Monthly Archives: January 2016

Cornell Labs offering its Spring Field Ornithology course online

From a Cornell Lab’s email: “Each spring for 40 years, bird enthusiasts have gathered at the Cornell Lab for Spring Field Ornithology to learn from world-renowned ornithologists. This year, for the first time, anyone, anywhere can take the course online.  Focused on species

Feb 11th, 2016 – Officer/Director Meeting

On the 11th of February, we’ll be holding the monthly Board of Directory and Officer’s meeting.  Come out to see what goes on or to represent a project or committee!   It’ll be held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Banshee

LWC Volunteer Orientation – Jan 31st, 2016

At 1pm in the Carriage Museum in Morven Park, LWC is holding a volunteer orientation.  Hear about all the interesting projects you can participate (and earn VMN volunteer hours) in.  Visit LWC’s website for more details.

Banshee Reeks Visitor Center needs staffing help

The beautiful, revitalized visitor center is going to reopen on the third Saturday and Sunday of the month beginning in March (19th and 20th).  FOBR needs help staffing it with two volunteers for each shift (8 to 12 and 12

American Woodcocks in the Spring

I really enjoy the amazing variety of different bird calls and songs. But of all the birds calls I recognize, the one that brings a smile to my face the quickest is that of the Amercian Woodcock (Scolopax minor). Peent!

Spring Butterflies

As spring starts, I look forward to the first butterflies of the year. In our area, butterflies typically start flying sometime in March. We can typically expect to start seeing Mourning Cloaks (Nymphalis antiopa), Eastern Commas (Polygonia comma), Question Marks(Polygonia interrogationis), Summer Azures

New York Ironweed

In our yard, we have a let it live policy for plants we can’t identify. It isn’t uncommon for the birds to leave a plant behind that we didn’t plant. So we let itgrow until we can figure out if it

American Tree Sparrows

Sparrows are often given a bum rap. Many birders will call them ‘little brown jobs’ because of how hard they can be to identify. But if you dive into the details on sparrows, you’ll find some serious beauty. One of

Hummingbird Moth

One of the most delightful insect visitors to our garden is the hummingbird moth. Several species of the genus Hemaris deserve this name and for very good reason. They fly and move just like hummingbirds and are sometimes small enough

Book Review: Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington

Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C. By Howard Youth. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 2014, 393pp. By Sheila Montalvan This compact guide to Washington, D.C. parks and natural areas identifies many common plants, trees, birds, insects, mammals,