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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This is shared by Loudoun Wildlife  Conservancy Audubon at Home program for those out fortunate enough to be stewarding ...
05/08/2020

This is shared by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Audubon at Home program for those out fortunate enough to be stewarding some grasslands. Thank you for considering our breeding birds in your management plans.

In honor of #worldmigratorybirdday tomorrow, we wanted to share our guidelines on how to support grassland birds. The image in this post can be found in our downloadable guidelines PDF (https://www.vaworkinglandscapes.org/education/resources/field-management-guidelines-for-grassland-birds/).

We get many questions from our network on how landowners and managers can support birds. We love these kinds of questions since much of our research is geared toward exploring how to conserve and support biodiversity in our region.

Did you know that #grassland and #shrubland birds are declining more than any other group of #birds? And with over 80% of Virginia's grasslands currently held in private hands, the survival and well-being of these vulnerable species depends on the decisions made by private landowners.

Check out the link above to learn how you can help #bringbirdsback.

Happy #birding!

#conservation #wmbd2020 #smithsonian #grasslandbirds #landmanagement #mowing

These Solitary Sandpipers have found a temporary home at a construction site in Purcellville. You can observe Solitary S...
05/08/2020

These Solitary Sandpipers have found a temporary home at a construction site in Purcellville. You can observe Solitary Sandpipers at locations across Loudoun County right now taking migration breaks at small ponds, streams and ditches on their way north to breed in Canada and Alaska. Thanks to volunteer, Steve, for the pictures!

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's cover photo
05/07/2020

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's cover photo

This week I trimmed off the fading flower heads from my Golden Groundsel, Packera aurea, just as they were going to seed...
05/07/2020

This week I trimmed off the fading flower heads from my Golden Groundsel, Packera aurea, just as they were going to seed. That may sound odd coming from an Audubon at Home wildlife gardener – but you have to keep things practical! This patch is planted in an area of my yard that I want to keep tidy, but the very characteristics of this plant that make it such wonderful fast moving ground cover can also mean it gets out of hand in a smaller space. So, I’m not going to let it blow seed all over the place. The pollinators have already had the benefit of the flowers and those lovely dark green leaves (and the leaves from last Fall still trapped underneath) will continue to provide great habitat and foraging for the rest of the year. A wildlife garden can stay neat!! Happy wildlife gardening. Photos
Golden Groundsel in full bloom a few weeks ago
Fading flowers going to seed
Handsome ground-covering leaves after the trim

Spring migration is in full swing here in Loudoun County. Summer visitors and migrants passing through are returning to ...
05/06/2020

Spring migration is in full swing here in Loudoun County. Summer visitors and migrants passing through are returning to the area to give us an incredible diversity of species including colorful warblers, vireos, sandpipers, orioles, flycatchers, hummingbirds, and many more species.

This past weekend, a few lucky birders spotted two Yellow-crowned Night-Herons visiting two local parks. We were delighted to catch a glimpse of these migrants that are rarely seen in Loudoun County.

You can join us in celebrating birds this Saturday by documenting what you see during World Migratory Bird Day/Global Big Day.

https://loudounwildlife.org/2020/04/celebrate-birds-big-day/

We would like to thank everyone who donated for GiveChoose! And a special thanks goes out to Edwin & Melody Rood for gen...
05/06/2020

We would like to thank everyone who donated for GiveChoose! And a special thanks goes out to Edwin & Melody Rood for generously matching $5,000 in gifts. Together, we raised over $13,000, providing vital funding to help us to share our passion for the natural world with you! Thank you!

We also want to thank the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties for hosting another great online day of giving for local nonprofits! Over $600,000 was raised to support 85 nonprofits here in Loudoun County!

We are targeting one last window between 6-7 pm to win #GiveChoose prizes for most donors and most dollars raised. You c...
05/05/2020
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy - GiveChoose

We are targeting one last window between 6-7 pm to win #GiveChoose prizes for most donors and most dollars raised.

You can help push us over the top to reach our goal for the day by donating during this time!

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy inspires, motivates, and engages people to protect, preserve, and restore wildlife habitat in Loudoun County.

We want to thank Edwin & Melody Rood for matching $5,000 in gifts for #GiveChoose! We would also like to thank all of ou...
05/05/2020

We want to thank Edwin & Melody Rood for matching $5,000 in gifts for #GiveChoose! We would also like to thank all of our generous donors who helped win two $500 prizes today from the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties! But, GiveChoose is not over yet...

You can still help us reach our $15,000 goal for today! We are more than 3/4 of the way to our goal, but we need your help.

Your donation provides funding for our education programs including nature walks to many special places across Loudoun County where people can experience the awe and wonder of nature and wildlife.

You can be a champion for wildlife by donating here: https://www.givechoose.org/LoudounWildlifeConservancy

We did it! Thank you to everyone who donated last hour!! We'd like to thank the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation for s...
05/05/2020

We did it! Thank you to everyone who donated last hour!!

We'd like to thank the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation for sponsoring this prize!

Help us keep up the momentum to raise more money to inspire and engage new wildlife enthusiasts during the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties's #GiveChoose!

Congratulations to our Give Choose $500 prize winners for Most Donors from 1-2PM - Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy wins for small organization, and INMED USA wins for large organization! Prizes sponsored by Claude Moore Charitable Foundation and Larkin Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors!
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You can help us win more prizes during #GiveChoose with a donation of as little as $10. The next prize window we're targ...
05/05/2020
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy - GiveChoose

You can help us win more prizes during #GiveChoose with a donation of as little as $10. The next prize window we're targeting is between 1-2pm. Help us win $500 by having the most donors!

Today, every donation until we reach $5,000 will be matched, doubling your impact!

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy inspires, motivates, and engages people to protect, preserve, and restore wildlife habitat in Loudoun County.

We want to thank our supporters for raising the most dollars for small nonprofits between 8-9am!!We want to thank Loudou...
05/05/2020

We want to thank our supporters for raising the most dollars for small nonprofits between 8-9am!!

We want to thank Loudoun Insurance Group for sponsoring this prize window! And, a big thanks to the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties for hosting #GiveChoose each year!

We can still win more prize money for most donors in an hour. We're targeting the 1-2pm window for this prize opportunity. Thank you for supporting Loudoun Wildlife!

Congratulations to our $500 Give Choose prize winners for Most Dollars Raised between 8-9AM! Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy won for small organization, and Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice won for large organization! Prizes sponsored by Inova Loudoun Hospital and Loudoun Insurance Group.
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You support protecting pollinators, educating people about the importance of native plants, and inspiring the next gener...
05/04/2020

You support protecting pollinators, educating people about the importance of native plants, and inspiring the next generation of native plant enthusiasts when you donate to Loudoun Wildlife for #GiveChoose tomorrow, May 5th!

You can maximize the benefits of your gift by helping us win bonus prizes between 8-9 am, 1-2 pm, and 6-7 pm!

https://www.givechoose.org/LoudounWildlifeConservancy

#GiveChoose is tomorrow! This is your opportunity to invest in your community!As spring heats up, we are enchanted by bl...
05/04/2020

#GiveChoose is tomorrow! This is your opportunity to invest in your community!

As spring heats up, we are enchanted by blooming wildflowers, beautiful butterflies, and colorful migrating birds, and we love to share our passion for wildlife and healthy wildlife habitats with you. You can invest in sharing the magic of nature and inspiring new wildlife enthusiasts by donating during #GiveChoose.

And, the first $5,000 in gifts are being matched by our generous donors Edwin & Melody Rood, doubling your impact!

We want to thank the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties for hosting our local annual day of giving!

What do you do when you see those caterpillars munching on your Rudbeckia aka Black-eyed Susans? Jump for joy! It's a ho...
05/03/2020

What do you do when you see those caterpillars munching on your Rudbeckia aka Black-eyed Susans? Jump for joy! It's a host plant for Silvery Checkerspots and 20 other butterfly and moth species. The leaves will come back and you're helping our pollinators.

Photos courtesy of Megan and Michael.

Would you follow this deer on this trail?We know we would. Unfortunately, we can't take you there right now, but we can'...
05/03/2020

Would you follow this deer on this trail?

We know we would. Unfortunately, we can't take you there right now, but we can't wait to get out on the trail with you again to show you some of the special places for wildlife in Loudoun County.

You can help our future programs by donating during #GiveChoose on May 5th.

https://www.givechoose.org/loudounwildlifeconservancy

This is a great example of why we need stronger zoning ordinances and stronger incentives to comply with regulations. Ot...
05/03/2020
Environmental Justice: Will It Prevail for Loudoun’s St. Louis?

This is a great example of why we need stronger zoning ordinances and stronger incentives to comply with regulations. Otherwise, by-right developments will continue to exploit our natural resources and vulnerable communities.

By Laura Longley “There is a history of environmental violence against communities of color in this country and we must ensure Virginia does not repeat past mistakes … Governor Northam recent…

COVID-19 is impacting all of our day-to-day lives. For us, that means that we're not able to share our passion with you ...
05/02/2020

COVID-19 is impacting all of our day-to-day lives. For us, that means that we're not able to share our passion with you in-person via our nature walks and education programs.

And, the Dulles Greenway will not be hosting the Drive for Charity this spring, which has been an instrumental source of funding for our programs.

However, we will overcome adversity during these trying times to continue to inspire and engage people to become involved in the natural world. You can be a champion for wildlife by supporting Loudoun Wildlife during #GiveChoose on May 5th!

We are postponing our Birdathon until fall migration due to COVID-19, but you can still help us Celebrate Birds on World...
05/02/2020
Celebrate Birds on World Migratory Bird Day/Global Big Day - Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

We are postponing our Birdathon until fall migration due to COVID-19, but you can still help us Celebrate Birds on World Migratory Bird Day/Global Big Day on May 9th. Count birds in your backyard or you favorite local park or preserve and send us your data to give us a snapshot of the birds found in Loudoun on that day.

Click the link for more information or to donate in support of our citizen science efforts.

Unfortunately, the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has had to cancel all of its bird walks and its Birdathon this spring because

News and Nature Programs: May 2020 🐝🌻 Birdathon updates, GiveChoose, and more! - https://mailchi.mp/loudounwildlife/may2...
05/01/2020
News and Nature Programs: May 2020 🐝🌻

News and Nature Programs: May 2020 🐝🌻 Birdathon updates, GiveChoose, and more! - https://mailchi.mp/loudounwildlife/may2020-newsletter

Dear , We hope that you and your loved ones are continuing to stay safe and healthy. We hope that you've been able to get outside and enjoy the outdoors this spring, even if it is just sitting in your yard. These are difficult times for everyone, and we're all having to adapt and adju...

Our Native Plant Sales offer an opportunity for you to purchase native plants, but they are also a great way to learn fr...
04/30/2020

Our Native Plant Sales offer an opportunity for you to purchase native plants, but they are also a great way to learn from native plant experts and experts from our various programs.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our spring sale this year, but you can still support Loudoun Wildlife during #GiveChoose on May 5th.

https://www.givechoose.org/loudounwildlifeconservancy

As an Audubon at Home Ambassador, I try to think about how to use native plants to provide wildlife habitat, though I al...
04/30/2020

As an Audubon at Home Ambassador, I try to think about how to use native plants to provide wildlife habitat, though I also have an HOA to satisfy. 5 years ago my yard was a typical developer’s lot with a lot of empty space to fill. I came across Fragrant Sumac, Rhus aromatica,’Grow Low’, – an un-assuming shrub with delicate branches that quickly reached out 4 feet or more to cover the ground. In the front yard, it’s easily trimmed to stay neat, while in the backyard I let it run further. I started off thinking that this would just be a dull background for more interesting things to be planted later, but now I know better! Early in the year the open branches let in light for Spring flowers to bloom, while throughout the winter, those same branches trap wind-blown leaves to create places for small birds like Juncos and sparrows to forage. Then yesterday in those few hours of warm sun I noticed for the first time that the clusters of small flowers were swarming with tiny bees, sadly too small and too fast for me to photograph. So, for me, another work-horse plant that is truly earning its place in all seasons. Photos:
1 Rhus aromatica leafing out in formal front yard planting
2. Back yard location, still holding on to wind blown leaves
3. Green Sweat Bee foraging on flowers

Our partners at the Goose Creek Association are giving away free trees this Saturday at 10am in Middleburg.
04/30/2020

Our partners at the Goose Creek Association are giving away free trees this Saturday at 10am in Middleburg.

FREE TREES!
Saturday: May 2, 2020
10:00am-2:00pm
Middleburg, 119 The Plains Road. (Parking Lot)

I will have about 200 trees of various local/native varieties. I will also be taking orders, to be picked up at a later date.

Thank you for your support! Donations will be appreciated!

Your donation during #GiveChoose provides critical support to our education programs including our Youth & Family progra...
04/29/2020
Give Choose 2020 Begins - Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

Your donation during #GiveChoose provides critical support to our education programs including our Youth & Family program, Habitat Herald, nature walks, field trips, and other education programs.

GiveChoose is an opportunity for our community to come together to have an immediate impact on the causes we care about. Even a small donation of $10 can have a big impact.

Thank you for your support!

As we all adapt to the ongoing health crisis, we hope you are able to find some time to get

04/29/2020
3 Tips to Stay Outside

Our Youth & Family Program Coordinator, Meghan, has three tips for getting your kids outside, and keeping them engaged. Free play outdoors is a powerful tool for your child's development (increasing problem solving skills, improving dexterity, and exploring cause and effect, to name a few), but also extremely valuable for creating a connection, appreciation, and value for nature. These bonds with the outdoors plant the seeds for our future stewards of the environment.

Youth & Family Programs Leader, Meghan recommendations for fun play outside

04/28/2020
Protecting Amphibian Habitat for GiveChoose

GiveChoose is in 1 week!

While we have been successful (with the help of many partners) in permanently protecting the vernal pools at JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary, there are still lots of special places that are worthy of being protected and home to countless wildlife.

These special places provide locations where we can share our passion for the natural world with others. The look on a student's face when they get to hold a salamander for the first time is priceless!

You can make priceless moments happen by donating during GiveChoose on May 5th: https://www.givechoose.org/loudounwildlifeconservancy

A big thanks goes out to the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties for hosting #GiveChoose each year!

Your support during GiveChoose helps protect wildlife habitat like the vernal pools at JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary. JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary is no...

Today is the last day to collect data for the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge! The friendly global competition will en...
04/27/2020
City Nature Challenge 2020: Washington DC Metro Area

Today is the last day to collect data for the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge! The friendly global competition will end today, but you can collect data using iNaturalist any day.

The iNaturalist app is a peer-reviewed database where you can input a picture, and it will give suggestions as to what you see if you aren't sure what it is.

Are you an expert? Then you can review what others have submitted to verify the accuracy of the data.

Join us in this friendly global effort to safely explore biodiversity April 24-27, 2020! Please join the project and spread the word to your friends and neighbors. For the entire month of April, check out a similar project for City Nature Month! If you want to be involved in organizing, please join....

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Does anyone know what kind of snake this is?
This would impact millions of acres of wildlife, with horrible implications for pollinators.
Does anyone have a kid-friendly Birding Checklist? I've got a neighborhood filled with kids peering out their windows and parents who are trying to get them to something remotely educational.
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?