Entries by Marilyn Kupetz

Review of The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions, by Peter Brannen

Reviewed by Tami Sheiffer Studying mass extinction events from tens or hundreds of millions of years ago shows us that life on Earth is both precarious and resilient. In The Ends of the World, science writer Peter Brannen vividly describes the five past mass extinction events: End-Ordovician, Late Devonian, End-Permian, End-Triassic, and End-Cretaceous, and the […]

Turning the tide on plastic waste

The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge, a key component of National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures’ partnership to reduce plastic waste, asks problem solvers from around the globe to develop novel solutions to tackle the world’s plastic waste crisis. More than 9 million tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans each year, and without […]

Frying Pan Farm Park Pollinator Garden: Community Partnerships in Action

Kim Scudera In 2011, Frying Pan Park did not have a pollinator garden. By October 2012, they did, and Fairfax Master Naturalist volunteers are the reason. Here’s the story. Frying Pan has a long history, and hosts thousands of visitors each year, many of whom are the future stewards of our environment: young children. My own […]

Apply for Summer internship to support Heritage Habitat by March 15

It’s an age-old dilemma. College graduates get their diplomas and apply for their first jobs only to find that most jobs require experience. But how do you get experience if no one will hire you? Virginia Cooperative Extension internships give you the opportunity to explore careers in nutrition, agriculture, environmental science, natural resources, family and […]

What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World, by Jon Young

  Reviewed by Ann DiFiore Jon Young is an expert on bird language. Growing up near New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, Jon became fascinated with the wildlife outside his door. Under a local naturalist’s tutelage, he learned to recognize birds, their various calls, and the role they played in their habitat. He has since studied with […]

Participate in CaterpillarsCount! this spring

Learn about the Fairfax Master Naturalist citizen science project, CaterpillarsCount! (Service code C254 if you’re an FMNer), including the results from last year and plans to continue the project this year.  FMN efforts are part of a larger study to determine whether seasonal activity of plants, insects, and birds are all responding synchronously to climate change.  […]

Sign up for Belvedere Elementary School’s Eco-Day

Stacey Evers, VMN and Environmental Educator, is looking for master naturalists to present environmental programs to students at Belvedere Elementary School on Thursday, June 6, 2019, as part of their annual Eco-Day. Belvedere is at Columbia Pike and Sleepy Hollow Road in the Bailey’s Crossroads/east Annandale part of Fairfax County and is very close to […]

Hear Mike Bishop on bluebirds, Feb 26

Learn about local efforts to bring back the Eastern Bluebird from Master Naturalist and Virginia Bluebird Society’s 2017 Bluebird of the Year Mike Bishop. He’ll discuss history and recent grassroots efforts to revive populations in Virginia. Sully Government Center 4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly, VA February 26, 7.30-8.30 pm Admission is free and families are welcome […]

Native Plant Sale: Riverbend

Friends of Riverbend Park will hold their 2019 native plant sale on May 4th at the Riverbend Park Outdoor Classroom / Picnic Shelter on Potomac Hills Street in Great Falls.  Prices are based on plant type and size; quart sized containers start at $8.00, and gallon containers are $12 to $14.  Pre-ordering started on January […]