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.
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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.

Operating as usual

Doug.Tallamy's most recent presentation at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge was just released. Enjoy updated information and a...
06/17/2021
Nature's Best Hope: A Conversation with Doug Tallamy

Doug.Tallamy's most recent presentation at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge was just released. Enjoy updated information and answers to great audience questions.

For example, he stated that July and August is when we can more easily spot those caterpillars since bird nesting season is finished then.

Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current land...

Federal and State agencies urge people in the Washington region to take your bird feeders down while scientists search f...
06/15/2021
Public urged to stop feeding birds as scientists hunt cause of mysterious ailment

Federal and State agencies urge people in the Washington region to take your bird feeders down while scientists search for answers!

People should refrain from feeding birds as scientists work to determine the cause of a mysterious ailment that has blinded and killed hundreds of birds in the D.C. region since late May.

Jo Bighouse, near Berryville, has been working for 19 years to develop ecosystems for birds and wildlife to thrive along...
06/12/2021

Jo Bighouse, near Berryville, has been working for 19 years to develop ecosystems for birds and wildlife to thrive alongside organic permaculture to raise fruit and vegetables for people and for her Animal Sanctuary residents. Audubon at Home Ambassadors were thrilled to be invited to Serenity Farm Virginia and we are excited to certify the property as Wildlife Sanctuary. Thank you Jo for all you do for critters, large and small.

Jo Bighouse, near Berryville, has been working for 19 years to develop ecosystems for birds and wildlife to thrive alongside organic permaculture to raise fruit and vegetables for people and for her Animal Sanctuary residents. Audubon at Home Ambassadors were thrilled to be invited to Serenity Farm Virginia and we are excited to certify the property as Wildlife Sanctuary. Thank you Jo for all you do for critters, large and small.

06/12/2021

Moths run the night shift. They need our appreciation and care too. Listen to the video or just 30 seconds and see what you can do to help.

Despite soaring temperatures, over 100 people attended the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Annual Meeting!  Many thanks to ...
06/11/2021

Despite soaring temperatures, over 100 people attended the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Annual Meeting! Many thanks to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center for educating us about a few Virginia wildlife species and congratulations to the award winners!

06/10/2021

Your input is needed to guide the review process of Loudoun County’s Linear Parks and Trails, aka Emerald Ribbons, Framework Plan to help ensure recommendations reflect community needs. Please respond by June 15.

Survey #3 for general guidance from all residents: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HBN8WBM

Survey #4 for residents of HOAs: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/52JT2C8

Milkweed Sale on June 26: Pre-Order Online. Plants available for pick-up only - no delivery.  Here is the link to order ...
06/10/2021

Milkweed Sale on June 26: Pre-Order Online. Plants available for pick-up only - no delivery. Here is the link to order https://loudounwildlife.org/2021/05/milkweed-sale-june-26-order-online/
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Help bring back the Monarchs by buying milkweed at this sale on Saturday, June 26 from 10 am to 1 pm at Northwest Federal Credit Union’s Leesburg branch. It’s a great opportunity to buy the only plant on which Monarchs will lay their eggs. We will have four types of milkweed available: Common, Swamp, Whorled, and Butterfly W**d.
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Due to Covid-19, we will be offering pre-sale orders via our online shop in addition to onsite purchases. The event will be drive-thru only to minimize contact and expedite the process, so pre-ordering is encouraged.

Milkweed Sale on June 26: Pre-Order Online. Plants available for pick-up only - no delivery. Here is the link to order https://loudounwildlife.org/2021/05/milkweed-sale-june-26-order-online/
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Help bring back the Monarchs by buying milkweed at this sale on Saturday, June 26 from 10 am to 1 pm at Northwest Federal Credit Union’s Leesburg branch. It’s a great opportunity to buy the only plant on which Monarchs will lay their eggs. We will have four types of milkweed available: Common, Swamp, Whorled, and Butterfly W**d.
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Due to Covid-19, we will be offering pre-sale orders via our online shop in addition to onsite purchases. The event will be drive-thru only to minimize contact and expedite the process, so pre-ordering is encouraged.

Sick birds are still being admitted with an undiagnosed illness. You can read the latest update from Blue Ridge Wildlife...
06/09/2021

Sick birds are still being admitted with an undiagnosed illness. You can read the latest update from Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDWR/photos/a.10152366095751498/10157809024171498/

In late May, wildlife managers in Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia began receiving reports of sick and dying birds with eye swelling and crusty discharge, as well as neurological signs. No definitive cause of death is identified at this time.

The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, and National Park Service are continuing to work with diagnostic laboratories to investigate the cause of mortality. Those laboratories include the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, the University of Georgia Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, and the University of Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program.

Birds congregating at feeders and baths can transmit disease to one another. Therefore, the state and District agencies recommend that the public in the outbreak area:
• Cease feeding birds until this wildlife mortality event has concluded;
• Clean feeders and bird baths with a 10% bleach solution;
• Avoid handling birds, but wear disposable gloves if handling is necessary; and
• Keep pets away from sick or dead birds as a standard precaution.
If you encounter sick or dead birds in Virginia, please submit an event report at dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/diseases/bird-mortality-reporting-form/. If you must remove dead birds, place them in a sealable plastic bag to dispose with household trash. Additional information will be shared as diagnostic results are received. #protectthewild
📷 Belinda Burwell, DVM

Here's a neat study that indicates that semi-natural areas alongside crops not only provide benefits to pollinators, and...
06/09/2021
Field Borders Provide Winter Refuge for Beneficial Predators and Parasitoids

Here's a neat study that indicates that semi-natural areas alongside crops not only provide benefits to pollinators, and crop pollination, but they also aide crop production by providing homes for beneficial predator insects which helps control pest insect populations.

This is another great example of the importance, and benefits, of creating habitat for pollinators.

A study on organic farms finds semi-natural field borders provide important winter habitat for arthropods that like to eat or parasitize crop pests.

Audubon at Home Ambassadors first visited Jenny in 2019 and were invited back again this Spring. What a transformation s...
06/08/2021

Audubon at Home Ambassadors first visited Jenny in 2019 and were invited back again this Spring. What a transformation she has made to the yard of her Sterling property in such a short time. Huge non-native Honeysuckle vines and Butterflybushes are gone, replaced by Trumpet Vine - wisely planted in pots - and a lush bed of pollinator favorites. She is still working on reducing invasives and installing wildlife-beneficial native plants and also has plans to reduce the amount of lawn grass. Congratulations, Jenny, on certification as Wildlife Sanctuary and thank you for all your hard work to support birds and other wildlife in Loudoun!

Audubon at Home Ambassadors first visited Jenny in 2019 and were invited back again this Spring. What a transformation she has made to the yard of her Sterling property in such a short time. Huge non-native Honeysuckle vines and Butterflybushes are gone, replaced by Trumpet Vine - wisely planted in pots - and a lush bed of pollinator favorites. She is still working on reducing invasives and installing wildlife-beneficial native plants and also has plans to reduce the amount of lawn grass. Congratulations, Jenny, on certification as Wildlife Sanctuary and thank you for all your hard work to support birds and other wildlife in Loudoun!

The June Volunteer Spotlight is on Cindy Vough – Bluebird Trail Leader and Monitor, and Quilter Extraordinaire.  .See th...
06/04/2021
Volunteer Spotlight: Cindy Vough - Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

The June Volunteer Spotlight is on Cindy Vough – Bluebird Trail Leader and Monitor, and Quilter Extraordinaire.
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See this article to learn more about Cindy. It also includes the link to see a photograph of her Bluebirds Art Quilt and to purchase raffle tickets for your chance to win her beautiful work of art.
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Many thanks to Cindy, and to all our volunteers, for sharing your time, talent, energy, and knowledge with Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy!

How long have you volunteered with Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (LWC) and how did you hear about us? Cindy is new

Our Annual Meeting is in 3 days! Come join us in the great outdoors at Morven Park at 3:00 pm.This event will feature li...
06/03/2021

Our Annual Meeting is in 3 days! Come join us in the great outdoors at Morven Park at 3:00 pm.

This event will feature live wildlife ambassadors, including a few Cicadas, live music from The Belugas, a short business meeting, awards ceremony, and an exciting keynote speaker from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

Sign up here - https://loudounwildlife.org/event/annual-meeting-2021/

Our Annual Meeting is in 3 days! Come join us in the great outdoors at Morven Park at 3:00 pm.

This event will feature live wildlife ambassadors, including a few Cicadas, live music from The Belugas, a short business meeting, awards ceremony, and an exciting keynote speaker from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

Sign up here - https://loudounwildlife.org/event/annual-meeting-2021/

We are proud and excited to protect and preserve the unique vernal pool habitat at JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary. We l...
06/03/2021
The Birth of a Salamander

We are proud and excited to protect and preserve the unique vernal pool habitat at JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary. We look forward to creating additional wetlands on the property with The Nature Conservancy.

Vernal pools are a critical component of the ecosystem, and we have identified 6 of the 7 vernal pool obligate species in Virginia at JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary.

Each year thousands of salamanders crawl out of forest ponds fully formed. Go under the surface of those ponds with this vernal pool photography.

How much do you know about our Macro of the Month - the Crane Fly? #benthicmacros  #citizenscience
06/02/2021

How much do you know about our Macro of the Month - the Crane Fly? #benthicmacros #citizenscience

How much do you know about our Macro of the Month - the Crane Fly? #benthicmacros #citizenscience

Can you guess our Macro of the Month? #benthicmacros #citizenscience
06/01/2021

Can you guess our Macro of the Month? #benthicmacros #citizenscience

Can you guess our Macro of the Month? #benthicmacros #citizenscience

A close up photo of one of the Bluebirds on the quilt we are raffling.  .There are only a few days left to buy raffle ti...
06/01/2021

A close up photo of one of the Bluebirds on the quilt we are raffling.
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There are only a few days left to buy raffle tickets for your chance to win a beautiful Bluebird Art Quilt. Here is the link to purchase tickets https://checkout.square.site/buy/W3LXJEJGHRG4KYBZ43ERNYZ5
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Artist Cindy Vough is a Loudoun Wildlife Bluebird Nest Box Trail Leader. Here is what she said about the techniques she used to make this quilt:

"In the bluebird quilt I used a number of techniques, the background is hand dyed, the wire on the fence is couched yarn and the ferns are commercial silk with the plastic stems removed then appliqued to the piece. The birds were painted on a non-woven fabric then densely thread painted by going over each area of color with matching thread thousands of times, sometimes with zig zag and sometimes straight stitches. This thread painting technique requires several layers of thread usually blending the colors, I normally start with the lighter colors and then move into darker ones".
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Many thanks to Cindy for donating this beautiful work of art to us for the raffle.
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Tickets on sale through midnight June 5 and the drawing will be held on June 6 at our Annual Meeting. You do not need to be present to win.

A close up photo of one of the Bluebirds on the quilt we are raffling.
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There are only a few days left to buy raffle tickets for your chance to win a beautiful Bluebird Art Quilt. Here is the link to purchase tickets https://checkout.square.site/buy/W3LXJEJGHRG4KYBZ43ERNYZ5
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Artist Cindy Vough is a Loudoun Wildlife Bluebird Nest Box Trail Leader. Here is what she said about the techniques she used to make this quilt:

"In the bluebird quilt I used a number of techniques, the background is hand dyed, the wire on the fence is couched yarn and the ferns are commercial silk with the plastic stems removed then appliqued to the piece. The birds were painted on a non-woven fabric then densely thread painted by going over each area of color with matching thread thousands of times, sometimes with zig zag and sometimes straight stitches. This thread painting technique requires several layers of thread usually blending the colors, I normally start with the lighter colors and then move into darker ones".
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Many thanks to Cindy for donating this beautiful work of art to us for the raffle.
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Tickets on sale through midnight June 5 and the drawing will be held on June 6 at our Annual Meeting. You do not need to be present to win.

Visit our local native plant nurseries to purchase this beautiful border plant. It's also a host plant for many moths.
05/31/2021

Visit our local native plant nurseries to purchase this beautiful border plant. It's also a host plant for many moths.

Here is an interesting article that describes the study of a successful native plant pollinator habitat on a solar array...
05/31/2021
Solar farms can create crucial pollinator habitat

Here is an interesting article that describes the study of a successful native plant pollinator habitat on a solar array project in Oregon.

Researchers found that shade from solar panels increased floral abundance and delayed blooming—a win for pollinators

Need Snake ID help? Keep this phone number (804-617-7086) handy to text a picture to the Virginia Wildlife Management an...
05/29/2021

Need Snake ID help? Keep this phone number (804-617-7086) handy to text a picture to the Virginia Wildlife Management and Control's Snake Hotline.

Encounter a snake outside? Find out what kind of snake it is and if it poses a threat by texting a photo to Virginia Wildlife Management and Control's Snake Hotline at 804-617-7086.

Pussytoes (Antennaria spp.) is another of the American Painted Lady host plants.  Pussytoes are a terrific low-growing n...
05/28/2021

Pussytoes (Antennaria spp.) is another of the American Painted Lady host plants. Pussytoes are a terrific low-growing native groundcover that grows in full sun. You can see the list of their 5 host plants here - https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/Wildlife/8167

The health benefits of expressive writing (recording thoughts and feelings) while moving through natural surroundings is...
05/27/2021

The health benefits of expressive writing (recording thoughts and feelings) while moving through natural surroundings is supported by scientific studies.

Whether documenting in scientific detail, creating a narrative, writing a poem, making a list or conjuring metaphors, Nature Journaling participants renewed their relationship to nature during a recent program. https://loudounwildlife.org/2021/05/nature-journaling-renews/
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Loudoun Wildlife plans to offer monthly Writing in Nature Programs starting this fall. Stayed tuned in the coming months for more details!
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Photo by Linda Burton

The health benefits of expressive writing (recording thoughts and feelings) while moving through natural surroundings is supported by scientific studies.

Whether documenting in scientific detail, creating a narrative, writing a poem, making a list or conjuring metaphors, Nature Journaling participants renewed their relationship to nature during a recent program. https://loudounwildlife.org/2021/05/nature-journaling-renews/
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Loudoun Wildlife plans to offer monthly Writing in Nature Programs starting this fall. Stayed tuned in the coming months for more details!
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Photo by Linda Burton

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P.O. Box 1892
Leesburg, VA
20177

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 777-2575

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Naturalist speaker programs, field trips and nature walks such as bird walks and butterfly walks, citizen science volunteer opportunities such as amphibian monitoring, stream monitoring, bluebird nestbox monitoring, bird counts and butterfly counts, habitat restoration projects, and conservation advocacy. We also offer all sorts of free publications. Our programs and events are family friendly and most are free.

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Saw these by the pond today.
More great news. Hopefully this is true and not "greenwashing" . I haven't had the time to research & verify.
Good news is always shareable!
I need some advice. A pair of Hawks have decided to start building a nest in a tree right next to our house just outside Waterford. We have enjoyed watching and filming them (see still photo below). We wonder if it would be unkind to let them complete the nest knowing that our actions (e.g. mowing the lawn) may frighten them off later? What should we do?
So what you are looking at is what is left of several hundred acres of trees from a construction site in Loudoun, possibly a new data center. You can see another in the background in one of photos. So when is enough,enough.We are supposed to driving battery propelled cars but these things can consume huge amounts of electricity requiring so much they have their own transmission lines an transformer stations. In 100 years the only data they will be collecting is the out of control global temperatures as water supplies dry and crops fail. We can't say we weren't warned
A great day hiking the Greenway Wetlands. Here were a few of my shots.
Anyone else seeing this? Three cardinals with what looks like mycoplasma. When I read about this on the Cornell web site, it didn't mention cardinals. I've removed feeders, and wondering what to do with seed on the ground. Spread it around or shovel it up and throw it away? It breaks my heart. I'll keep the feeders in the garage for several weeks and then see what happens.
💔FRIENDS OF LOUDOUN COUNTY VA, LET'S SAVE WHAT IS LEFT FROM GOOSE CREEK. Please share the hashtag #SaveGooseCreek, and copy the petition link: ➡️ http://chng.it/W9Bv4fsXfW Use your facebook wall, instagram, twitter, etc. Write the hashtag on your cars (you can use chalk marker). A COMMUNITY UNITED RAISING THEIR VOICES IS STRONG. And remember, please sign and share the petition. Thank you! 🙏🌎
Is this the best time to mow fields?
Barred Owl in our neighborhood park by Goose creek
Anyone know what these are? Spotted today over Morven. Also, a Kestrel I saw snag some lunch.
Dark-eyed Junco from my backyard.