Janet Bornemen of Watermark Woods Nursery says “We are so fortunate to have Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy to assist all Loudoun residents to live in harmony with nature. The Loudoun Wildlife native plant sale is the only one of it’s kind in Loudoun as is the variety and quality of native plants you will find there. At Watermark Woods our philosophy is that a watermark on paper is a faint impression, which is how we hope our footprint appears on this earth. Thank you Loudoun Wildlife for making natives accessible to the people of Loudoun.”
Tue 14 Apr 2015
Tue 14 Apr 2015
Join Janet at our Native Plant Sale on April 18, 2015 from 9am to 3pm at Morven Park in front of the Carriage Museum
Janet Davis of Hill House Nursery says “Our goal is to help you create harmonious gardens and diversity-rich landscapes, and to preserve and restore our natural ecosystems by doing so.”
Tue 14 Apr 2015
Randee Wilson of Nature-by-Design says “I have been mistakenly called a plant geek. Certainly I love the physical beauty of the native plants I sell, but by far to me the real beauty is in the native butterflies, birds and other wildlife that they attract and support. If plants don’t attract and support wildlife, then all they are is another piece of furniture, with no meaning and no true beauty”
Mon 13 Apr 2015
A little “TLC”- a win-win solution for your garden - Not only are you supporting your plants and soils by using a natural organic fertilizer, but you are also lowering your environmental impact by removing products from the waste stream.
Tony Garvey will be at the Loudoun Wildlife Spring Native Plant Sale talking about the safety and benefits of Tuscarora Landscaper’s Choice (TLC) and “giving away” 25 lb. bags of TLC.
Support healthier Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds, and feed your native plants the natural way.
Native Plant Sale on April 18th at Morven Park in Leesburg - 9am to 3pm – in front of the Carriage Museum
Sat 11 Apr 2015
Ten people showed up on a beautiful spring day at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve for the regular monthly bird walk led by Del Sargent, Mary Ann Good, & Joe Coleman.
The highlights of the walk were 2 Fox Sparrows, at least 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, two of which were singing away, a pair of Common Ravens which flew right overhead giving us great looks of their wedge tails and impressive flight, and 5 female Common Mergansers and two Wood Ducks on the Goose Creek.
And while we managed to find only two warbler species, we managed to see at least 6 dif. Palm Warblers, few of whom looked the same.
Including the Fox Sparrows we had a total of 8 sparrow species, including at least a dozen Eastern Towhees, numerous Field Sparrows singing, and three beautiful Swamp Sparrows.
While it was a bit windy we were able to do most of the walk in sheltered areas and actually got warm a few times. There were a lot of hawks on the move though some of them were too far away & high for us to identify.
We also saw numerous Spring Azure butterflies, heard a lot of Spring Peepers, one Pickerel Frog, and one Grey Tree Frog.
For a complete list of the birds observed at Banshee Reeks see the eBird report below.
The regular monthly free bird walk (every 2nd Sat) at the Banshee Reeks Nature preserve is sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (www.loudounwildlife.org) & the Friends of Banshee Reeks (www.bansheereeks.org ); information on both and their upcoming events can be found on their websites.
Good birding (regardless of the weather)!
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve – MFF08, Loudoun, US-VA Apr 11, 2015 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM
46 species (+1 other taxa)
Canada Goose 2, Wood Duck 2, Common Merganser 5 We saw five female Common Mergansers together on the Goose Creek where Little River runs into it. Before they flew saw the strong color differentiation between the reddish brown throat & the grayish white breast as well as the white right below the chin. Beak was longer & redder than on a Red-breasted Merganser., Black Vulture X, Turkey Vulture X, Osprey 2, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Bald Eagle 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 3, Buteo sp. 3, Mourning Dove 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 7, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2, Downy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay X, American Crow X, Fish Crow X, Common Raven 2, Tree Swallow 6, Carolina Chickadee 5, Tufted Titmouse 4, Carolina Wren 2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6, Eastern Bluebird X, American Robin 3, Brown Thrasher 2, Northern Mockingbird 3, European Starling 5, Louisiana Waterthrush 1, Palm Warbler 6, Eastern Towhee 12, Chipping Sparrow 2, Field Sparrow 8, Fox Sparrow 2 The group got excellent looks at two dif. Fox Sparrows, one at the pond near the Manor House & the other along the trail that goes down to the Goose Creek. Both were large chunky sparrows with rufous coloring & well-defined rufous spots, and with much shorter tails than Brown Thrashers (which are a similar color)., Song Sparrow 6, Swamp Sparrow 3, White-throated Sparrow 12, Dark-eyed Junco 2, Northern Cardinal 6, Red-winged Blackbird 1, Brown-headed Cowbird 2, House Finch 1, American Goldfinch X
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22803267
Sat 11 Apr 2015
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). Full plant lists can be found on the vendor web sites – be sure to make a pre-order as not all plants are brought to the sale.
As always, there will be several interesting exhibitors at the Sale including Ramsey Hamilton with some great garden sculptures, and bluebird houses or complete set-ups (poles, guards and houses) will be available. We will also be giving away 25 lb. bags of TLC (Tuscarora Landscaping Choice – an organic soil amendment and fertilizer).
** Note the new venue – in front of the Carriage Museum – parking behind Administration building and up on Turkey Hill
Sat 11 Apr 2015
You can mark your calendar for special events or plan a run over to one of the great nurseries offering native plants:
Click here for the list of “Where to Buy Native Plants in Northern Virginia”
Shown here: Viburnum — a wonderful woody understory plant that provides, nectar with its beautiful blooms and berries to birds.
Sat 11 Apr 2015
Karen Coleman, Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE)
Saturday, May 2
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Blandy Experimental Farm
Virginia State Arboretum
Members of BAEE are passionate about protecting native plants and showcasing them in beautiful, original art. Karen Coleman, local botanical artist, will give an illustrated presentation on the history of botanical art, highlight the beauty and importance of our native plants, and share some of her techniques. Art from the 2014 book, Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic, will be featured. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and artwork from the book will be displayed.
BAEE is a nonprofit devoted to illustration, education and the preservation of native plants.
FOSA members $15, non members $18
Blandy is requiring preregistration: PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE – http://blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments
Thu 2 Apr 2015
We just received information on this exciting opportunity and wanted to help spread the word. Details from Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) are below:
SCBI Ecology Aide: Fieldwork to Support BiodiversiTree @ SCBI
SCBI’s Conservation Ecology Center focuses on how ecosystems function to support wildlife and maintain biodiversity. It is our obligation to be good land stewards by managing forests and grasslands to encourage conservation of our natural resources.
A minimum of ten volunteers are needed to help maintain a site as part of a major long term biodiversity study.
BiodiversiTree @ SCBI: BiodiversiTree is a long term forest ecology study looking at native tree species interactions and the services they provide. Biodiversitree is designed to see what forest combination is best suited for providing these services. There are a total of 16 native species that occupy sixty four 35m2 plots.
We have two short-term programs that need volunteer help. The first project will begin in April, and once we have completed that work we will move on to the second and then to other projects. We would appreciate your help for both of the projects listed, but please let us know if you are only able to help with a part of the work.
- Plant more trees to increase our data collection. Volunteers will be helping to plant approximately 2000 bare root tree seedlings.
- Maintain our BiodiversiTree plots by installing weed mats. Volunteers will help place weed mats around the 10,000 trees inside the BiodiversiTree plots.
Please note: this is a short-term volunteer opportunity at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. The work dates will be on Tuesdays in April. If the weather is inclement, the work days will be rescheduled to Thursdays. (Volunteers will be notified, via email, 24 hours prior to the work date, if the workday will be postponed due to weather.)
Age requirement: You must be at least 18 years old to apply.
Special qualifications: Volunteers should be physically fit, able to walk, bend, squat and move comfortably over uneven ground. Volunteers will spend three to four hours in the field each day. Volunteers must provide appropriate layered clothing, including long pants, boots and gloves. Hats, sunscreen, bug spray, and water bottles are recommended. Additional planting bars and spades are encouraged but not required.
Time commitment: 8:30 am until 12:30 pm each Tuesday (work days will be rescheduled for the following Thursday in the event of inclement weather).
- 8:15 am: check-in and registration and promptly leave for field work (no late arrivals).
- 12:30 pm: return to campus.
Training: On the job training. Work will be conducted along with and under the supervision of SCBI ecology staff.
Application Deadline: Thursday, April 9th, or until all available positions are filled. Apply through the on-line registration form or forward your name and contact info, including phone number and email address, to SCBIeducation@si.edu. You will receive a confirmation email with more details.
Tue 31 Mar 2015
League of Women Voters® of Loudoun County
“Birds, Bees and Butterflies”
State of Loudoun County’s Environment
Theme of Upcoming LWV-LC Annual Meeting
NEWS RELEASE Contact: Kathleen Hughes, 703-314-3590
LEESBURG, VA — Nicole Hamilton, executive director of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will be the keynote speaker at the League of Women Voters of Loudoun County (LWV-LC) annual meeting and luncheon at 11:30 on April 25 at the Palio Ristorante Italiano in Leesburg. The luncheon costs $35 for LWV-LC members and $40 for nonmembers. Reservations must be made by April 20.
Ms. Hamilton will address one of LWV-LC’s major policy issues––the quality of Loudoun County’s environment––as she discusses, “Birds, Bees and Butterflies.” The mission of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is to promote the preservation and proliferation of healthy wildlife habitats throughout Loudoun County. The Conservancy offers field trips, conducts habitat restoration projects like “Bringing Back the Monarch,” presents citizen science programs, and advocates on behalf of wildlife so Loudoun’s representatives know that we care about the wildlife and habitat of the county.
Nicole Hamilton was president of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy from 2004-2008 and again from 2012 to the fall of 2014. As president, Ms. Hamilton established Loudoun Wildlife’s Bluebird Nestbox Monitoring program through a partnership with the Virginia Bluebird Society; developed the Loudoun Amphibian Monitoring Program; created the “Field Guide to the Butterflies of Loudoun;” and most recently launched Loudoun Wildlife’s Monarch butterfly campaign: “Bringing Back the Monarch, Keeping the Magic Alive.” In 2014, she was asked to serve as the first executive director of the organization. Ms. Hamilton holds a master’s degree in business administration and worked for nineteen years with Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior associate.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy, never supporting or opposing any political party or candidate. Formed in 1946, the LWV-LC was the first rural League of Women Voters in Virginia and was recently recognized by the national organization for increasing its membership more than 34 percent in 2013 and for its educational programs on voting rights and its voter registration of high school seniors in Loudoun County.
Reservations for lunch and checks should be sent to: League of Women Voters of Loudoun County, P.O. Box 822, Leesburg, VA 20176 by April 20. Please include contact information.