Archive for October, 2014

This weekend, as part of the great Fall Farm Tour here in Loudoun, Watermark Woods Native Nursery is offering Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy members a special 20% discount!

Here are the details:

20% Discount for Loudoun Wildlife Members: Watermark Woods Native Nursery is offering Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy members a 20% discount off ALL plants on October 18-19, 10:00 – 4:00 each day.

This is the perfect time to plant your perennials and other native plants!They will focus on root growth through the winter and come up strong in the spring!

To receive the 20% discount you must show your Loudoun Wildlife Member Card and bring this coupon. If you are not yet a member or need to renew, you can join/renew online !

Watermark Woods is located at 16764 Hamilton Station Rd, Hamilton, VA


Join Loudoun PALs and the Loudoun Chapter of for viewing two episodes of the powerful documentary, Standing on Sacred Ground.

With ancient wisdom and modern courage, threatened indigenous cultures around the world protect their sacred lands for future generations.

Indigenous people world-wide defend human rights and restore the environment in their sacred places. Their resistance provides the path to our common future.

Friday, October 17, 7-9 pm
Photoworks, 2A Loudoun St., S.W., Leesburg, VA 20175

For more information on 350 Loudoun, please email


The Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society invites you to their October lecture:

Pesticides and Pollinators
A Presentation by Nathalie Steinhauer
Thursday, October 9, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA, 703 642-5173
VNPS programs are free and open to the public.
No reservations are necessary for lectures.

Nathalie will talk about the effects of pesticides on pollinators, with a focus on neonicotinoids. She will cover effects of pesticide residues, pesticides found in foraged pollen, in bee hives, toxicity and sub-lethal effects on bees and other insects, and most ominously, the knowledge gaps in the industry.

Nathalie Steinhauer is a current PhD student of the vanEngelsdorp Lab at University of Maryland, department of Entomology. She graduated with a Master in Biological Sciences from Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and with a Master Research in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation from Imperial College London, UK. Her PhD project’s objectives are to apply epidemiological approaches to honeybee health and identify best management practices associated with reduced colony mortality.


Loudoun Canoe Trip

Saturday, October 11, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Algonkian Park Boat Launch
Potomac Heritage Trail, Sterling, VA
Cost: $30

Details and registration are here:

Join PEC and River and Trail Outfitters as they push off for a fun and informative trip on the beautiful Potomac River. Explore the flora and fauna and discover more about this major drinking water source for eastern Loudoun.

Whether you’ve canoed before or not, this is a great way to learn or just get more experience on the water — River and Trail Outfitters will be providing safety and paddling instructions. In addition, PEC staff will be giving an interpretive program about the watershed along the way.