Get your latest newsletter here: http://www.vmnbansheereeks.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Bug_Bytes_Newsletter_Spring_2018_v3.pdf
The winter newsletter has been released and can be found here:
It contains a couple book reviews, articles on Skunk Cabbage and Sandhill Cranes and a great article on the Kestrel and Barn Owl Nestbox Construction project (also included in our annual report).
Check out the fall edition to find out more about the Christmas Bird Counts, the Banshee Reeks outdoor classroom, upcoming volunteer and CE opportunities and general chapter happenings.
Applications are being accepted for the 2017 training program. Classes are led by experts and meet two Saturdays a month from September 2017 through April 2018. Each class will cover one or two topics such as local plants, mammals, birds, trees, fish, mammals, soils, weather and more, and typically include field exercises to further explore the subject discussed in the classroom.
The classes are held at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, at 21085 The Woods Road in Leesburg. The is open to those older 18 years old. See the course schedule. For more information, call 703-669-0889.
You can find the latest newsletter here.
Also, don’t forget these important upcoming dates:
We’ve extended the deadline for photo submission to the 2017 Statewide VMN Photo Contest, to this Friday, July 21! We’re looking for interesting and creative pictures to represent the Banshee Reeks Chapter in the upcoming contest at the VMN Statewide Conference.
Chapters may submit one photo each to three separate categories:
- Virginia flora, fauna and other species
- Virginia landscapes and habitats
- Virginia Master Naturalists in Action
If you think you have what it takes to represent the Banshee Reeks Chapter, please submit your digital photos to email@example.com and include the following:
- Date of photo
- Species in the photo, if applicable
- Location of photo taken
The VMN Board will choose one photo for each category, and those photos will go on to represent Banshee Reeks Chapter in the contest.
Due Date Extended to Friday, July 21! Submit your photos Today!
Everyone is invited to the Bee Outdoors Festival at Banshee Reeks!
Click here for a Google Map to get directions.
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Native Plant Trail Dedication Ceremony at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 11 am
Join community members and volunteers to celebrate the dedication of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Living Legacy Project native tree planting at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Leesburg, VA. The Living Legacy Project commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Dedication will feature comments from local dignitaries, patriotic music, and time to tour the Living Legacy planting.
Ninety-five trees were planted at Banshee Reeks, through a partnership with Loudoun County and the Virginia Master Naturalist Program. All trees are native species and include white oak, sassafras, black gum, and Virginia’s state tree – flowering dogwood.
Through this program, one tree will be planted for each of the 620,000 soldiers who died during one of the most defining moments in American history. Upon completion, the Project will create the first 180-mile landscaped allée in the world, and the only one dedicated to memorializing the American Civil War.
For more information about the preserve, visit http://www.bansheereeksnp.org/.
We’ve just released our Winter 2017 Newsletter.
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 Cour
- Liz Dennison
- Allison Gallo
- Thaissa Klimavicz
- Thomas Letonja
- Kevin Rose, Chapter Advisor
- Brian Meyerreicks, Past President & Chapter Agent