Entries by Janet Quinn

Learn Through Nature Journaling, January and February Classes

Photo: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI Saturday, January 14, 2023 Saturdays, February 4, 11 & 18, 2023 Hidden Oaks Nature Center 7701 Royce Street, Annandale To sign up: Call 703-222-4664 weekdays 9am- 4pm or log into Parktakes by using www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes.  The codes can be helpful in locating the classes. Improve your naturalist observation skills and […]

The Volcano Near Fairfax County

A photograph of Mole Hill as seen along Route 33. Article and photo by FMN Stephen Tzikas When I travel to the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA) annual conference every summer at the Greenbank Observatory in West Virginia, I drive along Route 33 just past Harrisonburg, VA, the home of James Madison University (JMU). […]

Earth Sangha Seeks Conservation Interns

Earth Sangha is looking for two 2023 Full Season Native Plant Conservation Interns to assist at the Wild Plant Nursery and on restoration sites. Interns will assist in the day-to-day operations of the region’s only exclusively local ecotype native plant nursery and engage in restoration activities on field sites including invasives removal and native plantings. […]

Take the Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Access Survey

The Fairfax County Park Authority is in the midst of developing the Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Access (PROSA) Strategy. PROSA’s scope encompasses the entire park system. It will examine and identify 10-minute walk access gaps to FCPA parks, evaluate complete park experiences, analyze habitat connectivity between environmental corridors, and analyze and prioritize recreation needs […]

Volunteers Sought for Frying Pan Farm Park

Photo: Fairfax County Park Authority Frying Pan Farm Park 2739 West Ox Rd, Herndon Frying Pan Farm Park is installing a beetle bank / pollinator strip between a pasture fence and the vegetable garden.  The Beetle Bank will provide overwintering habitat for beneficial insects, as well as pathway for visitors to enjoy.  The park would […]

Christmas Bird Count, December 14th – January 5th

Photo: Winter Wren, Therese Scheller/Audubon Photography Awards The 123rd Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place between this December 14 and January 5, 2023. General information about the CBC is available on the Audubon website. Audubon Society of Northern Virginia sponsors the Manassas-Bull Run CBC, which will be held for the 41st year on […]

Songbird Research: Prothonotary Warblers with Shirley Devan, Webinar December 15th

Photo: Prothonotary Warbler, Heather Orkis/Audubon Photography Awards Thursday, December 15, 2022 7-8 pm Webinar ASNV Members $15/Nonmembers $25 Register here. Cure your winter blues with a pop of yellow! Learn all about the Prothonotary Warbler, the only Eastern warbler species that nests in cavities. Populations of this striking bird, affectionately described by some as a […]

Keep Our Wooded Areas Beautiful

Article and photo by Plant NOVA Natives/Plant NOVA Trees If your community owns some wooded common land, or if you yourself own a wooded property, you may have noticed that the woods around here have been slowly changing, and not for the better. They may still look green, but the devil is in the details: […]