Seeds of Hope: American Chestnut Replanting

by Catherine Howell As the late afternoon light began to fade and frigid air penetrated gloved hands, the last of the Arlington replanted American Chestnut trees (Castanea dentata) was patted into place on a slope in Glencarlyn Park on a gray day in mid-December, 2013. There, with some serious luck, it could grow into aContinue reading “Seeds of Hope: American Chestnut Replanting”

ARMN Member Home Is Showcase for Native Plants

Arlington Regional Master Naturalists who are engaged in the Audubon at Home Program found real inspiration in a visit to the home of member Kasha Helget.  The Audubon at Home certified property is beautifully landscaped almost completely with native plants in both formal and informal styles around the house.  The tour included a plant listContinue reading “ARMN Member Home Is Showcase for Native Plants”

Tuckahoe Park Habitat on the Mend…

by Mary McLean July 2013:  Dangerous Plants on the Run! You may have seen the warning signs “Don’t walk off the trail.” Plant specialist placed them to protect pets and people. Arlington County hired Invasive Plant Control (IPC) to help improve Tuckahoe’s habitat. IPC employees are specially licensed and trained. Only the most environmentally suitableContinue reading “Tuckahoe Park Habitat on the Mend…”

September Barcroft Park Habitat Restoration Work Party

by Marion Jordan NOTE THE NEW TIME – THIS IS AN AFTERNOON EVENT Join us on September 21 from 1 – 3 pm for the next Barcroft Park Habitat Restoration Work Party. We will join with Arlington for a Clean Environment (ACE) to help lead volunteers in cleaning up trash in the park. There areContinue reading “September Barcroft Park Habitat Restoration Work Party”

Take Back the W&OD Trail in Bon Air Park

A determined and energetic group of allies put their hearts, souls, and backs into transforming a tangled, rocky slope into a smooth bed ready for native plants on Saturday August 17th.  Their combined efforts transformed a large embankment alongside the W&OD Trail in Arlington where it runs past Bon Air Park.  Project coordinator Patrick Wegeng,Continue reading “Take Back the W&OD Trail in Bon Air Park”

ARMN Members Help Rebuild Grass Enclosure in Belmont Bay

By Kasha Helget In response to a request from the staff of Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), ARMN members Melissa Perez and Kasha Helget got their feet (legs, and knees) wet on Friday, May 10th to assist in the reconstruction of a celery grass enclosure on the Potomac River’s Belmont Bay at Mason Neck Park inContinue reading “ARMN Members Help Rebuild Grass Enclosure in Belmont Bay”

Potomac Overlook Park Native Shade Garden’s Second Spring

By Sue Dingwell The Potomac Overlook Park Native Shade Garden is growing up! ARMN members have been carefully tending this little niche, encouraging the natives, discouraging the weeds, and doing battle royale with the deer. This is the garden’s second spring. Volunteers were greeted on Tuesday, April 23 with colorful blooms and  vigorous green shootsContinue reading “Potomac Overlook Park Native Shade Garden’s Second Spring”

Homeowners save wildlife by creating a green network across Northern Virginia

By Leigh Pickering In the past month, seven local properties have joined the ranks of homeowners creating a green network for wildlife in Arlington and Alexandria. This critical work is intended to blunt the impact of habitat loss in our area by providing small sanctuaries desperately needed for the survival of wildlife in our increasinglyContinue reading “Homeowners save wildlife by creating a green network across Northern Virginia”

Woodfrogs at Potomac Overlook Regional Park

By Joanne Hutton If you had been out volunteering with Meet Me on a Sunday on this glorious afternoon, you too might have enjoyed the chorus of woodfrogs spawning at the pond and in vernal pools. Thanks to Sherry McDonald for the great shot and for throwing herself into the Master Naturalist enterprise with wholeContinue reading “Woodfrogs at Potomac Overlook Regional Park”

Seed Cleaning Begins

By Rodney Olsen On Monday, Feb. 4, master naturalists and sundry others gathered at Long Branch Nature Center for the first Earth Sangha seed cleaning of the winter season. Fourteen people in all enjoyed conversing while preparing Common milkweed, Deertongue grass, and Virginia wild rye seeds for spring planting. For those of you who wishContinue reading “Seed Cleaning Begins”