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“But while the earth has slumbered, all the air has been alive with feathery flakes descending.”

- Henry David Thoreau


December 2016
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Morven Park Nature Walk, 8am

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Birding Banshee, 8am

Christmas Bird Count Primer: Beginner Birding for Youth & Families, 9am

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Central Loudoun Christmas Bird Count
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Program and Event Descriptions:

Morven Park Nature Walk — Sunday, December 4, 8:00 a.m. Spend a few hours with Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy on this free family nature walk.  We will see how the progressing season is affecting the native woodlands, wetlands, birds and other wildlife. If you own binoculars, please bring them. Meet at the main parking lot (GPS location: 17263 Southern Planter Lane) Registration required: Sign Up Online. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.

Birding Banshee ― Saturday, December 10, 8:00 a.m. Brush up on your birding skills on this monthly walk with Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve south of Leesburg. You'll see a good variety of birds at this birding hot spot, a great way to learn and get ready for the Christmas Bird Count! Bring binoculars if you have them. Questions: Contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.

Christmas Bird Count Primer: Beginner Birding for Youth & Families Saturday, December 10, 9:00 – 12:00 p.m., Claude Moore Park, Caretaker’s House.  Get acquainted with the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count with this special introduction to the citizen science event! Learn about the survey, which began in 1899, and is held every year across the country. Loudoun Wildlife has been coordinating our annual count since 1997! The goal of the count is to gather data that will help us better understand bird populations and trends. This primer will teach you about birds and birding while conducting an unofficial count. We will walk the trails at Claude Moore in as many as 3 groups, each led by experienced birders. Space is limited to 30 children, ages 7+, no infants, strollers, or pets. All youth under age 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Registration required: Sign Up Online. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.

Central Loudoun Christmas Bird Count Wednesday, December 28. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy as we participate in National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Begun in 1899, these surveys are held all over North America, with the results used to better understand bird populations and dynamics. Our count circle has a 15-mile diameter and covers 177 square miles of Loudoun’s countryside: north to Waterford, south to Aldie, east to Ashburn, and west to Purcellville. Everyone is welcome; amateurs are teamed with experienced birders.  If you are interested in participating for just a couple of hours or for the entire day, sign up online or contact Joe Coleman at jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org or 540-554-2542