Entries by Mary Ann Bush

Public-Private Partnership Leads to a Greener Springfield District

Photo courtesy of Fairfax County Park Authority A pilot project on Arley Street in Springfield is an environmental success story. With significant community initiative and modest government assistance, 4,300 square feet of asphalt in the Springfield district was converted back to green space. Community property within the Springfield Station Homeowners Association (HOA) included a deteriorated […]

A Tribute to E.O. Wilson, written by Doug Tallamy

Attribution of photo: Jim Harrison, CC BY 2.5, (cropped)  via Wikimedia Commons E. O. Wilson was an extraordinary scholar in every sense of the word. Back in the 1980s, Milton Stetson, the chair of the biology department at the University of Delaware, told me that a scientist who makes a single seminal contribution to his or […]


Photo: Courtesy of the Fairfax County Park Authority (Ellanor C. Lawrence Park) WINTER STREAM LIFE When: Saturday, 02/12/2022 1:00 pm Where: ELLANOR C. LAWRENCE PARK LOCATION Pond Shelter 5235 Walney Road Chantilly, VA, 20151 Cost: $8 per person. Click here for activity details or call 703-631-0013. Registration is online. Event Description: Explore Walney Creek with […]

What’s in Your Knapsack?

Photo by Jerry Nissley By: Mary Jane Poulter, Central Piedmont Chapter and Marilyn Parks, Fairfax Chapter At the annual Virginia Master Naturalist conference this year, a favorite activity was the chat room. The chat room was a sub-area of the conference where attendees could start discussions on topics of interest. Since the conference was virtual, […]

Virtual Workshop for the Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count

Photo: Photo: Black-capped Chickadee, Megan Lavoie/Audubon Photography Awards Where: VIRTUAL! When: Thursday, December 16, 2021 7:00 – 8:30PM Fee: FREE! For Information and Registration click here. This event is FREE, but registration is required. Join Phil Silas, the Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count compiler, and members from the Conservation Committee to learn about this long-running […]

Author Event: Ivory-billed Woodpecker as Trickster with Dr. Chris Haney, Webinar December 9th

Book cover, courtesy of Dr. Chris Haney Where: Virtual! When: Thursday, December 9, 2021 7:00PM Registration Fees: Member ticket: $10, Non-member ticket: $15 Pre-order your copy of Dr. Haney’s new book, Woody’s Last Laugh here. For Registration information click here. Join Audubon Society of Northern Virginia in welcoming their good friend, Dr. Chris Haney. They will […]

Virtual Fireside Chat with Dr. Tom Wood: Celebrate Swans, December 2nd

Photo: Tundra Swans, Wink Gaines/GBBC Where: Free Online event When: Thursday, December 2, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM For Registration and additional information click here. Join Audubon Society of Northern Virginia for a celebration of the return of the swans! This chat will be swan-themed and inspire participants to visit the wintering tundra swans […]

Public bug enemy number one: The Spotted Lanternfly

Photo from Fairfax County Government Website An adult insect was found recently in a shipment of produce at a local grocery store in Annandale. Any spotted lanternflies you detect should be killed immediately. They can cause serious damage to home and commercial gardens. Peach, apple, grape and wine industries in Virginia are threatened most by […]

New App Brings Awareness of ADA Requirements to Trails

Article written by FMN Steve TzikasReprinted with permission of Audubon Society of Northern Virginia As we celebrate Birdability Week, October 18  – October 24, 2021, we would like to highlight Steve Tzikas, an energetic volunteer who has been mapping trails in Northern Virginia for their “Birdability.” “The Birdability Map is a crowdsourced map which describes […]