Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

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Eagle Friday – Will we have eggs?We do not know if Rosa will lay eggs this year.  With the disappearance of Martin in ea...
01/05/2024

Eagle Friday – Will we have eggs?

We do not know if Rosa will lay eggs this year. With the disappearance of Martin in early December 2023, V2 arrived at the Dulles Greenway Eagles nest on December 11, 2023. Rosa and V2 regularly do nest work together. This week V2 has brought lots of “fluff” (bedding) bundles to the nest as well as new sticks, with Rosa helping too. It appears they are preparing the nest but will there be eggs?
The American Eagle Foundation tells us that female eagles “may have 3 two week windows throughout a breeding season where she is fertile.” We believe the fertile season here is in January and February. On camera, we saw Rosa and V2 successfully mate on December 30, January 1, 2, 3, and two matings today (January 5). We have no way of knowing if other mating events have taken place. We will continue to observe Rosa and V2’s behavior in the coming weeks to look for signs of possible egg laying:
- Increased rate of mating
- Spending a lot of time standing on the nest
- Forming the nest bowl
- Trying out the nest bowl
- Bringing in more soft nesting material
- Turning in the nest bowl
For the last two years, Rosa has laid eggs at the beginning of February.
The Dulles Greenway Eagles Team is glad that it appears Rosa has a new mate but we continue to mourn the disappearance of Martin. We may never know what happened to him but he will remain in our hearts. Here is our Tribute to Martin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yNuSy62i-8&t=362s
See this article for more information on egg laying: https://www.raptorresource.org/2023/02/14/how-long-does-it-take-a-bald-eagle-to-lay-an-egg/

Happy New Year! Our Stream Team's benthic macroinvertebrate surveys don't start until March, but we'd like to introduce ...
01/02/2024

Happy New Year! Our Stream Team's benthic macroinvertebrate surveys don't start until March, but we'd like to introduce you to one of the "Macro Marvels" sometimes found at these surveys.

Loudoun Stream Monitoring Info for January🎉  -
01/01/2024

Loudoun Stream Monitoring Info for January🎉 -

It is a common misconception that stormwater drains lead to a wastewater treatment plant, when they actually discharge directly into the nearest stream. The pollution entering our waterways doesn't just come from illegal dumping; a considerable amount comes from urban and suburban surfaces. As a ve...

News and Nature Programs: January 2024 -
01/01/2024

News and Nature Programs: January 2024 -

Dear , Happy New Year! We want to thank everyone who contributed to our success in 2023—all of our volunteers, members, sponsors, and participants who donated their time, energy, and dollars to our organization. Thank you! We accomplished a lot in 2023, and we're hitting the ground ...

Today is your last chance to donate in 2023. As a membership-based, volunteer-driven organization, you are vital to our ...
12/31/2023

Today is your last chance to donate in 2023. As a membership-based, volunteer-driven organization, you are vital to our success. Being a member is one of the most impactful decisions you can make to protect and preserve wildlife habitat in Loudoun County.

We know we can count on you!

Donate now: https://loudounwildlife.org/donate/join-renew/

Bird walk participants observe our feathered friends and are inspired by our bird leaders. One of our members discovered...
12/30/2023

Bird walk participants observe our feathered friends and are inspired by our bird leaders.

One of our members discovered us through our Banshee Reeks bird walk event and believes "LWC is the premier nature organization in the area. I believe in its mission, and I enjoy its programs."

We hope you can join us at upcoming 2024 events!

Frogs and toads are a vital part of our ecosystem and are considered an indicator species. Fluctuations in their populat...
12/29/2023

Frogs and toads are a vital part of our ecosystem and are considered an indicator species. Fluctuations in their populations can give us vital information regarding the overall health of their habitat.

Join us at Rust Library on January 30 at 6:30 pm to learn more about the frogs in Loudoun County and what you can do to help our citizen science Frogwatch Monitoring program.

Our volunteers and Virginia Master Naturalists will begin the 4th year of habitat restoration at Ball's Bluff.We will be...
12/27/2023

Our volunteers and Virginia Master Naturalists will begin the 4th year of habitat restoration at Ball's Bluff.

We will begin our weekly Thursday adventure on March 7. Observe the transformation of a magical forest while pulling invasive garlic mustard with fellow nature lovers. Signups will be emailed weekly reminders to participate from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Our Habitat Herald article will tell you about our project and has the sign up link - https://loudounwildlife.org/2021/10/balls-bluff-volunteers-take-on-garlic-mustard/

We can't believe that 2023 is almost over. However, it's not over yet. Teams of novice and experienced birders will be s...
12/26/2023

We can't believe that 2023 is almost over. However, it's not over yet. Teams of novice and experienced birders will be scouring Loudoun County for birds as part of our Christmas Bird Count on December 28.

And, there's still time to make your tax deductible end-of-year gift to Loudoun Wildlife.

Click the link to donate: https://loudounwildlife.org/donate/join-renew/

12/25/2023

Happy Holidays from Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.

Over 150 people are volunteering for the Christmas Bird Count this Thursday. We are grateful for these citizen science volunteers!

Did you know that the coffee you drink can affect the birds in your backyard? The Smithsonian Bird Friendly certificatio...
12/23/2023

Did you know that the coffee you drink can affect the birds in your backyard?

The Smithsonian Bird Friendly certification does more than any other certification program to conserve habitat for birds and other wildlife on coffee farms.

Join this free presentation by Bird Friendly Program Manager Kirstin Hill. Kristin will describe the link between coffee and conservation and how you can help.

Did you know that the coffee you drink can affect the birds in your backyard? The Smithsonian Bird Friendly certification does more than any other certification program to conserve habitat for birds and other wildlife on coffee farms.

Eagle Friday - Dulles Greenway Eagles nest has seen Rosa and V2 together all week sharing nest work.
12/22/2023

Eagle Friday - Dulles Greenway Eagles nest has seen Rosa and V2 together all week sharing nest work.

Happy Holidays and Happy Solstice!Loudoun Wildlife wishes you and your loved ones a safe, healthy, and happy end of the ...
12/21/2023

Happy Holidays and Happy Solstice!

Loudoun Wildlife wishes you and your loved ones a safe, healthy, and happy end of the year.

A proposal for new high-voltage transmission lines in Western Loudoun was approved this week by PJM. We are closely moni...
12/17/2023

A proposal for new high-voltage transmission lines in Western Loudoun was approved this week by PJM. We are closely monitoring this coming application alongside other conservation partners. Be on the lookout for our advocacy alerts as the issue develops.

Transmission lines are one step closer to cutting through western Loudoun after a vote by PJM Interconnection’s Board of Managers on Monday to approve a set of proposed projects to

Eagle Friday - Will V2 Become Rosa's New Mate?Time will tell if Dulles Greenway Eagles  Rosa chooses V2 as her new mate....
12/15/2023

Eagle Friday - Will V2 Become Rosa's New Mate?
Time will tell if Dulles Greenway Eagles Rosa chooses V2 as her new mate. He appears to be doing all he can to win her over:
- Monday 12/11 - V2 chased the first visitor (V1) from the nest. A couple hours later Rosa "boots" V2 from the nest. V2 is persistent and remains in the area.
- Tuesday 12/12 - V2 visits the nest multiple times. Rosa does not make an appearance.
- Wednesday 12/13 - V2 aerates the nest material and moves a stick or two. Rosa arrives at the nest and they tend to nest work together. Later in the morning V2 arrives with a squirrel for Rosa to eat.
- Thursday 12/14 - More nest work by V2 who is joined by Rosa and they work together. Later in the day, V2 warns a fast approaching Eagle away from the nest. After dark, we see V2 do a "test sit" in the nest bowl.
- Today - Friday 12/15 - Rosa and V2 arrive at the nest together this morning and do some nest work.

For more detail and up-to-date information on what is happening at the nest, visit the Nest Activity Log: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YwI6e-N5qgktn3vmGW6NNnQqdFzcDh1hA5rK5dfA9cI/edit =1987364604

The New Zoning Ordinance has been adopted! Thank you to everyone who helped advocate for wildlife throughout this proces...
12/15/2023

The New Zoning Ordinance has been adopted! Thank you to everyone who helped advocate for wildlife throughout this process. Stay tuned as we continue to advocate for important environmental protections in the upcoming Zoning Amendments.

The Board of Supervisors celebrated the culmination of its term Wednesday night with the adoption of a new Zoning Ordinance aimed at implementing the mixed-use and transit-related development policies contained

Beware of using glue traps, the small boxes or trays containing a layer of an extremely sticky substance designed to cat...
12/15/2023

Beware of using glue traps, the small boxes or trays containing a layer of an extremely sticky substance designed to catch rats, mice and insects that are causing problems. See this article to learn about the unintended effects to wildlife when using glue traps.

BOYCE — The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center (BRWC) is urging people not to use glue traps to catch pests because they have inhumane, unintended effects.

What are you supporting when you become a member of Loudoun Wildlife?This year all of our programs combined have hosted ...
12/15/2023

What are you supporting when you become a member of Loudoun Wildlife?

This year all of our programs combined have hosted over 365 education programs, nature walks, volunteer, outreach or fundraising events. Resulting in:

- Over 1,500 people purchased native plants or milkweed at one of our sales.

- Over 2,800 people were encouraged to actively get involved in conserving nature when they stopped by our outreach booth at a community event.

- Over 3,200 people were taught the value and appreciation of wildlife or directly
engaged with nature through one of our education programs or nature walks.

- Over 4,000 students, teachers, and members of the public participated in one of our Eagle Cam chat sessions.

- Over 300 volunteers have donated over 8,600 hours of their time contributing to our success so far this year. This doesn’t include the over 100 people who will go out with us to count birds during the Christmas Bird Count on December 28.

You can play a vital role in our success by becoming a member today: https://loudounwildlife.org/donate/join-renew/

Patrick Lewis and John Denice led the first ever young birder walk as part of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s new Young B...
12/13/2023

Patrick Lewis and John Denice led the first ever young birder walk as part of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s new Young Birding Program at Algonkian Regional Park Saturday morning. 24 species of birds were found over an hour and a half. Pictured here are an Eastern Bluebird and Downy Woodpecker.

The young birding program is a new initiative within Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s birding activities program. Read more about the program here: https://loudounwildlife.org/citizen-science/bird-counts/young-birding-program/
Photos by John Denice

Six participants gathered for the December Writing in Nature Workshop to discuss and write about the concept of a unicur...
12/11/2023

Six participants gathered for the December Writing in Nature Workshop to discuss and write about the concept of a unicursal labyrinth, with a single pathway leading to the center rather than multiple paths with dead ends. How had episodes in our lives, when we intentionally or inadvertently move off the intended path, changed us? Did we find our way back or continue on a new journey? Mary Oliver’s poem “Crossing the Swamp” lends itself to this topic. After listening and taking notes we shared our thoughts and feelings around the table. Then instead of linking the theme to the Gatehouse outdoor environment, we elected to take a field trip and visit a nearby labyrinth to contemplate the therapeutic value of a guided walk.
Photo by Nancy Morgan

Eagle Friday - Sharing this nest update from our Eagle Cam Volunteers.
12/08/2023

Eagle Friday - Sharing this nest update from our Eagle Cam Volunteers.

Martin hasn’t been seen in the nest since 12/1/2023. The last time we saw him was on the Upper Creek perch on 12/2/2023. Our hopes were briefly raised when an eagle arrived in the nest yesterday at 4:06 pm. Although this eagle has clear eyes similar to Martin, the beak and feather markings are different. The eagle visitor appears to be looking for a nest to call its own. It slept on the nest tree last night and spent this morning aerating the nesting material and rearranging the sticks. Rosa has continued to visit the nest tree and was here again this morning when the visitor was working in the nest. We don’t know what the future holds for Rosa and Martin but rest assured, we’re monitoring the situation and will keep all of you updated. Screenshot of the visitor.

Advocacy Alert: Zoning Ordinance Rewrite PUBLIC HEARING Dec. 13 at 6pm. You can be a voice for wildlife and healthy wild...
12/07/2023

Advocacy Alert: Zoning Ordinance Rewrite PUBLIC HEARING Dec. 13 at 6pm. You can be a voice for wildlife and healthy wildlife habitats! -

The final step of the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite Process is here! A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:00pm in the Board Room of the Government Center (1 Harrison St. SE in Leesburg). The Board will vote on the adoption of the new Zoning Ordinance at this public hearing, and....

Screech Owl, Opossum, Eastern Box Turtle and Skunk are four animal ambassadors attendees got to meet at our recent Wildl...
12/07/2023

Screech Owl, Opossum, Eastern Box Turtle and Skunk are four animal ambassadors attendees got to meet at our recent Wildlife in Winter program at Brambleton Library. During the hour-long event, attendees learned how these animals live, hibernate, and adapt to survive harsh winter weather. They also learned about the animals diets and behavioral traits. Many thanks to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center for partnering with us on this program.
Photos by Jim McWalters

The December 2 work day at JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary marked the start of the meadow restoration project. Several a...
12/05/2023

The December 2 work day at JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary marked the start of the meadow restoration project. Several areas in the meadow are being slowly overtaken by invasive vines and shrubs, so removing them was the first step. The cut shrubs were used to create brush piles that form both habitat for wildlife.

In late November we learned that our meadow restoration grant application with Microsoft and the Society for Ecological Restoration was approved. With this grant we will acquire some much-needed equipment to maintain meadows and water newly planted perennials, add cages to protect tree seedlings and propagate native plants for a fall 2024 planting.

Read more about the workday here: https://loudounwildlife.org/2023/12/meadow-restoration-project-begins/
Photos by Gerco Hoogeweg

Here is some good advice from our friends at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, especially with the colder temperatures and...
12/05/2023

Here is some good advice from our friends at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, especially with the colder temperatures and animals seeking warmer areas to live for the winter.

This eastern gartersnake (Virginia’s official state snake!) was brought to us on a glue trap early last week and today, he will be transferring to one of our amazing home rehabilitators to overwinter.

Luckily, the patient was brought to us while still on the trap so that we could sedate for a low-stress removal and provide hydration and supportive care afterwards. Although using oil-based products for removal is less dangerous in snakes than birds and mammals, that oil must still be removed and the process can still be quite stressful if done without sedation and/or by untrained individuals.

We’re glad that this snake made it here for initial care and stabilization. Unfortunately, given the time of year, this snake will need to stay with a permitted rehabilitator until May 1st, the first day of the year when overwintering reptiles and amphibians can be released in our state.

We are so fortunate to have an amazing network of rehabilitators in our state and we are grateful to the many we work with who have taken overwintering snakes, turtles, and more so that we can keep space open in our hospital for those that require more intensive medical care.

If you find wildlife in need and we are NOT the closest rehabilitator, be sure to consult our state wildlife agency’s list of licensed rehabilitators, broken down by county, to find the nearest resource in your area. Please remember to look for a rehabilitator that treats the species of concern (not all rehabilitators treat all species) and remember to leave a voicemail as many solo rehabilitators are busy tending to their patients and may not answer phones right away. The link for our state’s list can be found in the comments.

In an incredibly dense fog, 12 birders visited the Dulles Greenway Wetlands on December 2. While we heard lots of ducks ...
12/04/2023

In an incredibly dense fog, 12 birders visited the Dulles Greenway Wetlands on December 2. While we heard lots of ducks in the wetlands, we couldn’t see them until the fog lifted a little after 9:00 am. At that point we watched the largest number of American Black Ducks any of us had ever seen in Loudoun County take off from the water and swirl around our heads. See the complete list of bird sightings here: https://loudounwildlife.org/2023/12/black-ducks-dulles-wetlands/

Note: Dulles Greenway Wetlands is private property and visits can only be made with a group that has permission.
Group photo by Lisa Streckfuss
American Black Duck photo by Gerco Hoogeweg

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