Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy inspires, motivates, and engages people to protect, preserve, and restore wildlife habitat in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is a volunteer-driven organization, supported by a small group of part-time staff, located in Loudoun County, Virginia. We offer all sorts of free programs and events that are open to the public to enjoy as a way to get out into nature, learn about our local flora and fauna, and jump into action when needed to either restore habitats or be the voice for wildlife.
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All of today's artists are part of the DaVinci Art for All program. We are so fortunate for their participation in the B...
02/05/2020

All of today's artists are part of the DaVinci Art for All program. We are so fortunate for their participation in the Birdhouses of Loudoun County.

Go like their page: https://www.facebook.com/afaloudoun/

Here's a great opportunity for our local educators.
02/03/2020
Earth Sangha

Here's a great opportunity for our local educators.

The Earth Sangha's Conservation Manager, Matt Bright, has partnered up with Meadowlark Botanical Gardens to give a FREE class to educators on how to propagate native plants in the classroom on February 22nd! Propagating plants can help stretch school garden/wildlife habitat area budgets by growing additional plants from the garden’s existing plants. This free workshop, hosted by Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and Earth Sangha, will focus on propagating native plants by division and by seed. Demonstrations, a hands-on activity and informative handouts will provide educators with the basics of these two propagation methods and the ability to further enhance their school gardens and wildlife habitats. Online registration is required as space is limited. Click below to register.

As our natural resources shrink with each new development, shopping mall, and data center it becomes increasingly import...
02/03/2020
Nature's Best Hope: A conversation with Dr. Doug Tallamy — In Defense of Plants

As our natural resources shrink with each new development, shopping mall, and data center it becomes increasingly important for each of us to take care of nature in our own back yards and HOA. Listen to Doug's inspirational interview and attend our event this Wednesday. Amaze Your Friends and Impress Your HOA with Native Plants! Be a part of bringing back nature!

On sale at the Wild Shop! Stop by Thursday 10-2pm to pick up your copy.

With his first book, "Bringing Nature Home," Dr. Doug Tallamy managed to distill decades worth of ecological science into a compelling story of the environmental benefits of native plants. Now he is back with an empowering new book entitled "Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conse

"Happy New Year House" by Huyen MacMichael. Stay tuned on Wednesday we will post the birdhouses of Huyen's students!
02/03/2020

"Happy New Year House" by Huyen MacMichael. Stay tuned on Wednesday we will post the birdhouses of Huyen's students!

We have a full house of Bluebird lovers starting the kickoff of our citizen science Bluebird Monitoring program.  And we...
02/02/2020

We have a full house of Bluebird lovers starting the kickoff of our citizen science Bluebird Monitoring program. And we brought a featured Bluebird house that will be auctioned at our March 27 Wine for Wildlife event!

"Gather" by Kaarin Nelson.  You can see Kaarin's wren house at Hunt Country Jewelers in Purcellville.
01/31/2020

"Gather" by Kaarin Nelson. You can see Kaarin's wren house at Hunt Country Jewelers in Purcellville.

New Schedule Alert! Our Children's Nature Play Group will meet the first Saturday of each month, as well as LCPS school ...
01/30/2020

New Schedule Alert!
Our Children's Nature Play Group will meet the first Saturday of each month, as well as LCPS school holidays.

Nature Play Days -- This Saturday from 10-12!Come out and join the Play Rangers for a Nature Play Day at Loudoun Wildlif...
01/30/2020

Nature Play Days -- This Saturday from 10-12!

Come out and join the Play Rangers for a Nature Play Day at Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. All ages and abilities are welcome! Well-behaved parents allowed to play as well!

What to expect:

- We'll bring out an assortment of "loose parts" for kids to use however they'd like, while playing in the great outdoors.

- An LWC Play Ranger will be on hand to get families signed in and answer any questions about nature, play, or nature play.

- While we can't guarantee your child will get muddy, we usually have a 90% success rate. Parents who bring extra clothes, rain boots, and towels are usually a lot happier when it's time to leave.

Event is held rain or shine at Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's location in Morven Park, Leesburg VA.

For any questions about this program, email Elena Karakozoff at [email protected]

Don't forget our Gatehouse office is open 10am - 2pm today. Stop by for visit! Our popular "Planting for Wildlife" book ...
01/30/2020

Don't forget our Gatehouse office is open 10am - 2pm today. Stop by for visit! Our popular "Planting for Wildlife" book is available and will help you choose what you need in your 2020 garden.

"Home" by Pat Whittle.  On your way home stop by Catoctin Creek Distillery and check out this bluebird house while you e...
01/29/2020

"Home" by Pat Whittle. On your way home stop by Catoctin Creek Distillery and check out this bluebird house while you enjoy some fine whiskey.

"Bluebird Palace" by Carmen Barros Howell
01/27/2020

"Bluebird Palace" by Carmen Barros Howell

We kicked off celebrating our 25th anniversary at The Purcellville Pub last week. Thank you, Loudoun Now for coming out ...
01/23/2020
Loudoun Wildlife Kicks Off 25th Year - Loudoun Now

We kicked off celebrating our 25th anniversary at The Purcellville Pub last week. Thank you, Loudoun Now for coming out and covering the event! We are planning additional events all year to educate and inspire the community and have fun while we are doing it!

Patrons of the Purcellville Pub on Jan. 15 met a new bartender—Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Executive Director Michael Myers. The conservancy’s

"My Garden" By Laney Oxman.  You can see Laney's Bluebird box at Wild Birds Unlimited.
01/22/2020

"My Garden" By Laney Oxman. You can see Laney's Bluebird box at Wild Birds Unlimited.

We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary all year! In case you hadn't noticed, we have a lot of exciting programs and eve...
01/21/2020
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy celebrates 25 years

We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary all year! In case you hadn't noticed, we have a lot of exciting programs and events going on! Thanks, Loudoun Times-Mirror for telling our story!

Twenty-five years ago, three Loudoun County residents who were concerned about the environment and promoting wildlife preservation formed the nonprofit organization known as Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.

"Coffee Time" by Crystal Mills
01/21/2020

"Coffee Time" by Crystal Mills

Our first featured Artist and Birdhouse.  Stay tuned...there are 24 more artists, maybe someone you know!
01/20/2020

Our first featured Artist and Birdhouse. Stay tuned...there are 24 more artists, maybe someone you know!

There was a surprisingly large attendance of over 300 at our Adventures with Raptors event. We are thrilled that so many...
01/19/2020

There was a surprisingly large attendance of over 300 at our Adventures with Raptors event. We are thrilled that so many wildlife lovers came to listen and see the raptors from Secret Garden Birds and Bees and Wildlife Vet Care! We have a few pictures to share and we are planning another special event in May that will have room for everyone to have an opportunity to hear about these beautiful creatures.

Titmice are in Virginia throughout the year, and pairs will stay in the same territory during the nonbreeding season. Ju...
01/19/2020
Tufted Titmice Are Charming Year-Round Neighbors - Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

Titmice are in Virginia throughout the year, and pairs will stay in the same territory during the nonbreeding season. Juveniles born during the previous breeding season often stay with their parents at least until the next spring. You can read the full article in our Fall habitat herald.

Attend our birds walks and learn more fascinating facts about our local birds.

Photo by David Boltz

Volume 24 Issue 4, Fall 2019 by Larry Meade The Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) is one of the most charismatic birds in our region. It’s always a treat to see them come to backyard feeders or to hear their familiar “Peter-Peter-Peter” song echoing through the woods. Their perky crests and...

MLK Day Play!!Our Children's Play Group is meeting this Monday, Jan. 20 at the gatehouse at Morven Park (17263 Southern ...
01/19/2020

MLK Day Play!!
Our Children's Play Group is meeting this Monday, Jan. 20 at the gatehouse at Morven Park (17263 Southern Planter Ln, Leesburg, VA 20176) from 10am-noon. To get to the gatehouse, you must enter through Morven Park from Old Waterford road. Keep driving until you get to the main parking lot on your left hand side. Instead of going into the parking lot turn RIGHT, down the smaller gravel lane with the small sign next to it saying "Loudoun Wildlife Event". It will lead you to right to our meetup.

Don't forget to wear shoes you wouldn't mind getting dirty and wet!

What to expect:
- Families will gather outdoors at the Gatehouse and spend time playing in the field, creek and trees.
- An LWC “Playmaker” volunteer will be present to welcome everyone and ensure all participants have signed in and are familiar with the space and program.
- “Loose parts” materials will be available for play as well as an “Investigation Station” equipped with reference material and measurement tools
- Families are encouraged to bring their own water, snacks and lunch as well as any other outdoor gear (sunscreen, bug spray, picnic blankets, towels, etc)
- Guests may enter the Gatehouse to use the restroom, visit the indoors discovery room or browse sale items.
For any questions about this program, email Elena Karakozoff at [email protected]

We are very excited about our birdhouse project. Watch this page for profiles on each birdhouse and artist. Mark your ca...
01/18/2020

We are very excited about our birdhouse project. Watch this page for profiles on each birdhouse and artist. Mark your calendar for Wine for Wildlife. Tickets will be for sale on our website February 1st.

Experience the great outdoors! Celebrate each season and the joy and health benefits that natural open spaces provide.
01/17/2020
Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

Experience the great outdoors! Celebrate each season and the joy and health benefits that natural open spaces provide.

A growing body of research points to the beneficial effects that exposure to the natural world has on health, reducing stress and promoting healing. Now, policymakers, employers, and healthcare providers are increasingly considering the human need for nature in how they plan and operate.

Audubon at Home is delighted to say that we have completed our first Wildlife Sanctuary certification of 2020! Clayton P...
01/16/2020

Audubon at Home is delighted to say that we have completed our first Wildlife Sanctuary certification of 2020! Clayton Painter, Grounds and Estate Manager for the HHMI Janelia Research campus in Ashburn is shown with LWC Executive Director, Michael Myers receiving the coveted Wildlife Sanctuary sign.The Eastern Kingbird, Robberflies and Common Buckeye are just a few of the critters to be found on campus. With thanks to Erik Snapp for the photography.

Snake Trivia Thursday from our Habitat HeraldContrary to popular belief, snakes do not actually hibernate during the col...
01/16/2020

Snake Trivia Thursday from our Habitat Herald

Contrary to popular belief, snakes do not actually hibernate during the cold winter months. Instead, they conserve energy through a process called brumation.

Snakes will attempt to return to the same den or cave used in previous years for their brumation. There may be many snakes — often as many as a hundred or more — in one den. This nest is called a hibernaculum. Several species, such as the Eastern (or Black) Ratsnake (Pantherophis alleghaniensis), Eastern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix), and Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus), among others, are known to frequently share the same hibernaculum during brumation.

Photos: Eastern Ratsnake, Hamilton, VA, Northern Water Snake (Don Chernoff, Wild Washington publication)
Full Article: https://loudounwildlife.org/2019/11/ectotherms-in-winter-how-do-reptiles-and-amphibians-survive/

What are you having for dinner?  Come to the Pub in Purcellville and have “Buy one Get one shrimp and pasta”.  Proceeds ...
01/15/2020

What are you having for dinner? Come to the Pub in Purcellville and have “Buy one Get one shrimp and pasta”. Proceeds benefit LWC!

Join us on February 2 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Sterling Library to learn about the Eastern Bluebird and our Bluebird T...
01/15/2020
Bluebird Nest Monitoring Program Kickoff - Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

Join us on February 2 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Sterling Library to learn about the Eastern Bluebird and our Bluebird Trails/Nestbox Monitoring Program. This is a free event but registration is required.

Lisa McKew of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Bluebird Monitoring Program will provide an orientation on nestbox monitoring and the protocol used for collecting and reporting data. She will give an overview of the program, discuss the current trails being monitored around Loudoun County, and take u...

Thanks sponsors!  Come eat at the Purcellville Pub all day today.  Raffles and fun from 6-9pm.
01/15/2020

Thanks sponsors! Come eat at the Purcellville Pub all day today. Raffles and fun from 6-9pm.

~Dirt Don't Hurt~Join us this Thursday from 10AM-12PM at the gatehouse at Morven Park in Leesburg. Just follow the signs...
01/14/2020

~Dirt Don't Hurt~

Join us this Thursday from 10AM-12PM at the gatehouse at Morven Park in Leesburg. Just follow the signs to the right of the main parking lot that say "Loudoun Wildlife Event" and they will lead you down a one-lane gravel road to our
meetup.

DON'T FORGET TO WEAR SHOES YOU DON'T MIND GETTING DIRTY AND WET!

What to expect:
- Families will gather outdoors at the Gatehouse and spend time playing in the field, creek and trees.
- An LWC “Playmaker” volunteer will be present to welcome everyone and ensure all participants have signed in and are familiar with the space and program.
- “Loose parts” materials will be available for play as well as an “Investigation Station” equipped with reference material and measurement tools
- Families are encouraged to bring their own water, snacks and lunch as well as any other outdoor gear (sunscreen, bug spray, picnic blankets, towels, etc)
- Guests may enter the Gatehouse to use the restroom, visit the indoors discovery room or browse sale items.
For any questions about this program, email Elena Karakozoff at [email protected]

Congratulations, Tycho! This innovative app has streamlined our data collection efforts for our Stream Monitoring progra...
01/14/2020
Academies of Loudoun Student Wins 10th District Congressional App Challenge - Loudoun Now

Congratulations, Tycho! This innovative app has streamlined our data collection efforts for our Stream Monitoring program.

It's always exciting to see our youth utilizing technology to benefit citizen science and conservation. We're always looking for more stream monitors to collect data each Spring and Fall. Message us if you're interested.

Tycho Svoboda, a junior at the Academies of Loudoun, on Saturday was named the winner of the Congressional App Challenge for

A fantastic turnout to listen to Joe’s last scheduled presentation at Gum Spring Library! Our visitors learned a great d...
01/12/2020

A fantastic turnout to listen to Joe’s last scheduled presentation at Gum Spring Library! Our visitors learned a great deal and loved the beautiful pictures of birds identified in Loudoun County. When we want to make a difference we can see a difference. Be a part of the change to help our bird population.

Fifty friends gathered at the Gatehouse Office today. We had a great time sharing over 45 types of native seeds and how ...
01/12/2020

Fifty friends gathered at the Gatehouse Office today. We had a great time sharing over 45 types of native seeds and how to winter sow. These seeds planted by our visitors today will make a difference for wildlife in the Spring! Thank you to our volunteers.

We are preparing for a great night Wednesday 1/15.  Raffle prizes from Chrysalis Vineyards, Loudoun Oral and Maxiliofaci...
01/10/2020

We are preparing for a great night Wednesday 1/15. Raffle prizes from Chrysalis Vineyards, Loudoun Oral and Maxiliofacial Surgery, Maid Brigade & Watermark Woods. Come help us celebrate!

Play Rangers is one of the fun Youth & Family Programs we offer. It's always a treat to see the creativity and connectio...
01/09/2020
Getting Wild with the Play Rangers - Loudoun Now

Play Rangers is one of the fun Youth & Family Programs we offer. It's always a treat to see the creativity and connections with nature being made!

Thanks Loudoun Now for coming out and covering our program!

There are only a few rules at Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Play Rangers nature playgroups: have fun and try not to

#tbt to November when our Executive Director, Michael Myers, was on 92.5 WINC FM talking about our work at JK Black Oak ...
01/09/2020
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

#tbt to November when our Executive Director, Michael Myers, was on 92.5 WINC FM talking about our work at JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary, the Nature Play program, citizen science programs, and more!

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

Every inch of your yard doesn't have to be totally perfect. Those leaves are providing a service for all sorts of creatu...
01/08/2020

Every inch of your yard doesn't have to be totally perfect. Those leaves are providing a service for all sorts of creatures!

http://www.leaveleavesalone.org

Leave Blowers in January? Yes, we still see and hear them, creating noise and destructing valuable habitat. Your neighbors might call it 'their right' to do what they like. But we think it is trespassing. The blowers have an impact on our communal space and on the habitat of our beloved species. The blowers influence the air we breath and contribute to the climate issues we now see daily in the news. The solution is so easy. Mulch mow and use electric machinery where it is needed. Anywhere else: Just Leave Leaves Alone! www.leaveleavesalone.org

A friend was recently concerned about a fox hanging out near her property. Let's listen to a podcast recorded by Nicole ...
01/07/2020
LWC Podcast - Episode 12: Foxes - Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

A friend was recently concerned about a fox hanging out near her property. Let's listen to a podcast recorded by Nicole a few years ago that discusses how we can coexist with these important creatures and the role they play in biodiversity. https://loudounwildlife.org/2009/01/lwc-podcast-episode-12-foxes/

Foxes are great backyard wildlife that play an excellent role in our ecosystem. They live in urban, suburban as well as wooded habitats so its quite likely that there are foxes around you. Sneaky, huh.

Come celebrate our 25th anniversary with us at the Purcellville Pub on Wednesday, January 15. Our Executive Director, Mi...
01/03/2020

Come celebrate our 25th anniversary with us at the Purcellville Pub on Wednesday, January 15. Our Executive Director, Michael Myers, will be a guest bartender, and we will be raffling off a variety of prizes. A portion of the sales from the day will be donated to us, so bring your friends to eat and drink, and you will be supporting Loudoun Wildlife!

The Virginia Native Plant Society has shared a video that narrates almost 100 species of spring wildflowers found in our...
01/03/2020
Spring Wildflowers of the Mid-Atlantic - Virginia Native Plant Society

The Virginia Native Plant Society has shared a video that narrates almost 100 species of spring wildflowers found in our area. A few plants will flower as early as February. Watch and learn many fascinating facts which include pollination, seed dispersal, historical and medicinal uses.

About 20 years ago, Marion Lobstein and two of her former students, John DeMary and Suzanne Lohr, developed and produced a beautiful video about spring wildflowers in our area. What began as a class project blossomed into a feature-lenth video titled Spring Wildflowers of the Mid-Atlantic Region, wh...

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I have an injured vulture hanging out by my house in Leesburg. What should I do with it? It seems to have an injured wing and cannot fly.
let collected acorns breathe
Had a lot of Goldfinches then over the past 3-4 weeks, none! Anyone know why?
Hi, this is my first time on this site - love it!! I am trying to create a wildlife site in my yard. I have a swale that has been directed to a rain garden that I had created this past early summer. I could REALLY use some help with it. The only plants I seem to get to grow there is milkweed. Even the Mountain Mint seems unhappy there. Is there anyone that can help me!!
Can anyone help me identify this bird? Seen at Windmill pond.
Re: my earlier post, thanks to Joe Coleman, someone from Dominion has gotten in touch and the electrical distribution company that had ordered the tree trimming are going to cease all work until fall. Yay!!
Asplundh tree removal company taking out big trees and dense brush between mile marker 34 and 35 on the W&OD. Lots of nests going down. Watching these catbirds trying to locate their nest in the rubble. Heartbreaking. If anyone knows a bigshot at Dominion Power, please contact them! Joe Coleman and I are also working on it. Why is this work being done in the height of the nesting season?
If I can't get to the May 4 milkweed sale, can I get milkweeds next weekend or one evening?
We recently moved to the area and are a bit bummed that we've yet to find a "public" yard waste recycling center--are there any in Loudoun? Where we moved from homeowners could take brick/block/stone, garden debris, brush, and logged trees to a site where all could be recycled back to the public. Thanks!
Terrible.