Entries by Mary Ann Bush

“The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion: Surprising Observations of a Hidden World” By: Peter Wohlleben

(Greystone Books Ltd, 2016, 248 pages) A book review by Mike Garth, Fairfax Master Naturalist As an avid nature photographer, I have spent countless hours observing wildlife, waiting for the peak moment to capture a photograph. Through it all I’ve learned habits and behaviors and developed a deeper sense of appreciation for the moment-by-moment nature […]

What Makes a Species? Streamertail Hummingbirds with Dr. Caroline Judy, June 22nd

Photo: by Dr. Caroline Judy Thursday, June 22, 2023 7:00 – 8:00 PM Virtual Fee: $25 (For members $15) Click here for Registration details. Dr. Caroline Judy will present a program on June 22 on her work studying an unusual case of island speciation seen in Jamaican streamertail hummingbirds (Trochilus spp). Streamertail hummingbirds are closely-related […]

Thanks, Thanks, Thanks – One More Successful Tabling Event

Photo taken by FMN Member, Donna Stauffer The Friends of Mason Neck State Park held their 25th Annual Eagle Festival on Saturday, May 13.  The Fairfax Master Naturalists participated by hosting a table.  Once again, a group of committed FMN volunteers came together to share their enthusiasm, experience, and knowledge as nature stewards.  Attendees were […]

Accessible Trails in Mason Neck State Park

Photo: Courtesy of Friends of Mason Neck Park Information on the accessibility of some of the trails in the park is now available. Birdability is a non-profit organization that works to ensure the birding community and the outdoors are welcoming, inclusive, safe and accessible for everybody. Birdability has partnered with the National Audubon Society to create a crowd-sourced map that […]

Stream Monitoring, Citizen Science & Training Opportunities, May and June

Photo by FMN J. Quinn, Hidden Pond stream monitoring Below is a list of the stream monitoring workshops and training opportunities located throughout the county: Horsepen Run Stream Monitoring Workshop When: Wednesday, May 17, 4:00-6:30pm Where: Horsepen Run Stream Valley Park, Herndon This site has faced challenges in recent years including erosion and invasive bamboo. Join […]

Third Annual Dragonfly Count, June 25th

Image: Courtesy of The Clifton Institute Sunday, June 25, 2023 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Cost: Free Registration is REQUIRED. The Clifton Institue 6712 Blantyre Road Warrenton, Virginia 20187 Join volunteers at the Clifton Institute for the third annual Dragonfly Count! The goals are to learn which species of dragonflies and damselflies are found in […]

Bobolink Walk, June 15th

Photo by Kathlin Simpkins Thursday, June 15, 2023 7:30 – 9:00 am Cost: Free Registration is REQUIRED. The Clifton Institue 6712 Blantyre Road Warrenton, Virginia 20187 Join this visit to an active Bobolink nesting colony in partnership with the friends at Virginia Working Landscapes! Bobolinks are unique and beautiful birds that select hay fields for […]

Firefly Walk, June 9th

Image: Courtesy of The Clifton Institute Friday, June 9, 2023 8:00 – 9:30 pm Cost: $10 ($5 for Friends of the Clifton Institute) Registration is REQUIRED. The Clifton Institue 6712 Blantyre Road Warrenton, Virginia 20187 Who doesn’t love fireflies? Many of us have fond memories of catching fireflies or watching a magical light show on a summer […]