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. 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 »


Spring Newsletter published!


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.

VMN State Conference Details


The 2016 VMN Statewide Conference and Training will be held August 26-28, 2016 at the Skelton 4-H Educational and Conference Center.  It will be hosted by the Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes (BRFAL) chapter.  As part of the Statewide Conference, there will

Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas 2


The VA Breeding Bird Atlas 2 is now underway. This is a great way for birding enthusiasts to earn volunteer hours. Please be sure you understand the commitment level and reporting requirements before you sign up. You can learn more

Ichnology CE on Sat April 2nd at 1pm

Saturday afternoon beginning at 1pm, there will be a CE on Ichnology , the study of Ichs!! It will last 1.5-2 hours and the entire chapter is invited. For those that may not know what Ichnology is, here is the official

Hayden Matthew BRNP Archaeological Presentation

Friends of Banshee Reeks is privileged to have an exceptional informed speaker accompanied by subject matter experts in archaeology with displays of pre-historic and colonial artifacts discovered at Banshee and surrounding areas. A portion of the presentation will be considered

Willowsford Conservancy Bluebird Monitoring Kickoff!


A current VMN trainee :), Iris Gestram would like us to know about this opportunity.  This is in conjunction with the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy who will have two presenters at the program kickoff. Here’s what you need to know if

Winter 2016 Newsletter published

The amazing feet of the American Coot

Our winter newsletter was published – Bug Bytes Newsletter Winter 2016. Check it out!  We are always looking for more articles and article ideas.

Fishers at Banshee Reeks?


Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve is beginning a project on fishers (Martes pennanti) with the assistance of two Master Naturalists (Kathy Neal and Mike Manning), Ashley Greer (an intern from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute), and biologists from the Virginia Department