshee, 8am

Vernal Pool, Field Trip #1, 10am

Vanishing Vernal Pools, 6:30pm

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Vernal Pool Field Trip 2, 10a.


Meet Your Stream Day, 2p

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Woodfrogs and More, 6p

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Woodcock at Institute Farm, 7p


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Conservation Advocacy Workshop, 1:30p
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Birding BRCES, 8am

Geologic Excursion, 9am

Wine for Wildlife, 7p

 

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Program and Event Descriptions:

Audubon At Home Orientation — Saturday, March 4, 8:30 a.m., Watermark Woods, Hamilton. The Audubon At Home (AAH) program supports people’s interest and efforts to become better stewards of the environment in their yards, neighborhoods, parks and other spaces. You can help by becoming an AAH Ambassador providing that support. Join us March 4 for an Ambassador orientation meeting, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Watermark Woods in Hamilton. Email Ann Garvey at agarvey@loudounwildlife.org for more information.

Bluebird Nestbox Monitoring Program Kickoff Saturday, March 4, 2:00 p.m., Cascades Library. Karla Etten, coordinator of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s bluebird monitoring program, will provide an orientation on nestbox monitoring and the protocol used in Loudoun for collecting and reporting data. She will give an overview of the program, discuss the current trails being monitored, and take us through a slideshow about bluebirds, their nesting habits, habitat needs, and preferred foods. Tips on gardening for bluebirds will be discussed as well as the use of natural cavities and nestboxes. A typical nestbox system with predator guards will be set up for demonstration. Those interested in joining a monitoring team for the 2017 season can sign up during the meeting. Those interested in monitoring a home nestbox or trail and providing data to Loudoun Wildlife can register their trails/boxes during the meeting as well. Registration required: Sign Up Online. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org

Exploring Loudoun Nature Walk — Sunday, March 5, 8:00 a.m. Bles Park. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a free nature walk in a wonderful Loudoun County location. The walks will cover a wide variety of topics including native woodlands, wetlands, birds, seasonal changes, as well as a variety of other topics. If you own binoculars, please bring them. Registration required: FULL. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org. FULL

Birding Banshee ― Saturday, March 11, 8:00 a.m. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks for the monthly bird walk at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve south of Leesburg. You will see why this beautiful preserve is considered a birding hot spot. Bring binoculars if you have them. Questions: Contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.

Exploring Vernal Pools -- Where's the Water?! The lack of snowfall and rain this winter has resulted in most of our vernal pools being dry. Even with the little rain we have had recently, the ground is not yet saturated. This means a bust year for many of our amphibians that rely on vernal habitats.

We do have a few tricks up our sleeves though so even with this thirsty state, there are a few places where we can see vernal pool wildlife and activity.  To do this, we are canceling many of our originally planned field trips and revising our plan. We will refund fees for the cancelled field trips. The new field trip listings are below. If you had already signed up for a walk, we will email you this update as well.

Amphibian Action Night: A Family Adventure! — Friday, March 10, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., Morven Park. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Mike Hayslett of Virginia Vernal Pools for an incredible wildlife discovery of seasonal wetlands and their inhabitants. This nighttime family adventure will visit vernal pools, teach about the forest habitat and seek out salamanders, wood frogs, and possibly eggs. We will listen to and identify frogs by calls and learn about their annual spring migration. This field trip takes place just before sunset and into the early night...the BEST time for spotting our amazing amphibians! Space is limited to 15 children ages 8–13; no infants, strollers, or pets. All youth under age 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Fee $5 per child; no charge for accompanying parent. Registration required: FULL. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org. FULL

Vernal Pool Exploration, Field Trip #1 — Saturday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 pm. For this field trip, we will spend the day together visiting 3-4 different sites across the county. Specific sites will be determined closer to the date but may include Rust Sanctuary, Algonkian Park and Morven Park. Meeting location and carpooling information will be provided upon registration. Limit 20 participants. Fee for this event is $10 per person. Registration required: Sign up here. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.

Vanishing Vernal Pools and the Amphibians That Use Them (indoor class) — Saturday, March 11, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Stone Barn, Morven Park. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Mike Hayslett of Virginia Vernal Pools for this popular workshop on vernal pools and other seasonal wetlands and their inhabitants. Through this classroom session, participants will learn where to find vernal pools in different settings, other wetland habitats that can function as vernal pools, the lifecycles of local amphibians such as spotted salamanders, Jefferson salamanders, and wood frogs, and insights into very special crustaceans called fairy shrimp. This class provides a great foundation for those going out into the field with us during the coming week. Registration required: Sign Up Online. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.

Vernal Pool Exploration, Field Trip #2 — Sunday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 pm. For this field trip, we will spend the day together visiting 3-4 different sites across the county. Specific sites will be determined closer to the date but may include Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, and other locations in western Loudoun. Meeting location and carpooling information will be provided upon registration. Limit 20 participants. Fee for this event is $10 per person. Registration required: Sign up here. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.

Wood Frogs and More at a Middleburg Park — Monday, March 13, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Join us for an early evening walk at a vernal pool at Middleburg Park.  We will look for signs of breeding activity at the pool and as night falls we will use flashlights to see the amphibians using the wetland in addition to listening to calls.  Limit 20 participants. Fee for this event is $10 per person. Registration required. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org. CANCELLED.

Meet Your Stream Day — Sunday, March 12, 2 – 4:00 p.m., Rust Library. Healthy streams and waterways are vital to the sustainment and growth of Loudoun County’s native flora and fauna. The stream running through your neighborhood is vitally important to ensuring that our larger tributaries such as the Potomac River and Goose Creek remain healthy to sustain a diverse wildlife habitat. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for an informative presentation where you will learn to identify healthy streams and how you can positively impact stream quality. You will hear how citizen scientists monitor and assess quality by collecting and counting aquatic insects found in our streams. You will see live samples of aquatic insects collected from a nearby steam. You will see how restoring natural riparian buffers can transform a stream into a healthy, vital waterway. And, if you are really interested in helping Loudoun’s wildlife, you will have the opportunity to sign up for a stream monitoring team in your neighborhood — so you can begin making a difference. Registration required: Sign Up Online. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.

Woodcock Outing at the Institute Farm —Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Witness the incredible courtship display of the woodcock, one of our most fascinating avian residents. On this Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy outing, we will watch and listen for the woodcock’s “peent” at the Institute Farm near Aldie. Limit: 15 participants. Registration required: FULL Questions: Contact Emily Southgate at ewbsouthgate@gmail.com. CANCELLED

Conservation Advocacy Workshop, Saturday, March 18, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Green Springs Garden, Annandale (at the intersection of Braddock Road and Witch Hazel Rd.). Learn how to make your voice heard at this workshop co-sponsored by Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, and other environmental groups. You will learn how to work effectively with government officials. Register at Audubon Society of Northern Virginia website a by March 13. Questions: Contact Stacey.evers@icloud.com.

Birding the Blue Ridge Center — Saturday, March 25, 8:00 a.m. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy on the monthly bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES), in northwestern Loudoun County. The 900-acre property includes diverse wildlife habitats, including meadows, streams and heavily forested slopes. Meet at the Education Center; bring binoculars if you have them. BRCES is located just north of Neersville at 11661 Harpers Ferry Road (Rte 671); detailed directions at www.brces.org. Questions:Contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org

Geologic Excursion! — Saturday, March 25, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Location TBD. Join geologist Randy Orndorff and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy as we take a geologic excursion across western Loudoun County. The geology of Virginia records more than 1 billion years of Earth history including four mountain-building events and subsequent drifting of continents. This trip will look at sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks that help geologists understand geologic history and how it impacts our lives today. The outing will require some short hikes, and participants should pack a lunch and beverage. Limit: 20 participants. Registration required. FULL. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.

Wine for Wildlife — Saturday, March 25, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., Sunset Hills Vineyard, 38295 Fremont Overlook Ln, Purcellville. Join us at a fundraiser for Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy in the beautiful 1870's Amish barn at Sunset Hills Vineyard. The evening will feature raffle drawings, a silent auction, wildlife ambassadors - including owls, a Wood turtle and a bat. Come and have some fun and support Loudoun Wildlife. The $35 admission includes two drinks and appetizers, plus an evening of music by local artist Pete Lapp. SOLD OUT. No tickets will be available at the door.