Entries by Marilyn Kupetz

Service Opportunities at Riverbend Park and Scott’s Run Nature Preserve

Riverbend Park invites the naturalist community to volunteer at the park and at the nature preserve as staff continue to adapt during the pandemic, while keeping our community safe. Summer volunteers have played an important role in keeping the parks clean, restoring native habitats, and supporting the staff during a time of increased visitor turnout. […]

Learn Something New with ANS Naturalist Hour

Mason Neck photo by Jerry Nissley One of Capital Nature’s favorite providers of virtual nature programming in the region is the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS). Through its Naturalist Hour series, ANS hosts two to three expert naturalists each week to explore fascinating topics such as urban foraging, birds, caterpillars, climate change, botanical folklore, fungi, crickets, nature journaling […]

Fairfax County Community-Wide Energy and Climate Action Plan Seeks YOUR Input

Fairfax County is developing its first-ever Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) and your input is needed! Only three percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the county come from local government and school operations, the rest are from cars and trucks on our roads, energy use in our buildings, waste management processes, and other community sources. […]

What Can You Do About Climate Change? Make It Personal (With Rare)

According to Rare’s Center for Behavior and the Environment: “Two-thirds of Americans think that citizens should do more to address global warming. And yet, most of us don’t really know what to do. We recycle, carry our grocery bags. But turns out that’s not enough.’ Rare recently conducted research to identify the individual behaviors people […]

VMN Continuing Education Webinar, August 26: Fireflies

Who doesn’t love fireflies? Many of us have fond memories of catching fireflies when we were kids, or watching a magical light show on a summer evening. This webinar will discuss firefly natural history, behavior, identification, and conservation. We will outline useful physical and behavioral characteristics for identifying common groups of fireflies in Virginia.Other questions […]

Join Team Cricket for an Evening Sound Census, August 21

Friday, August 21  Listen to the sounds of summer! Help researchers by collecting data in your own backyard! If you live in the DC or Baltimore area, head outside this Friday 8/21 after 8:15pm and listen for crickets. Visit https://www.discoverlife.org/cricket/DC/ for tips on identifying 6 common species and the data form to report your findings. […]

Making Scents of Your Yard

Photo: Ana Ka’Ahanui Margaret Fisher Fragrant flowers can add a whole extra dimension to gardening, and the flowers of native plants are no exception. The scents are there for the sake of the pollinators, but we can enjoy them as well. If you try putting your nose up to every flower you meet, you will […]

Order Your Earth Science Week 2020 Toolkit Today

Place your order for an Earth Science Week 2020 Toolkit now. The toolkit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 11-17, 2020), which celebrates the theme “Earth Materials in Our Lives.” This year’s toolkit includes: 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging New Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity […]

Fairfax County Calling for Friends of Trees Nominations

Individuals or organizations may be nominated for various tree related projects or programs. The individuals or organizations must have demonstrated outstanding conservation-based actions in preserving, protecting or planting trees. The following types of projects or programs may be nominated: Preservation: projects or programs for land or easement donations, or appropriate tree care Education: projects or […]