Entries by Janet Quinn

Inside Out Gardens

Article by Plant NOVA Natives Before we turn our thoughts to spring, let us take this opportunity to plan for next year’s long stretch of cold and gray. Does your landscape give you pleasure in the winter, as you sit inside looking out? Or is it only designed for curb appeal, with the plants crammed […]

Fireflies: Hosting Nature’s Light Show into Your Garden, program Feb.3rd

American Legion 400 N. Oak Street, Falls Church VA Monday, 3 February 2020 7:30 pm Free Lightning bugs (aka fireflies) are part of the magic of growing up in the eastern United States, yet most people know very little about them. Nature education specialists Kris and Erik Mollenhauer have studied fireflies, seen “blue ghosts” and […]

What we can be Optimistic about in 2020

Article by Matt Bright, Conservation Manager for Earth Sangha, mbright@earthsangha.com As the Earth Sangha’s resident optimist, it can sometimes be difficult to keep my usual cheery disposition. A new study came out in France (Wintermantel et al. 2019) showing that even after an EU-wide moratorium in 2013 and an outright ban in 2018, agricultural fields […]

Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Your Own, Story Map a Winner!

Article by Fiona Davies, Volunteer Manager, Hidden Oaks Nature Center Hidden Oaks Nature Center was recently awarded 3rd place in a county-wide Geographic Information Systems (GIS) competition. GIS refers to electronic maps with information attached to them. The award recognized the story map that site staff and county employees created for the 50th anniversary of […]

Watch the Green Grow!

Share the good work you do on your property to benefit our natural areas. Use the Watch the Green Grow mapping application to record environmentally friendly practices in your yard. Upload pictures to show your progress. Each positive report triggers a green spot on a county map. The green areas grow with each beneficial action. […]

POSTPONED! River Cleanup for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 18th

Jones Point Park100 Jones Pt, Alexandria VASaturday, 18 January 2020 10:00am-1:00pm Join Outdoor Afro and Potomac Conservancy to honor Dr. King’s legacy of service by cleaning up our hometown river. January is the BEST time to prevent litter from entering our water ways for many reasons, but here are a few favorites: -It’s an opportunity […]

102nd NVSWCD Green Breakfast, Jan. 11th

Brion’s Grille 10621 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032 Saturday, 11 January 2020 Breakfast begins at 8:30 am, $10 at the door, cash preferred No prior registration required Getting Winter Ready – An Update on the Northern Virginia Salt Management Strategy Sarah Sivers, Water Quality Planning Team Lead with the Virginia DEQ-Northern Regional Office It’s been […]