While cold (about 20 degrees) when we began Saturday morning’s bird walk, it was a pleasant winter morning for birding as there was no wind and good light. The 12 birders on the regular monthly Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve bird walk observed 33 species and a flock of unidentified blackbirds. The highlights of the walk […]
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People and Wildlife Living in Harmony
Since Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s foundation in 1995, this region has seen a great transformation. From a largely rural area, Loudoun County has grown and changed to a county that encompasses not only hills, farmland and open areas but also increasing suburban development as the population grows.
Change brings with it a greater responsibility to preserve and protect important elements of what makes this area so attractive – the habitat and the wildlife that live among and beside us. That is the role of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.
Marsh WrenPhoto by Laura McGranahan Thirteen people came out for an all-day field trip this past Sunday in Clarke County and close-by Lake Frederick meeting at Snicker’s Gap a little before 9 a.m. and returning there at about 4:40 p.m. While the Gap was thoroughly socked in with heavy fog, the Shenandoah Valley was bright […]
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The five people on the regular monthly (every 2nd Saturday) bird walk at the Banshee Reeks only found 23 species, probably because of the high winds, but did get great views of a posing Hermit Thrush, and heard virtually every call and song that White-throated Sparrows do. We also got good looks at a Fox Sparrow. Hermit […]
Volume 23 Issue 3, Fall 2018 by Anne Owen An area of your yard that naturally collects rainwater, or a natural or man-made swale, offers an interesting opportunity for planting native plants that can tolerate periodic inundation after a rainstorm, as well as drier periods once the water has soaked away. A number of our well-loved “powerhouse” pollinator plants will […]
Volume 23 Issue 3, Fall 2018 by Bryan Henson Many birding experts worked years to gain their knowledge of bird identification through bird walks, field guides and good luck. Now technology is enabling many more interested people to learn this skillful pastime, accelerate the learning curve and enhance the enjoyment of this endeavor.eBird is the greatest tool you […]
Volume 23 Issue 3, Fall 2018 by Steve Allen It would be a good bet that just about everyone reading this review loves to be out in nature. If you were asked why that is, you might respond that you love fresh air, the sounds of birds singing, or the smell of flowers. But are there deeper physical and […]
Volume 23 Issue 3, Fall 2018 by Sharon Plummer We see them at parks and in our wooded backyards. Just like with the Redskins, people are either fans or enemies or never give them any thought. They bound gracefully across roadways, though unfortunately they don’t always make it across. For some city dwellers, this may be the only wildlife they […]
Volume 23 Issue 3, Fall 2018 by Randy Bowman Randy is a local high school student who enjoys researching nature and sharing his thoughts and observations. Photo by Steve Allen Birds are one of the most dominant classes of organisms on this planet. They can be found on all continents and in all environments. Why […]
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