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 »

Summer 2016 Newsletter published

Summer 2016 Newsletter published

Read our Summer 2016 newsletter. More »


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,

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!

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