While bird migration occurs year-round, from late April through early June millions of birds journey north from their wintering grounds. Some will stay and nest here, but many will only stay in our area long enough to feed and replenish their strength before heading further north. As a result it is possible to observe over […]
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.
The long-awaited Birds of Loudoun: A Guide Based on the 2009-2014 Loudoun County Bird Atlas is here! Beginning with an introduction to atlasing and a brief lesson on Loudoun’s geography, the book then dives into the results of the five-year Bird Atlas where 85 volunteer atlasers reported 262 species over the span of 5,900 field hours. […]
By Joe Coleman Eastern TowheePhoto by Nicole Hamilton The highlights of a brisk (32 degrees, rising to 38) and windy morning at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship were 7 sparrow species, Tree Swallows, a Winter Wren, Eastern Meadowlarks, and 3 Brown Creepers. The 7 sparrow species included great looks at two Fox Sparrows, […]
A light covering of snow covering the trails and trees at Banshee Reeks greeted 10 birders Saturday morning on the regular monthly Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve bird walk. During the first part of the walk the melting snow on the trees frequently dripped on our binoculars and cameras on the trails on the western edge […]
Spotted SalamanderPhoto by Joe Coleman The highlights of a relatively quiet bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship February 21 were a Spotted Salamander, a pair of Black Vultures at their nest site, good looks at both Brown Creepers and Golden-crowned Kinglets, and a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks sitting together and hunting […]
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 […]
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 […]