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 »

Summer 2016 Newsletter published

Summer 2016 Newsletter published

Read our Summer 2016 newsletter. More »


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


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

As Fall approaches


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

Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) photo by Allison G

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

Adventures of a First Time Beekeeper: Part 1 – Getting Started

By Liz Dennison When my husband and I moved to Philomont, we knew we wanted to do something useful with our property. We considered raising goats that could be leased to clear brush but the cost and effort of fencing,

2016 VMN Banshee Reeks picnic!

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On August 14, 2016, VMN Banshee Reeks chapter held its annual picnic.  This picnic was special because it was the 10th anniversary of the program. Frank cut the birthday cake with chapter president Brian looking on. We also held a

Red-footed Cannibalfly

Red-footed Cannibalfly

I’ve been taking a lot of pictures of dragonflies recently;  Not only are they beautiful, but it really helps to have a picture when trying to ID them.   Recently, I was a Horsepen Run, when I came across what I

Summer Newsletter published!

Baltimore Oriole (confirmed breeding at Morven Park)

Your VMN Banshee Reeks Newsletter has just been published.  Interesting articles on Ovenbirds and your mind on nature are inside!