Banshee Reeks Chapter - 2016 graduating class

Banshee Reeks Chapter - 2016 graduating class

Virginia Master Naturalists are volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage natural resources and public lands. The Banshee Reeks chapter serves Loudoun county. See the official press release at the Loudoun County website. More »

VMN Annual Picnic 2015

VMN Annual Picnic 2015

On August 23rd, we held our annual picnic. See the post for more pictures! More »

Spring 2016 Newsletter published

Spring 2016 Newsletter published

Read our Spring 2016 newsletter. More »

 

Read this! Access to Banshee Reeks

Beginning on Wednesday, July 27, there will be NO access to Banshee Reeks via Evergreen Mills Rd. ALL access will be via Gleedsville Road.

Get your free trees! – Stream buffer planting

Conservation Buffer sign

One of the places that we visit frequently is a private 370 acre park, called Horsepen Run.  It’s part of the Countryside HOA, so to visit you need to be part of the HOA or a guest of a member of

Bluebird box monitoring

Eastern Bluebird

For the last several years, we have been monitoring a bluebird trail in Loudoun.  It is a great volunteer opportunity.  It gets you outdoors on a regular basis;  you get to watch the whole lifecycle of birds;  you get to

2nd Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas

Baltimore Oriole (confirmed breeding at Morven Park)

Today, we attended a workshop at Riverbend park sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia that trained us on survey techniques for the Breeding Bird Atlas project.  The breeding bird survey is a 5 year “survey of all bird species breeding

Upcoming VMN Training Class Schedule published

Green Heron

The Banshee Reeks chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program just published its upcoming class schedule.  The What You’ll Learn section of the Virginia Master Naturalist website provides a good high level overview of what the classes cover. The Banshee

Sunflowers Galore!

McKee Besher sunflower

One of our favorite places to visit in the middle of the  summer is actually in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Just across the river, near Poolesville, is McKee Beshers WMA.  They have a wonderful set of fields of Sunflowers that they plant every

Spring Newsletter published!

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The spring copy of the newsletter was just published: Spring 2016 Newsletter Inside find a memories of Casey Crichton a beloved member who recently passed away. Also it contains a member profile of Zoe, a profile on Julie – the new

Virginia Working Landscapes is looking for volunteers

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They are working on recruiting citizen scientists for the upcoming field season: POLLINATOR SURVEYS Training includes information on pollinator life history, survey collection protocols in the field, identification of the most common bumble bees and butterflies, and specimen preparation for taxonomic

Tufts PhD candidate looking for wasps!

Julie Pilowsky is looking for sites for her wasp survey.   She is studying the Northern Paper Wasp and geographic variation in their cooperative breeding.   For more information or to suggest a site, see her website.

Dragonfly resources

Widow Skimmer

          Dragonfly Key – http://imnh.isu.edu/digitalatlas/bio/insects/drgnfly/idkey/1.htm Dragonfly ID – http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Dragonflies Pond Watch – http://www.xerces.org/dragonfly-migration/pondwatch/ Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has a Loudoun county list of dragonflies – http://www.loudounwildlife.org/PDF_Files/Dragonflies_of_Loudoun_2_07.pdf They also have a page that lists books and talks about the creation of that