|News and Highlights
- NEW! Google Map of Monarch Butterfly Releases. People across Loudoun (and beyond) are finding Monarch caterpillars in their gardens, raising them, and releasing them. Check out the reports here on our google map. If you have releases to report, use our form and share the good news!
- Fall Native Plant Sale Coming up. Fall is a terrific time to plant your garden - the plans focus on building their root networks and getting all settled into the ground so that by next spring they are coming up strong with fresh gorgeous vegetation! Stop by our Fall Native Plant Sale at Morven Park on September 14th. Full details are here.
- Help Bring Back the Monarch! Monarchs are coming through our area now! Learn more about what you can do to help Monarchs and other pollinators by creating a Monarch Waystation. It's also a lot of fun to raise and release them through the summer!
- Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary Program: Certify your home with us as a wildlife sanctuary! All the steps and certification guidelines are here and we can even help by sending an Audubon Ambassador to your home for consultation.
Summary of Upcoming Events
- Let’s Count Butterflies! ― Saturday, August 2, 9:00 a.m. [rain date, Sunday August 3rd]
- Youth Adventure Day at Banshee Reeks — Wednesday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- The Magic of Monarchs — Wednesday, August 6, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Cascades Library.
- Birding Banshee — Saturday, August 9, 8:00 a.m.
- Milkweed Plant Sale — Saturday, August 9, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Monarch Rearing Class — Saturday, August 9, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Celebrate Butterfly Month at 868 Estate Vineyards ― Sunday, August 10.
- Visit Us at the Lucketts Fair ― Saturday and Sunday, August 16 – 17, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Birding the Blue Ridge Center — Saturday, August 23, 8:00 a.m.
- Milkweed Seed Pod Collection — Saturday, August 23, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Plant Communities —Wednesday, August 27, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- A Hummingbird Evening — Friday, August 29.
|Special Thanks to the Dulles Greenway for their generous donation from their annual "Drive for Charity"
Eastern Tiger Swallowtails nectaring on Joe Pye Weed.
Photo by Nicole Hamilton.
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- Rachel Carson
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