DC/Baltimore/N. VA “Cricket Crawl,” August 21st: A Fun Citizen Science Project for the Whole Family!

by Louis Harrell Every year, Discover Life invites citizen scientists of all levels to identify the calls of crickets and katydids in the District of Columbia, the Baltimore area, and Northern Virginia. This year’s annual “cricket crawl” will be on the evening of August 21, 2020, any time after 8:30 pm. It is a particularlyContinue reading “DC/Baltimore/N. VA “Cricket Crawl,” August 21st: A Fun Citizen Science Project for the Whole Family!”

Habitat Restoration Along the W&OD Trail in Falls Church: Sunday, March 30, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

by Jim Hurley Join our friends from the City of Falls Church on Sunday, March 30, 10 am-12 noon, as they begin work to restore the natural area along the W&OD Trail between Grove Ave. and N. Oak St., only a block from where the trail crosses the bridge over Broad St. There are large thickets ofContinue reading “Habitat Restoration Along the W&OD Trail in Falls Church: Sunday, March 30, 10:00 am–12:00 pm”

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”

HOG Pull, Saturday, November 2, 9-11am, Haley Park

HOG Pull, Saturday, November 2, 9-11 AM Meet at Haley Park, 2400 S. Meade St., Arlington, VA 22202 HOG Pull is a continuing project on the first Saturday of each month to reclaim the natural area between Haley Park, Oakridge Elementary School, Gunston Middle School from Invasive Plants. It is a RiP (Remove Invasive Plants)Continue reading “HOG Pull, Saturday, November 2, 9-11am, Haley Park”

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”

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”

“Grasses for the Masses” workshops

By Kasha Helget ARMN volunteers conducted two “Grasses for the Masses” workshops at the Fairlington Community Center in February, 2013 in a program sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for Virginia residents all over the state. During the workshops, a total of 35 individuals, families, and teachers received simple kits and instructions to grow underwaterContinue reading ““Grasses for the Masses” workshops”

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”