Spring Ephemerals Are Blooming Now. Enjoy Them Before They’re Gone!

Text and photos by Caroline Haynes. In this time of “physical distancing,” while on a solitary walk in a natural area or in your own native plant garden, keep an eye out for some of Virginia’s beautiful spring ephemerals. Ephemerals bloom for a fairly short time early in the spring and take advantage of theContinue reading “Spring Ephemerals Are Blooming Now. Enjoy Them Before They’re Gone!”

When Nature Takes Charge and We Get Teachable Moments

By Steve Young Sparrow Pond is an artificial wetland and stormwater remediation complex along the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail between Route 50 and Columbia Pike in Arlington. Built circa 2000-2001, the pond has been very successful in capturing sediment that otherwise would have flowed into Four Mile Run, then the Potomac River, andContinue reading “When Nature Takes Charge and We Get Teachable Moments”

Deep Dive Recap: Dabbling and Diving Ducks

Text by Kristin Bartschi. Photos by George Sutherland. Ducks. They’re cute, they paddle around in parks. Some ducks are so commonplace that we don’t really think twice about them (i.e. the quintessential mallard). But, as with all animals, there is a lot to learn and every duck has a unique story.  Recently, I decided toContinue reading “Deep Dive Recap: Dabbling and Diving Ducks”

ARMN: Getting to Know Paul Gibson

by Alison Sheahan Paul Gibson has been a stalwart volunteer ever since joining the ARMN program in Spring 2013, especially in the areas of citizen science. I was able to interview him online and then finally got to meet him at the ARMN Annual Chapter meeting in December 2019. Here are some fascinating things IContinue reading “ARMN: Getting to Know Paul Gibson”

Status of Salt Management Strategy (SaMS) to Address Excessive Use of Road Salt

by Kasha Helget Winter is here! And with the season comes snow, ice, and salt trucks on our roadways. Last month, Sarah Sivers from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) gave an update on the program to study winter salt use and how to reduce its unintended impacts and maintain public safety. This program,Continue reading “Status of Salt Management Strategy (SaMS) to Address Excessive Use of Road Salt”

Virginia State Symbol: The Northern Cardinal

Text and Photos by Ames Bowman With its distinct red feathers, or plumage, its deep orange beak, and a crest that resembles a well-groomed mohawk, the presence of the Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) in Northern Virginia is unmistakable. The Northern Cardinal is Virginia’s state bird. I tagged along with part-time Arlington County Park Naturalist YolandaContinue reading “Virginia State Symbol: The Northern Cardinal”

Sky Dancer: The American Woodcock

Sky Dancer: The American Woodcock Text and photo by Ames Bowman Chances are you have heard the familiar “peent” call of the male American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) if you have ever ventured near a meadow at the edge of the forest on a spring or summer evening. From early March until early May, Huntley MeadowsContinue reading “Sky Dancer: The American Woodcock”

Bringing Back Wild Bees, Wild Flowers, and Wildlife to Local Backyards

Text and photos by Gigi Charters, unless otherwise noted Last month, I had the opportunity to listen to USGS Wildlife Researcher, Sam Droege, and Arlington County Parks and Recreation Natural Resource Manager, Alonso Abugattas, in the exciting event, “Morph Your Yard into a Bee Grocery Store—Not a Bee Fast Food Joint! Building Homes and HabitatContinue reading “Bringing Back Wild Bees, Wild Flowers, and Wildlife to Local Backyards”

ARMN: Getting to Know Peter Hansen

By Bill Browning and Peter Hansen Peter Hansen is a recent graduate of the ARMN training class (Fall 2017). He became a Certified Master Naturalist the first year he was eligible and will receive this certificate at our upcoming March chapter meeting. I was able to sit down with Peter for conversation over a cupContinue reading “ARMN: Getting to Know Peter Hansen”

ARMN Celebrates 10 Years Serving Community and Launches Facebook Page

by Kasha Helget The Arlington Regional Master Naturalists have reached a major milestone and expands its public outreach to the community in new ways. Ten Years of Service, Growth, and Outreach The Arlington Regional Master Naturalists group just finished its 10th year as a Virginia Master Naturalist chapter, and over 70 members celebrated the milestoneContinue reading “ARMN Celebrates 10 Years Serving Community and Launches Facebook Page”

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