How to Control Mosquitoes Without Killing Pollinators and Other Important Wildlife

by Susan Gitlin, ARMN member Warm weather and mosquitoes will be here before you know it, leading many of us to look for ways to enjoy the outdoors without being pestered by those annoying little—and sometimes disease-bearing—biters. There is a lot of information being disseminated by health organizations about health risks to humans from mosquitoContinue reading “How to Control Mosquitoes Without Killing Pollinators and Other Important Wildlife”

Fall is a Great Time to Plant Trees and Perennials: Especially Natives!

by Kasha Helget An avid native-plant gardener, ARMN communications chair Kasha Helget points you toward native plants and plant sales for your fall gardening needs. Autumn is one of the best times to install plants. You may ask, “Why? We may be able to enjoy them only for a couple of months, and they may notContinue reading “Fall is a Great Time to Plant Trees and Perennials: Especially Natives!”

Application Period Now Open for ARMN Fall 2015 Training Class

Taking the ARMN basic training course changed my life. It opened up so many opportunities to meet great people, get outdoors, and educate the community about nature and its preservation.                                                  Continue reading “Application Period Now Open for ARMN Fall 2015 Training Class”

2015 Firefly Festival: Perfect Weather, Perfect Fun

by Caroline Haynes, ARMN volunteer ARMN volunteers were well represented at another successful Firefly Festival at Fort C.F. Smith in Arlington on Sunday evening, June 28. Unlike previous festivals that were sticky and hot, the previous day’s rain and cooler temperatures made for a perfectly delightful summer evening. Children of all ages improved their insect IDContinue reading “2015 Firefly Festival: Perfect Weather, Perfect Fun”

Bees of Singular Tastes and the Plants They Love

by Sherrie Burson and Brooke Alexander, ARMN Sam Droege, a scientist at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, entertained and educated ARMN volunteers and members of the public on May 11 in a talk at the Arlington Central Library. Droege works on the design and development of status and trends data for U.S. plants and animals. Currently,Continue reading “Bees of Singular Tastes and the Plants They Love”

ARMN Member Mary McLean Wins Bill Thomas Award

The Arlington Regional Master Naturalists proudly announce that on April 21, 2015, ARMN member Mary McLean was named a recipient of the Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Volunteer Award for her work in 2014. McLean is a steward at Tuckahoe Park in Arlington and her specialty is invasive plants. Since the early 2000s, she hasContinue reading “ARMN Member Mary McLean Wins Bill Thomas Award”

Second Graders Create Bird Habitat Outside Classroom Windows

By Christine Payack Bird Watching It was subtle at first. “I think I saw a bird!” I was sure I heard a child chirp, as he fluttered to the classroom windows. Do my eyes and ears deceive me? A flock of children swoop swiftly by. I blink as other fledglings fly toward the window panes,Continue reading “Second Graders Create Bird Habitat Outside Classroom Windows”

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