In the spring of 2020, the spread of COVID-19 meant that in-person programs and field trips posed too much of a risk for staff, volunteers and participants. However, that did not mean we could not enjoy and learn about nature in a virtual way. In-person programs returned in 2022, but some presentations continued to be given virtually. Below are links to recordings of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s virtual walks and programs in 2020 – 2022.
Advocacy 101: What is Advocacy? (Part 1)
Trinity Mills and Michael Myers discuss the importance of community engagement and Loudoun Wildlife’s conservation advocacy challenges and successes.
Advocacy 101: The Development Process (Part 2)
Trinity Mills and guest speaker Gem Bingol of the Piedmont Environmental Council cover the steps a development application goes through to get approved and the importance of advocacy during the development process.
Advocacy 101: The Zoning Ordinance Rewrite (Part 3)
Trinity Mills and Michael Myers are joined by guest speaker Maura Walsh-Copeland, the Zoning Ordinance Committee representative, to discuss the rewrite process.
Spotted Lanternfly: Almost Everything You Need To Know
Beth Sastre, Commercial Horticulturist from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Loudoun Office discusses how we can slow the spread of this invasive pest.
Planning a Garden with Native Plants
Julie Borneman’s first presentation in February 2022, a joint presentation of LWC and Loudoun County Public Libraries.
Strategies for Maintaining Native Plants in Your Yard
Julie Borneman’s second presentation in February 2022, a joint presentation of LWC and Loudoun County Public Libraries.
Bluebird Monitoring Kickoff for 2022
Kiley Gannaway tells us all about Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Bluebird Monitoring Program and its importance to our county.
Virginia Wildflowers of the Year
Forget the winter cold — sit back and watch Ami Mason show us a beautiful display of wildflowers throughout the seasons.
What to See in Winter
Jacob van Schilfgaarde takes us through using all our senses to experience the winter landscape.
Amphibian Monitoring Training 2022
Join Jenny Erickson, Amphibian Monitoring Coordinator, for this training session (required for participation in the Amphibian Monitoring Program).
The Spectacular Butterfly
Sit in with award-winning naturalist and storyteller Alonso Abugattas as he describes the diversity, habits, history and importance of local butterfly populations.
Masters of Mimicry and Deception in the Insect World
Dr. Clare Walker shares amazing facts about animals that pretend to be other animals in appearance, behavior, smell or sound.
Earth Day for HOAs
Jennifer Smirnoff shows us the transformation she has made in her yard over time and tells us how making small changes can have a big impact.
Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers of Loudoun County
Ami Mason, Audubon at Home Ambassador and self-described plant enthusiast, introduces the beautiful native plants that appear in the spring in Loudoun County.
How to Certify Your Property as an AAH Wildlife Sanctuary
Anne Owen, Audubon at Home Program Coordinator, describes how you can create a healthy habitat for wildlife on your own property.
Our Backyard Bats
Join Leslie Sturges of the Save Lucy Campaign to learn about the seven species of bats found in Loudoun County.
Wildlife Winter Adaptations for Survival
Jacob van Schilfgaarde, wildlife conservationist and Facility Supervisor at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, describes strategies that wildlife use to survive the harsh weather and how to determine their presence.
Bluebird Monitoring Program Kickoff
Whether you are new to Bluebird nestbox monitoring, or just need a refresher, this presentation will help you get up to speed.
Amphibian Monitoring Training
Jenny Erickson, Amphibian Monitoring Coordinator, provides an up-close look at frogs and toads along with monitoring protocols for volunteers.
Winter Planning for Your Garden
What better way to spend a cold winter day than planning your garden. Julie Borneman walks the audience through a variety of landscape planning tools.
Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird
Based on Katie Fallon’s recent book with the same title, this virtual presentation covers the life and times of the noble Turkey Vulture, including its feeding, nesting, and roosting habits, migratory behaviors, and common misconceptions.
JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary Virtual Tour: Fall 2020
Joe Coleman gives a tour of some of the special features of JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary.
Fascinating Facts About Bears
Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Jenny Erickson as she discusses the many interesting facts about bears native to the area.
Stream Side with the Loudoun Wildlife Stream Monitoring Program
Due to COVID-19, we have greatly reduced participation in the Stream Monitoring Program but you can still join us virtually through this series of stream-side videos we recorded in September.
HOA Native Plant Landscape Tour: River Creek
Visit Confluence Park at the River Creek community and see how the park has been rejuvenated over the last few years using native plant landscaping.
Virtual HOA Native Plant Landscape Tour: Broadlands
Join us on a tour of the native plant demonstration garden, the common area and home landscapes led by Broadlands volunteer, Oya Simpson.
Dragonflies and Damselflies of Loudoun County: An Introduction
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Allison Gallo and Bryan Henson present a fun and educational virtual program exploring these fascinating insects including seeing them up close.
Virtual HOA Native Plant Landscape Tour: Willowsford Conservancy
Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Willowsford Conservancy Executive Director Iris Gestram on a tour of their native plant wet meadow and native plant demonstration garden.
Native Plant Garden Design and Tools with Susan Abraham
Join landscape designer Susan Abraham on an enlightening and entertaining walk through the front woodland area, pollinator garden and meadow at her Waterford home.
Snakes Alive: an Introduction to the Snakes of Loudoun County
Join naturalist Amphibian Monitoring Lead, Jenny Swiggart, for this Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy program to learn and explore the fascinating aspects about the various species native to our area.
Virtual Ashburn Village HOA Native Plant Landscape Tour
Join us on a virtual tour with landscape designer John Magee of the beautiful native plant installations around Tippecanoe and Beech Lakes in Ashburn.
25th Anniversary Annual Meeting
Hear about the state of the organization, see the awards presentation, and learn something new from the keynote address by Wildlife Biologist and bee specialist, Sam Droege.
Virtual Spring Wildflower Nature Walk
Come on a virtual walk with John DeMary, well known local naturalist and retired teacher, at Ball’s Bluff Regional Park to see the forest as it reemerges from its winter sleep.