Chris reached out to Loudoun Wildlife in June of 2022, shortly after moving here from Missouri, and immediately became involved in volunteering with several of our programs. He helped survey three streams last fall, is doing Salt Watch monitoring at two sites, and is training to become a Certified Stream Monitor. Chris has also helped with habitat restoration work at JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary and at the Harrison Street Meadow. He plans to join us in March for invasive Garlic Mustard removal at Ball’s Bluff Regional Battlefield Park.
Chris’s favorite thing to do in nature is hike. He says, “I have always loved being outdoors and spending time in the woods quietly hiking, and observing nature has been my way of working through hard times. I also love finding new places and exploring new trails and having adventures by pushing myself with challenging hikes.”
Chis has been enjoying the Potomac Heritage Trail and all the wonderful trails at the newly named Sweet Run State Park (formerly known as the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship). While at the Park, Chris recommends: “Sweet Run and Piney Run are two wonderful small streams to check out while you’re on the trail. They are great examples of clean, unspoiled streams.”
Join us in welcoming Chris to the area and thanking him for all the volunteer opportunities he has helped us with!