Entries by Mary Ann Bush

Box Turtle Community Science Survey, May 18th, weather dependent

Photo: Clifton Institute Wednesday, May 18,2022 9:00am – 3:00pm Where: The Clifton Institute – Google Maps 6712 Blantyre Road Warrenton, Virginia 20187 Free Register here. The Clifton Institute is starting a research project to study box turtles. They want to know what habitats they use, what time of year they’re most active, how big their […]

Plastic Pollution

Photo:  Mike Walker Thursday, May 19, 2022 7pm Where: ONLINE and In-person at the Mount Vernon Government Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria 22306 Register here. Sarah Kollar, Outreach Manager of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, will examine the plastic pollution crisis, the impacts on communities, wildlife and other natural resources and solutions to plastic proliferation […]

New EPA Tool Provides the Public with Customized Updates on Local Enforcement and Compliance Activities

Environmental Protection Agency News Releases: Headquarters March 22, 2022 Contact Information EPA Press Office (press@epa.gov) WASHINGTON (March 22, 2022) – Today, EPA announced the release of a new web tool, called “ECHO Notify,” that empowers members of the public to stay informed about important environmental enforcement and compliance activities in their communities.  Through ECHO Notify, […]

Symphony of Frogs – Families, April 2nd

Photo courtesy of Fairfax County Park Authority Saturday, April 2, 2022 Huntley Meadows Park 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria, VA Registration: Register Online Cost $9.00 Come discover Huntley’s amphibian orchestra. Join a naturalist for a discussion and a guided walk to listen for serenading frogs and toads. Learn the calls of a bull frog, southern leopard frog, […]

Spring Native Plant Sales

Photo courtesy of Virginia Native Plant Society Native plants provide better food for insects, which in turn provide food for birds. You can make a huge difference for wildlife by planting native species on your property. Virginia Native Plant Society maintains a list of native plant sales in the area. Not on the list, but […]

Hidden Oaks Renovation Plans Include Consideration for Wood Frogs’ Mating Season

Article Photos courtesy of Fairfax County Park Authority Author Suzanne Holland is Visitor Services Manager at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Preparations for construction take many forms. For Hidden Oaks Nature Center, the upheaval to the trees, park access and program scheduling are but a few of the aspects that site staff have long considered to get ready […]

Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival, April 23rd & 24th

When: Saturday & Sunday, 04/23 -24/2022 10:00AM-6:00PM Where: Leesburg Flower & Garden Fair King St. Leesburg, VA 20175 Click here for more information. Event Description: The annual Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival is a great way to kick off your spring activities. Visit Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s booth for hands-on activities for kids of all ages, see what […]

Invasive Plant Identification Walk, April 9th

Photo: Courtesy of the Fairfax County Park Authority When: Saturday, 04/09/2022 10:00-11:30AM Where: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park 5040 Walney Road Chantilly, VA, 20151 Map of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Cost: $8.00 Click here for more information. Register Online. Event Description: Identify some Fairfax County’s common invasive plant species. Explore ways to lessen these plants around […]