Photo by Allison Gallo As most of us know, being outdoors and connected to nature makes you feel better and the more we preserve the natural and other resources around us, the better off we are. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) agrees. The department has a new “Virginia Outdoors Plan,” which is […]
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
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.
Yellow-bellied sapsuckerPhoto by Michael Sciortino Ten hardy birders showed up at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve Saturday morning for the regular bird walk that takes place the second Saturday of every month. While all of us expected it to be cold the brisk winds out of the north made the 25 degrees much more uncomfortable […]
Volume 24 Issue 1, Winter 2019 Review by Steve Allen In the second half of the 19th century feathered hats were all the rage. This passion for plumage resulted in the slaughter of millions of birds for use in the millinery trade. Beginning in the 1890s, groups of women banded together and formed Audubon Societies […]
Volume 24 Issue 1, Winter 2019by Nan McCarry, Audubon at Home AmbassadorWe often read in these pages about planting for wildlife habitat. But we might not often think about supporting the living “soil food web” that exists in the top few inches of soil. This biodiverse food web is the key to healthy soil that, […]
Volume 24 Issue 1, Winter 2019 Photo by Jennifer Cardwell by Emily Cook When the temperatures begin to drop and the summer clothes get packed away, most people tuck outdoor activities right into that storage box with them. Thinking it’s too cold, too windy, or that winter hiking may not be as rewarding as a […]
Photo by Nicole Sudduth There’s some good news about Monarch butterfly populations. Monarch Joint Venture reports 2018-2019 Eastern Monarch overwintering numbers are up 144% from last year and the highest they’ve been since 2007. The population occupied 6.5 hectares of land. You can read more about the numbers here. Loudoun County Monarch enthusiasts saw lots […]
The address is 17638 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg. To reach the Gatehouse, enter Morven Park on Old Waterford Road, follow the road as far as the parking lot then turn right, then an immediate right again onto a gravel road. There is a sign that says Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Follow the gravel road to the Gatehouse. […]
Photo by Bryan Henson The morning of Saturday, January 26, Liam McGranaghan introduced 25 enthusiastic people to the many birds of prey that call Loudoun home and several others that over-winter here. After a short break for lunch, the group people met the trip leaders, Liam and Laura McGranaghan, Bryan Henson and Allison Gallo, Gerco […]
Photo by Linda Sieh Four people participated in Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s monthly bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship on a rather cold (19 degrees) but nice morning as there was little wind until the end of the walk. Even before the walk started we got to not only watch a nearby […]
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