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 2016

VMN Annual Picnic 2016

On August 14th, we held our annual picnic. See the post for more pictures! More »

Fall 2016 Newsletter published

Fall 2016 Newsletter published

Read our Fall 2016 newsletter. More »

 

2016 Annual Meeting – New officers and board

On November 10th, the VMN Banshee Reeks chapter held an annual meeting.  The election results are: President – Barbara Erlandson Vice President – Frank McLaughlin Secretary – Susan Sims Treasurer – Angie Bommersbach Board of Director Members: Dave Cazenas Bill

eBird – a handy tool and a help to science

Red-tailed Hawk in Loudoun

Lists Most people as they start birding on a regular basis decide to start keeping lists.  A life list, a state list, a county list – sometimes it seems that birders are more interested in lists than birds.   Did

Fall 2016 Newsletter released

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This issue contains lots of new articles and announcement of events, particularly this coming Saturday’s Virginia Outdoors Festival held at Banshee Reeks.

What do YOU Know About American Chestnut Tree Restoration?

By Larry Johnson Question– Is an American Chestnut tree growing on BRNP property? Question– Does a wild (native survivor) American Chestnut tree exist in Loudoun County? Answers at end of article. Looking for a botanically-focused venture, this past June 2016,

Adventures of a First Time Beekeeper: Part 2 – Raising Bees and Making a Meadow

Part 2a – Raising Bees By Liz Dennison Bees exist in the wild without assistance from beekeepers. As beekeepers, we provide a healthy environment, food and water when necessary, and protection from pests and predators, so that our bees can

Fall 2016 Native Plant Sale – September 10, 2016

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Held at Morven Park from 9am to 3pm on Saturday. More details available here.

As Fall approaches

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By Anne Owen As Fall approaches, many of us will be thinking about ‘tidying up’ the yard ready for Winter – and for most, that will mean cutting down dead flowers, raking up fallen leaves and piling up bags of

Book Review: Feathers, the Evolution of a Natural Miracle

By Sheila Montalvan Feathers, the Evolution of a Natural Miracle. By Thor Hanson. New York, NY: Basic Books. 2011, 336pp. Recently I heard about an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York called Dinosaurs Among Us that features a

Stewardship: Where Science Meets the Heart

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By Leslie Ashman “I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.” (John Muir, 1896)

Newsletter article and Facebook submission guidelines

By Leslie Ashman / Someone asked me recently about article submission guidelines.  I thought it might be helpful to share how the Communications Committee, VMN Banshee Reeks Chapter views its current three media outlets. First, just want to note how