Izaak Walton League of America Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter

Izaak Walton League of America Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter Defenders of Soil, Air, Woods, Waters and Wildlife. [email protected]
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The weather this weekend is absolutely GORGEOUS!  A perfect weekend for hiking the Chapter’s trails with furry friends.
05/31/2020

The weather this weekend is absolutely GORGEOUS! A perfect weekend for hiking the Chapter’s trails with furry friends.

A helpful guide if you encounter a snake while exploring the property 🐍
05/21/2020

A helpful guide if you encounter a snake while exploring the property 🐍

Warming temperatures mean that snakes are going to be out and about. No need to be afraid, just be aware and learn how to identify them. Snakes are an important part of our ecosystem and all snakes in Maryland are protected.

There are 27 species and subspecies of snakes in Maryland. Only two are venomous - the timber rattlesnake and the copperhead.

We have a great photo guide to help you identify the snakes you may see while you're out exploring. Check it out!

https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Documents/Common-Snakes-of-Maryland-Photo-Guide.pdf

Photo of garter snake by Kerry Wixted.

05/18/2020
A Walk in the West Woods

Happy Monday! Didn't make it out to the farm this weekend? That's okay, check out this video of a walk in the West Woods!

04/23/2020

UPDATE: After considering more recent statements by the Department of Natural Resources and some other information gathered by Board members and some Committee chairs, the Board determined that turkey hunting on the Farm may proceed, if conducted pursuant to Department of Natural Resources regulations and published guidance.

http://bcciwla.org/2020/04/statement-by-pres-seaman-on-farm-activities/

04/19/2020

UPDATE:

Based on the Board's and some Committee Chairs' extensive discussions about the Governor's Executive "Stay Home" Orders, the definition of "Essential Activities" in the Order and other guidance, the Board has determined that members can access the Farm, for the purposes of the "Essential Activities" described by the Governor's Executive Order. The facilities, including the Chapterhouse, the ranges, and the portable restrooms remain closed.

Currently, turkey hunting is excluded / not permitted at the Farm.

A more detailed statement about access and the Board's determination is
available on the Chapter website.

Enjoy the Farm, stick to the social distancing protocols, and stay
healthy.

- The B-CC IWLA Board of Governors

Hi everyone, we are continuing to update on our status at this page: http://bcciwla.org/2020/04/statement-by-pres-seaman...
04/05/2020
Statement by Board of Governors Regarding Chapter Farm Closure – Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the IWLA

Hi everyone, we are continuing to update on our status at this page: http://bcciwla.org/2020/04/statement-by-pres-seaman-on-farm-activities/

05 Apr Statement by Board of Governors Regarding Chapter Farm Closure 0 CommentJeffrey SeamanActivities, Archery Range, Campground, Chapter House, Conservation, Events, Facilities & Grounds, Farm Cabin, Forestry, Gardens, Hunting, Membership, Our Chapter, Ponds & Streams, Ranges, Rifle/Pistol Range,...

03/24/2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

The Farm is closed pursuant to Governor Hogan's Executive Order, closing all "businesses, organizations, establishments and facilities that are not part of the critical infrastructure sectors" identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Please check your email, our website and Facebook for updates. We look forward to seeing you all at the farm very soon.

03/21/2020

Every one of the chapter's 1,000 members could stand within the borders of our conservation farm ... without coming within 150ft. of each other

Let's be careful what we touch, wash our hands, and "socially distance" ourselves in the great outdoors

Tomorrow is going to be sunny & breezy in the low 50s

03/14/2020

ATTENTION MEMBERS AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS:

The monthly membership dinner on Wednesday 3/18 has been CANCELLED due to the Board's concern over the COVID-19 outbreak. An already-designated few will hold a brief meeting to maintain the consecutive meeting record.

Let's all do our part to prevent the spread of this virus. We will plan to see you all next month at the April Dinner Meeting!

Please remember that the Chapter is still open for the outdoor enjoyment of all members!

My apologies for the bargain-basement-priced model. Our experiments with embroidered chapter shirts are producing excell...
03/12/2020

My apologies for the bargain-basement-priced model. Our experiments with embroidered chapter shirts are producing excellent results

This is a cotton-poly blend golf shirt

02/27/2020

Spring - and the return of 3-D archery - is just around the corner. In the meantime, come brush up on your skills this weekend on the static range!

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
02/23/2020

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

CALLING ALL COOKS: We are putting the call out to all Marylanders to submit recipes for possible inclusion in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources cookbook.

Submissions must include a list of required ingredients and amounts, specific preparation and cooking instructions, and feature a species found in Maryland.

Recipes including invasives and/or family anecdotes/history behind the recipe will be given top priority.

Send your recipes to: [email protected]

A maximum of 5 recipes per person can be submitted for review. The EXTENDED deadline for submitting recipes is: 3/31/20.

The B-CC IWLA Chapter recognizes the value of solar power in reducing reliance on fossil fuels, but the broader principl...
02/21/2020
Statement on Solar Panel Zoning Amendment – Bethesda Chevy Chase Chapter of the IWLA

The B-CC IWLA Chapter recognizes the value of solar power in reducing reliance on fossil fuels, but the broader principles of conservation counsel against placement of large solar arrays in the Agricultural Reserve. More thought must be given to the impact to the conservation, the agriculture, and the food security that any proposed solar sites represent today

21 Feb Statement on Solar Panel Zoning Amendment 0 CommentJeffrey SeamanConservation, Our Chapter This Chapter recognizes the value of solar power in reducing reliance on fossil fuels, but the broader principles of conservation counsel against placement of large solar arrays in the Agricultural Rese...

Check out our latest article about this spring's Hybrid Chestnut Seed Planting! We are partnering with the Maryland chap...
02/20/2020
Spring 2020 Hybrid Chestnut Seed Planting – Bethesda Chevy Chase Chapter of the IWLA

Check out our latest article about this spring's Hybrid Chestnut Seed Planting! We are partnering with the Maryland chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation to help breed blight-resistant American Chestnuts for reintroduction to their original range in the eastern hardwood forest.

19 Feb Spring 2020 Hybrid Chestnut Seed Planting 0 CommentJoe TrotterFacilities & Grounds, Forestry, Gardens, Our Chapter Blaine Elkins [email protected] On Saturday, March 21, the chapter will partner with the Maryland chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation to plant seeds from select mo...

Even in the midst of winter, our cover crops are keeping the soil healthy!
02/03/2020

Even in the midst of winter, our cover crops are keeping the soil healthy!

Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service
01/12/2020

Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service

Happy BEAR-day!

Black bears are now giving birth in Maryland. Newborn cubs generally weigh less than a pound and are about nine inches long. Cubs are born blind and have sparse hair on their bodies. Sows give birth to 1-4 cubs at a time, but one Maryland den had five cubs several years ago!

The young grow quickly as the sow's milk is rich in fat. In fact, black bear milk has a 20-25% fat content, on average, compared to human and cow milk, which is around 3-5% fat. At around two months of age, black bear cubs can upwards of five pounds.

https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/plants_wildlife/black-bear.aspx

The calm before yesterday’s snow ❄️
01/08/2020

The calm before yesterday’s snow ❄️

Include in your 2020 New Year's resolutions to read the seventh-most published book in the English language !!!
01/01/2020

Include in your 2020 New Year's resolutions to read the seventh-most published book in the English language !!!

We wish our chapter members and fellow members of the DC-MD-VA-WV-PA-DE community a Happy Kwanzaa !!!
12/26/2019

We wish our chapter members and fellow members of the DC-MD-VA-WV-PA-DE community a Happy Kwanzaa !!!

Merry Christmas to our members and to our neighbors in the community!Stay warm. Stay fed. Enjoy time with those who love...
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas to our members and to our neighbors in the community!

Stay warm. Stay fed. Enjoy time with those who love you ...

Happy Hanukkah to our Members and our Community!
12/23/2019

Happy Hanukkah to our Members and our Community!

Outdoor sports aren't for everyone 😎
12/20/2019

Outdoor sports aren't for everyone 😎

Start a Team - Maryland State High School Clay Target League
11/28/2019
Start a Team - Maryland State High School Clay Target League

Start a Team - Maryland State High School Clay Target League

It’s fun for everyone… The purpose of the Maryland State High School Clay Target League is to attract students to participate in shooting sports while creating  friendly competition among high schools throughout Maryland! With the assistance of hundreds of volunteer coaches and parents, studen...

Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service
11/27/2019

Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service

As we get closer to Thanksgiving and knee deep in the holiday season, people seem interested in learning more about wild turkeys.

Well, wonder no longer! We have lots of information to share about the eastern wild turkey. We have education trunks you can borrow, fact sheets you can print, web pages you can peruse and even instructions to make your own turkey call.

So go ahead and "gobble" up all these fun facts about eastern wild turkeys and have a happy Thanksgiving.

https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Documents/All-About-the-WildTurkey.pdf

Male wild turkeys (left) have more colorful plumage than females (right).

Male turkey photo by Tim Lumley, Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. and Female photo by David Kazak.

11/15/2019

Didn't have time to grab a camera, but there was a robust turkey hen playing chicken with my Jeep on West Willard Road today!

Enjoying learning to make fire by rubbing two pieces of wood together in the chapter campground
10/05/2019

Enjoying learning to make fire by rubbing two pieces of wood together in the chapter campground

Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service
09/22/2019

Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service

When should you take your hummingbird feeders down?

A common myth says that if you leave your feeders up too long then hummingbirds will fail to migrate. This is simply not true. Hummingbirds migrate due to environmental cues. Every so often, some will overwinter in Maryland, but these birds were either were blown off course or are inexperienced youngsters.

After October 1st, if you don't see any signs of hummingbirds visiting for two weeks, it is usually safe to take down your feeders.

Photo by Terry Taylor

Even better than Mossy Oak
09/21/2019

Even better than Mossy Oak

OWL CAMOUFLAGE

Photo by AR Photography.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service
09/12/2019

Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service

Have you seen any woolly bears? We mean the caterpillars, not the mammals.

The banded woolly bear, also known as the woolly worm caterpillar, is one of the “signs of nature” to watch to foretell the winter weather to come. According to the Farmer's Almanac (and folklore), if the caterpillar’s orange band is narrow, the winter will be snowy; conversely, a wide band means a mild winter.

If you want to learn more about woolly bears or the Isabella tiger moth, which is what they eventually become, visit the Farmers Almanac web page for some interesting tidbits on these fuzzy creatures and see if you can predict what winter will be like in your area.

https://www.farmersalmanac.com/woolly-bear-caterpillar-facts-28792

Photo courtesy of Huntspot.com

Red Spotted Purple butterfly enjoying some fresh tomato juice on the farm
09/01/2019

Red Spotted Purple butterfly enjoying some fresh tomato juice on the farm

Address

20601 Izaak Walton Way
Poolesville, MD
20837

Opening Hours

Monday 05:30 - 23:30
Tuesday 05:30 - 23:30
Wednesday 05:30 - 23:30
Thursday 05:30 - 23:30
Friday 05:30 - 23:30
Saturday 05:30 - 23:30
Sunday 05:30 - 23:30

Telephone

(301) 972-8913

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The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter was chartered on October 23, 1935 by the Izaak Walton League of America. The initial membership of 15 has grown to over 1,000, making it one of the largest and most active of the IWLA’s 300 plus chapters. Some of the current members of the B-CC Chapter are the third generation of their families to belong

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