Entries by Marilyn Kupetz

Become a Citizen Scientist with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Are you ready for a chance to visit some of the most gorgeous wild places in Northern Virginia–places you’d never find on your own? Would you like an opportunity to apply your naturalist skills to ground-breaking scientific research (and get credit for service hours)? Does cost-free training in survey and preparation protocols for specific guilds […]

Register for Behavior-Centered Design for the Environment, April 1-2, 2020

Marilyn Kupetz During a two-day workshop at Rare’s Center for Behavior & Environment this past October, one of the participants, a professor of restorative ecology, described an initiative that he’s launching at Longwood University: getting students, faculty, and staff to reduce the number of single-use plastics that they deposit into the waste stream in Farmville, […]

Book Club: Braiding Sweetgrass

The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Rd., Marshall, VA, 20115 Thursday, January 30, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM For their second book club, Clifton Institute is switching from birds to plants and reading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. You’ll gather around the fire with warm drinks in hand and discuss the book with fellow nature […]

The Secret of Species

The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA, 20187 Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 7:00pm – 8:00pm When we hear about scientific discoveries, conservation breakthroughs, or just what’s been seen in the area recently, the stories are usually about species. “New species discovered!” “Endangered species need our help!” “I saw 20 species last weekend!” We hear […]

Help Virginia Working Landscapes help grassland birds

Photo by Ana Ka’ahanui Virginia Working Landscapes is aware of the concern surrounding recent research highlighting the troubling decline of North America’s birds. Among those, grassland birds have been hit hardest.   Working alongside a dedicated network of landowners, citizen scientists and partners, VWL has been at the forefront of identifying ways that private lands […]