Banshee Reeks Chapter - 2017 graduating class

Banshee Reeks Chapter - 2017 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 2016

VMN Annual Picnic 2016

On August 14th, we held our annual picnic. See the post for more pictures! More »

Spring 2017 Newsletter published

Spring 2017 Newsletter published

Read our Spring 2017 newsletter. More »


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

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!

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

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!

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

UPDATE:  Access is now only via Evergreen Mills Rd. 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

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