Late Summer Wildflower Walk, September 10th

Photo: Courtesy of The Clifton Institute

Saturday, September 10, 2022
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Clifton Institute
6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA
38.775154, -77.798197


Come and see the fields at their best! The fields called Lower and Upper Woodcock are unplanted and naturally dominated by native plants. Participants will look for Gray Goldenrod, Slender Lespedeza, Green Milkweed, Field Thistle, Upland Ironweed, Elliott’s Bluestem and Little Bluestem in the drier areas, and Great Blue Lobelia, New York Ironweed, and Indiangrass in the moister areas. Executive Director Bert Harris will lead this walk through one of the most interesting habitats and teach participants about Piedmont prairies and how to identify grassland plants.


Creatures of the Night, September 10th

Image courtesy of The Clifton Institute

Saturday, September 10, 2022
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


The Clifton Institute
6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA
38.775154, -77.798197


Join Clifton Institute Executive Director Bert Harris to look and listen for creatures of the night! Participants will start by listening to the evening chorus of cicadas and birds. A gentle walk through fields and woods is also planned to look for nocturnal animals. Late summer is an ideal time to observe several species of katydids and crickets. Participants will also look for beavers, reptiles and amphibians, and other animals. Back at the farmhouse, it will be interesting to see what kinds of moths and beetles are attracted by black lights.


Dragonfly Biology and Identification, August 4th & 6th

Photo: Banded Pennant by FMN Don Coram

Classroom presentation: Thursday, August 4, 2022
7-8:30 pm
Field trip: Saturday, August 6, 2022
9:45 am-1 pm
Register by email to or by telephone 703-476-9689 ext. 5
Walker Nature Center
11450 Glade Dr., Reston, VA

Join FMN Don Coram, instructor, for a course on dragonflies covering their beauty, physiology, behavior, ecological role, and identification. The course includes a classroom presentation followed by a field trip to identify and count dragonflies in Reston. The count is part of an ongoing data collection effort that began in 2009. Although they do count and record the dragonflies that they observe, most of the participants are still learning about dragonflies, and the count is more of an educational field trip than a scientific wildlife survey.

Natural Filters in the Anacostia River: The Recovery of an Urban Waterway, webinar August 16th

Photo: Eric T. Gunther, Anacostia River near Kingman Island

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
7-8 pm
Register here.

For more than three decades, the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) has been working on recovering the Anacostia River’s ecosystems, especially its natural filters. After decades of restoration, education, and advocacy AWS is seeing a great recovery of the biodiversity of the aquatic ecosystems in the Anacostia River.

Jorge Bogantes Montero, Natural Resources Specialist for AWS, will present a virtual tour of the river and speak about the recovery of this once-neglected urban waterway in the nation’s capital. An in-person field trip and boat ride will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2022 for 20 participants.

“Restoring the Little Things that Run the World,” webinar with Doug Tallamy, September 25th

Photo: Doug Tallamy

Sunday, September 25, 2022
3 – 5pm
Fees: $10 + fees
Register here.

Doug Tallamy is an entomologist, ecologist and conservationist, a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, and a successful author. Tallamy will deliver a talk for us titled, “Restoring the Little Things that Run the World.” A recent UN report predicts that as many as 1 million species will disappear from planet earth because of human activities. Many of these are insects and nearly all species at risk rely on insects. A world without insects will be a world without humans! So, how do we create beautiful landscapes brimming with life – landscapes that support the butterflies, caterpillars, bees, beetles and other insects that run the ecosystems we depend on? Tallamy will remind us of the essential roles insects play, and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and yes, on our plants.

Help Tackle Invasive Plants with Friends of Dyke Marsh (FODM), July & August

Photo: Janet Quinn, Invasive plants
Saturdays, July 16 and 30, August 13 and 27, 2022

Dyke Marsh, Alexandria
Haul Road Trail directions and parking information – click here.
(GPS coordinates: 38.777739, -77.050540)

For more events and information click here.

Help protect native plants by pulling and clipping invasive plants. FODM will train volunteers to identify the five or so target plants. Sign up by sending an email to Put “invasive plants” in the subject box Invasive plants can threaten and outcompete native plants.

Bat Night, August 13th

Photo by Rick Reynolds on
Saturday, August 13, 2022

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Purcellville
11661 Harpers Ferry Road
Purcellville, VA 20132 United States 
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Registration required. Learn more and register here.

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is excited to present Bat Night led by The Bat Lady, Dr. Susanne Sterbing, world-renowned bat expert and research professor at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sterbing will present a fascinating audio-visual presentation followed by a question-and-answer period. You don’t want to miss Dr. Sterbing’s description of the strange feeding rituals of vampire bats! The lecture will be followed by a live bat viewing (hopefully) down at the pond. Family friendly; wear good walking shoes and bring flashlights and bug repellant.

A Planet Full of Insects and Spiders: Friends and Foes, August 6th

Photo: FMN Kate Luisa
Saturday, August 6, 2022

Izaak Walton League Chapter House, Leesburg
19237 Mountain Spring Lane
Leesburg, VA 20175 
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For more information and to register, click here.

Join Dr. Adamski, PhD, member of the Department of Entomology for the National Museum of Natural History, for his presentation on these most abundant of all animals. Learn why they are so successful in all types of environments. From camouflage, warning coloration, and mimicry to sound production, predation, cannibalism, and metamorphosis; all will be explained in family-friendly language.

Birding in the Watershed Webinar, July 28th

Photo: FMN Ron Grimes
Thursday, July 28, 2022
For more information and to register, click here.

This webinar is part of the Ask the Alliance series hosted by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Curious what birds are flying around your local landscapes? Emily Broich, Pennsylvania Green Projects Coordinator for the Alliance, will share how you can spot and identify birds in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Bees Webinar, August 4th

Photo courtesy of the Fairfax County Park Authority

Thursday, August 4, 2022
12:00 pm

For more information and to register, click here.

This webinar is part of the Ask the Alliance series hosted by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Bees are all the buzz. Join Savannah Lightcap, Green Infrastructure Projects Assistant for the Alliance, as she shares how you can identify bees, plant bee habitats, and rehome unwanted bees. Then, Brittany Smith, Pennsylvania Agriculture Projects Manager, will share her very own bee colony.