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When you have found a bird's nest, you have found him out. You have found the very center of his life, and his dearest secret. In the case of small, ground-nesting bird especially, the difference between secrecy and discovery is the difference between success and failure, life and death, continuance and oblivion...small wonder that birds hide their nests with every last evolved instinctual whit of cunning that they have.

- William Burt



A Great Place
The Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES) was founded in 2000 by the Robert and Dee Leggett Foundation. It is 895 acres of diverse habitat consisting of vernal pools, meadows, ponds, streams and wonderful forests. It serves as a wonderful sanctuary for Loudoun wildlife. There are also historic cabins and homesteads on the property in addition to a community farm.

The Blue Ridge Center has over 10 miles of well marked trails for birding, nature walks, photographing wildlife, and exploring archeological sites. After a nice walk, enjoy the bounty of vegetables from the working farm.

We always enjoy a diversity of birds on our Birding the Blue Ridge Center bird walks and see a wide variety of butterflies during our Annual Butterfly Count.

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy also maintains two very successful bluebird nestbox trails at the Blue Ridge Center.

You can read through field trip reports from our walks at the Blue Ridge Center on our blog.

The Blue Ridge Center is part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.

When to Visit
Hours: The Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship is open to the public

Facilities: There is a visitors center with rest rooms and cabins for camping Click Here for the Trail Map

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