Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Annual Meeting
Join us Sunday, June 2, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Ida Lee in Leesburg. This is our 24thAnnual Meeting and we have a lot to share!
Every year our Annual Meeting gives both members and anyone who is curious an opportunity to find out what the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has accomplished during the past year and what is planned for the upcoming year. The annual meeting also includes light refreshments; award presentations to science fair winners, Roger Tory Peterson Young Naturalists, and the Volunteer of the Year; and a short business meeting.
A major feature of the Annual Meeting is a program on a natural history topic of wide interest. This year’s speaker is one of our area’s premier local naturalists, environmental educator, and highly entertaining storyteller and Capital Naturalist, Alonso Abugattas.
If you’re not yet a member or need to renew, please do here! We really need you as a current member.
On Insects and Our Natural World — presented by the Capital Naturalist, Alonso Abugattas
Alonso Abugattas, a well-known local naturalist, environmental educator, and storyteller in the Washington, DC area, will discuss the fascinating world of insects and their importance in our everyday lives. While many scientists are documenting a dramatic decrease in insects, and especially in those we depend on such as pollinators, others believe it is just another example of environmental doomsday thinking. We know that many invertebrate species, such as Monarchs, the beautiful Saturniid moths, and the many pollinators that we depend on, are much less common than they once were, but can we make some generalizations? There are many things we can do as we learn about their life cycles and the important role they play, as well as the role we can play in their conservation, including in our yards.
Alonso is the Natural Resources Manager for Arlington County Parks and the Co-Chair for the Beltway Chapter of Region 2 of the National Association for Interpretation, the professional association for naturalists, historians, and docents. He was awarded their Regional Outstanding Interpretive Manager Award in 2018 and the national Master Interpretive Manager in 2018. He has been trained as a Master Gardener, was made an honorary Virginia Master Naturalist for his role in starting two chapters, and serves as an instructor for both. He is a co-founder of the Washington Area Butterfly Club and has held several offices (including president) for the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. He invites you to check out his various social media outlets: the Capital Naturalist Facebook group, Capital Naturalist YouTube channel, Capital Naturalist blog on Blogspot, and @CapNaturalist on Twitter.
Big News: With help from Chuck Kuhn of JK Moving, Loudoun Wildlife is buying its first wildlife sanctuary, JK’s Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary!
Our first full-time Executive Director is wrapping up his first year with us – if you haven’t already met Michael Myers, this is a great opportunity to do so.
Big Celebrations: Awards
Loudoun Wildlife loves its volunteers and we plan to celebrate them! These will include several Volunteer of the Year awards, LCPS Regional Science Fair winners, and Roger Tory Peterson Young Naturalists awards, as well as a BIG gift from the Dulles Greenway’s 14thannual Drive for Charity fundraiser!
Click here to RSVP (so we can feed you!)
Click here to VOLUNTEER at the event(because we always need a helping hand)
We look forward to celebrating with you at our Annual Meeting Celebration!