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 – 2023.
Advocacy 101: Loudoun and Power
Trinity Mills covered the significance of power in Loudoun County, impacts of power projects and other information about power. Michael Myers gave an in-depth look at the latest Dominion Energy power project.
Advocacy 101: Road Projects
Conservation Advocacy Specialist Trinity Mills covers why road projects are different from typical development projects with a case study of how the Route 15 bypass project impacts Loudoun Wildlife’s JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary.
Advocacy 101: Environmental Justice
Kidest Gebre from Virginia Interfaith Power and Light was the featured guest speaker for this program.
Create a Wildlife Sanctuary in Your Yard: Audubon at Home
Did you know that Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, in collaboration with Audubon of Northern Virginia, has a cadre of volunteers who will come to your home to help you learn how to make your yard more supportive of birds and other wildlife?
Plant This, Not That
Julie Borneman, owner of Watermark Woods native plant nursery, discusses why and how to best to use native plants in your yard.
Gardening for Wildlife with Native Wildflowers
With a focus on spring ephemerals, Virginia Master Naturalist Ami Mason discusses the importance of wildlife relationships to native wildflowers.
Snakes Alive: Our Native Snakes
Amphibian Monitoring Coordinator Jenny Erickson provides an introduction to the snakes native to Loudoun County.
Bluebird Monitoring Program Kickoff for 2023
Kiley Gannaway, Volunteer Education Assistant for Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Bluebird Monitoring program, gives an orientation to the program, and the current trails we monitor in Loudoun County.
Amphibian Monitoring Training 2023
Join Jenny Erickson, Amphibian Monitoring Coordinator, for this training session (required for participation in the FrogWatch Amphibian Monitoring Program).
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.
Advocacy 101: Writing Your Public Official (Part 4)
Trinity Mills and Michael Myers take participants through the process of writing an effective letter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.