Tackling Climate Change: Hear Media Experts and Sharpen Your Advocacy on Feb. 27
Nine leading Northern Virginia conservation organizations, representing over 25,000 people, will hear experts address climate change and the need to act on February 27.
David Fahrenthold, National Environmental Reporter for the Washington Post and Michael OConnell, Managing Editor for northern Virginias Connection newspapers, will explore how the media perceives and addresses climate change and how advocates can sharpen the climate change message. Karen Akerlof, George Mason Universitys Center for Climate Change Communication, will discuss what research reveals about the public views on climate change.
Another panel will explore the role of energy efficiency in transitioning to a clean energy economy; how individuals, businesses, churches and individuals can use energy more efficiently and why energy efficiency is the most economical step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Speakers include Annette Osso, President, Virginia Sustainable Building Network; Seema Wadhwa, Sustainability Coordinator, INOVA Health Systems and Elenor Hodges, Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment.
Justin Tathum, Assistant Director, Government Relations, National Audubon Society, will update the group on Congressional action.
To RVSP and see details, visit www.chesapeakeclimate.org/NoVaCAN.
The Northern Virginia Climate Action Network (NoVaCAN) is a coalition of organizations in Northern Virginia formed to address climate change policy at the federal, state and local level. NoVaCANs mission is to educate and empower Northern Virginians to advocate for policies to curtail climate change. ASNV is a founder of the coalition.
ASNV Northern Virginia Bird Survey (NVBS) Final Report
Last June forty-four dedicated volunteers participated in the 16th annual Northern Virginia Bird Survey (NVBS), ASNV's comprehensive grid-based breeding bird count at over twenty-five sites including our latest addition, Cub Run Stream Valley Park. Counts at 652 survey points yielded 99 species and 10,219 individual birds (156,351 for the sixteen year run) and generated 5,934 database records each containing information about a single species at a single survey point. (The cumulative database now contains 85,188 records.) With the addition of two common ravens at Manassas National Battlefield Park (thanks to Deborah Chapman), the NVBS has logged in 146 species. This year's top three species were northern cardinal, Carolina wren, and tufted titmouse. Crow numbers remained low and were essentially unchanged from last year.
We continue to share our count data and other information with those who manage the parks and other sites that we survey. A recent poll confirmed that it continues to be put to good use for comprehensive inventories, tracking population and distribution trends, developing management plans, and more. Additional 2009 NVBS results will be appearing soon on the ASNV website.
2009 Manassas - Bull Run Christmas Bird Count Results
Weather conditions definitely hampered the 28th Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count. A powerful Noreaster dumped 22 of snow on the originally scheduled weekend of the count, so we re-scheduled for the following weekend, December 26th which reduced the number of our participants. Minimal melting left much snow, beaten down brush and understory, ice on still water; the day was cold, starting out with rain, mist and fog before clearing around noon. Still, the weather did not diminish the spirits andaccomplishments of the hardy counters. An intrepid group of 46 (half last years number) counted 77 species (85 in 2008), and 16,479 birds (18,636 in 2008). These are good numbers considering the conditions.
Among the highlights of our count were one first-ever species for our count circle (Great Egret spotted by Gerry Abbott and his team); a new all-time high number for Buffleheads (26), and second all-time high numbers for Killdeer (44) and White-throated sparrow (642). Also, we saw the first American Coots (3) since 2000, the first Woodcock since 2002, the highest number of Hermit Thrushes (20) since 1998 and 6 American Pipits. While the total number of species was higher than expected and the number of birds counted were within 10% of last year, the miserable weather conditions and reduced turnout of counters make it difficult to make comparisons with previous years for individual species.
Copies of the full results for the count are available from the ASNV office, from any of our sector leaders, or from the compiler, Bob Shipman. Well also plan to post them on the ASNV website.
Thanks to all of you brave, eager participants who came out and counted so well!
Upcoming Field Trips
Registration is not required unless noted. Contact the ASNV office at 703-256-6895 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Visit our website for more information about these and other upcoming field trips.
RESCHEDULED: Sunday, Feb. 28, All Day
This all-day field trip to Solomons, Maryland and Point Lookout State Park with trip leader Sean Duffy, will depart Fairfax County at 7:15 AM, arrive at Point Lookout by about 9:00, bird northbound all day, and arrive back in Fairfax County by about 7PM. Target birds include sea ducks (ducks of all kinds) and raptors, as well as loons, grebes, cormorants, pelicans, gulls (maybe terns), grassland birds, short-eared owl, and brown-headed nuthatch. Email Sean to sign up and receive further details at email@example.com (car pool locations, other logistics). Limit 14. Registration required.
Waterfowl and Raptors Tour of Reston
Sunday, Feb. 28, 7:30-10:30 AM
Kevin Munroe leads this outing every winter and surprising things always turn up on Restons lakes.
Getting there: Meet at the Lake Audubon Boat Ramp on Twin Branches Rd., near the intersection with Glade Drive. If the birding is good, the time and number of sites may be extended, but participants should feel free to leave when they wish.
Fred Crabtree Park
Sunday, Mar. 21, 7:30-10:30 AM
Join Bill Brown, to look for lingering winter birds and possible Great Horned Owl in this extensive wooded park.
Getting there: Park at Crossfield Elementary School, on Fox Mill Rd., south of the intersection of Lawyers Rd. and Reston Pkwy. (first parking lot to your left as you enter.)
Algonkian Regional Park
Tuesday, Mar. 23, 8:30-11:30 AM
The Potomac River and lots of edge habitat make this a productive outing. Check for Red-headed Woodpeckers with Bill Brown.
Getting there: From Rt. 7, heading west, turn on Cascades Parkway, north, and continue into the park. Turn left at the sign for the swimming pool and meet in the parking lot. From Fairfax Co. Parkway, go north, cross Rt. 7. Street name becomes Holly Knoll Dr., then becomes Algonkian Pkwy. Turn right on Cascades Pkwy. and continue as above.
Take the LEAPP®!
The LEAPP® (Learn, Enjoy, Appreciate, Preserve, and Protect) program offers the opportunity to learn more about the natural world and be informed, active stewards for its care and protection. To register or for more information, please visit our website, email us or call the ASNV office at 703-256-6895. Dont miss out register early! Please note that registration is not complete until payment is received. Visit our website for more information about these and other upcoming LEAPP programs.
Beginning Birding Workshop
Wednesday, March 17 from 7 - 9 PM (classroom)
Saturday, March 20 from 8 - 11 AM (field trip)
This workshop is an entry-level introduction to birding in the Northern Virginia area. Covers birding basics, including field guides and binoculars, as well as seasonal information on birds to look for and where to look for them. Includes one 2-hour classroom session and one 3-hour field trip at a local park.
Classroom location: Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building 21000 Education Court, Room 105, Ashburn, VA.
Field trip location: Algonkian Regional Park, 47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling, VA
Instructor: Bill Brown is an ASNV Master Naturalist and a regular field trip leader at Claude Moore Park and Algonquian Park.
Cost: $35 members; $40 non-members
Thursday, April 8 from 7 - 9:30 PM (classroom)
Saturday, April 10 from 1:30 - 3:30 PM (field trip)
Learn to identify some common spring wildflowers and plant families as well as the folklore associated with plants in this area. The field trip will be held at Riverbend Park, Fairfax County Park Authority's only riverfront park has over 400 acres of forest, meadows, and ponds. Riverbend's location along the Potomac River makes it a naturally unique and sensitive area with spectacular spring wildflowers.
Classroom location: Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA
Field trip location: Riverbend Park
Instructor: Marijke Gate has worked as a naturalist at Riverbend Park for 15 years. She has a Ph.D. in zoology and was previously a biology lecturer in southern Africa. However, spring wildflowers are her favorite topic.
Cost: $35 members; $40 non-members
Plant Lore and Ethnobotany
Thursdays, April 22 and 29 from 7 - 9:30 PM (classroom dates)
Saturday, May 1 from 10 AM - 2:30 PM (field trip)
Ethnobotany is the study of how people use indigenous plants. Virginia's flora has a rich history of both real and imagined uses. This LEAPP workshop will familiarize participants in local floral legend, lore, and ethnobotany. The focus will be on native plants, but exotic species (and how some were used by people) will also be covered where appropriate. Plant identification, natural history, and animal associations and interactions will also be part of what is studied. The participants will also discuss the ethics and legality of collecting and the promise and danger of medicinal uses. The field trip will be to Thompson Wildlife Management Area in Linden, VA (see below for directions). Carpool arrangements will be discussed in class. The Thompson Wildlife Management Area one of the largest (millions!) great white trillium displays in the world! This area is resplendent with many (often rare) wildflowers and trees, including native orchids, which is why it is a wildflower registry site for the Virginia Native Plant Society. On the somewhat rocky 2-mile trail, we'll discuss plant folklore, ethnobotany, identification, and any other natural history we have a good chance to happen upon. Bring a bag lunch and water to eat on the trail.
Classroom location: Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA
Field trip location: Thompson Wildlife Management Area in Linden, VA from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Meet at Parking Lot #6 in the Thompson Wildlife Management Area.
Getting there: Go West on I-66 to the Linden/Front Royal exit. You turn left over the highway and then left again onto VA-55 (you'll see a large gas station straight ahead after the turn). Travel one and 1/2 miles to the hamlet of Linden and make another left onto Freezeland Rd. (county rd 638). About a mile later you bear right toward the Blue Mountain Estates. Go about 4 miles up the mountain to parking lot #6 which is near the fire tower (that has the best options for plants).
Instructor: Alonso Abugattas is both a Master Gardener and a Naturalist, as well as an instructor for both. He is currently the acting manager of Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington County and is a well known local naturalist and storyteller. He is a former officer for the Virginia Native Plant Society, including past president of the local Potowmack Chapter.
Cost: $50 members; $60 non-members
May 4 and 11 from 7 to 9:30 PM (classroom dates)
Saturday, May 15 at 7 AM (field trip)
The Eastern United States is the best place in the world to see warblers, and 37 species are expected annually in Virginia alone! Warblers delight birders with their beautiful colors and cheerful songs, but they can also be frustrating to observe when they just wont sit still or when a flock passes by in the fall with many species looking similar to one another. This workshop will focus on tips for identifying spring males and females, the grouping of warblers by genus, conservation issues related to warblers, and where to see warblers in the Northern Virginia area. Warblers of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America by Chris Earley is a recommended text. Great pictures, well written descriptions, and migration timetables are all included.
Classroom location: Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA
Field trip location: Huntley Meadows Park at the South Kings HWY/Telegraph Road entrance
Instructor: Nolan Britt teaches environmental science and biology at Bishop OConnell High School. He has been an active participant in regional Christmas Bird Counts and hawk watches and serves as co-leader of the Northern Virginia Teen Bird Club.
Cost: $50 members; $60 non-members
Audubon At Home and Beyond
Saturday, May 8 OR Saturday, May 22, 9 AM - 3 PM
Carol Hadlock's backyard will be your classroom for this workshop, where you will learn to put the principles of Audubon at Home to work in your yard, creating a healthier environment for you, your family, and pets, while at the same time giving birds and pollinators a helping hand. Things should be popping in the garden, the birds will be singing, and outdoor activities will make this a fun, informative day. This workshop will be offered twice this spring on May 8 and May 22. Please specify which day you are enrolling in.
Location: 515 Alabama Drive, Herndon
Cost: $25, to cover class materials and a light lunch
Instructor: Carol Hadlock is an ASNV Master Naturalist and national Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward.
Limit: 10 students
Advocacy Update: Conservation Depends on You
State Legislature Needs to Hear from You
The Virginia General Assembly is considering many conservation-related bills. With the state facing a serious deficit, all state services, including state parks, the natural heritage program and environmental services like air and water protection, are threatened.
The Virginia Conservation Network and the League of Conservation Voters recently highlighted these bills and urged advocates to contact their legislators (The position indicated in parentheses is VCN's and LCV's.):
Senate Bill 71 (Support): Senator Donald McEachin (D), the Virginia Jobs and Efficiency Act. Energy efficiency is the cheapest, quickest and cleanest way of addressing our energy demand and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that lead to climate change. Last year, his bill failed in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee by only one vote. Enacting strong energy efficiency programs will create jobs in Virginia and save families and businesses money on their electric bills.
Senate Bill 181 (Oppose): Senator Walter Stosch's (R) bill would allow for a private company that builds a highway project to receive money from tax revenues generated by economic development along the project. SB 181 would incentivize sprawl and use taxpayer money as a giveaway to road builders when it is sorely needed for so many other priorities. SB 181 was initially reported from the Senate Finance Committee, but luckily it has been sent back to the committee for further review.
Senate Bill 626 (Support): Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel (R), Bipartisan Redistricting Commission. A similar bill passed the Senate unanimously in 2009 only to be defeated in the House of Delegates. Governor Bob McDonnell has offered support for a bipartisan redistricting process. Contact the Governor and your delegate.
House Bill 277 (Oppose): Delegate Dave Albo's (R) bill would move forward a proposal to build a Washington bypass. This project has not been supported in local and state transportation plans because it would divert much needed revenues from other critical transportation priorities throughout the state and wouldn't solve the crippling congestion problems that exist in Northern Virginia. HB 277 is currently before the House Appropriations - Transportation Subcommittee.
House Bill 447 (Support): Delegate Lee Ware (R) introduced HB 447 as a way of raising additional revenue for land conservation. This bill would eliminate the $10,000 cap on the fee paid when someone sells their Land Conservation Tax Credits to someone else. It is estimated that this will raise an additional $1.8 million for public and private land conservation groups in Virginia. Delegate Ware's bill has gotten the support of House Finance Subcommittee.
You may also want to weigh in on --
House Bill 1115: Del. Adam Ebbin (D) introduced a bill to help reduce pollution by imposing a five-cent fee on customers for each throwaway paper and plastic bag used at grocery, drug and convenience stores. No charge would be imposed on reusable bags or bags brought by consumers for reuse. The bill has numerous exemptions, including bags used for ice cream, meat, fish, poultry, restaurant food, newspapers, dry cleaning and prescription drugs. The revenues raised by the fee will be deposited in the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund-an estimated $47.9 million during the first year. The Washington Post endorsed the fee. Here's a video about the bill, produced and directed by John Lett. Marine and wetland birds and other animals get caught up in and damaged by discarded plastic bags.
To learn about bills expected, look over the Virginia Conservation Networks briefing book (pdf download). You can also monitor specific bills at this League of Conservation Voters Web site.
The Virginia Conservation Network needs Auduboners in the district of every state senator and delegate to occasionally call, write or meet with them, especially during the session. To learn whats involved, visit www.virlcv.org. VCN will brief you. LCV also has a conservation scorecard showing ratings of state legislators based on last years votes.
If legislators dont hear from you, they assume you dont care. Visit the Virginia General Assembly's website to find your state legislators.
Dont forget the special election on March 2 for the Virginia House of Delegates 41st district. The Republican nominee is Kerry Bolognese; the Democratic nominee is Eileen Filler-Corn. Visit the Virginia General Assembly's website to find your state legislators.
Beltway HOT Lanes Doing Much Damage
Illegal amounts of sediment and polluted water are entering Accotink Creek, and then the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay, according to a planned suit to be filed by Potomac Riverkeeper against Fluor-Lane LLC, the HOT Lanes developers. The builders are using inadequate pollution control measures. "Flour-Lane has not stopped polluting despite numerous complaints from the public and inspections from state agencies. It is now up to us to enforce the law for the people living in the Accotink Creek, Potomac River, and Chesapeake Bay watersheds," said Ed Merrifield, President, on February 9.
Potomac Riverkeeper has found a consistent record of violations in the area between Gallows Road and Braddock Road in Annandale, dating back to September 2008, based on monitoring by local volunteers. Several Northern Virginia Auduboners rescued some of the native plants along the planned HOT Lanes several years ago. For more information on the suit, visit www.potomacriverkeeper.org.
Climate Change Demands Action on All Fronts
Virginia could be a leader in curbing greenhouse gases that are causing global warming and climate change. But Virginians must speak up.
Consider these facts:
Elected officials at every level need to hear from you. We have reported earlier that U. S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner are swing votes on climate change and they have told us they are hearing lots from the other side. Virginias Senators are key. Please email and write Senators Warner and Webb and ask them to support a strong climate change bill now. The international negotiations in Copenhagen and President Obamas involvement have given the Senate a framework for moving a bill early this year.
- Virginias carbon dioxide emissions rose by 35 percent between 1990 and 2004, a rate nearly twice the national average.
- Virginias carbon dioxide emissions exceed those of some other countries.
- With 112 miles of coastline, Virginia is at particular risk. The Chesapeake Bay could rise by two feet. The Hampton Roads area is the second most impacted region in the country. The Potomac River could rise two feet by 2050.
- Northern Virginia will see more extreme weather events, flooding and vector-borne diseases.
[Note: We have heard that some legislators do not take e-mails into account because they are not certain the e-mailers are their constituents.]
A strong climate bill should include these elements:
There are serious costs of inaction, from infrastructure damage caused by more intense weather events to providing health services to address more disease.
- Reduce total U.S. global warming pollution by at least 80 percent by 2050 by cutting emissions from carbon-based fuels like coal and oil
- Move to clean electricity through use of cleaner, renewable fuels
- Strengthen energy efficiency. Virginia can cut electricity use by 19 percent through steps like tougher building codes, says the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy
- Create new clean energy jobs. A University of Massachusetts analysis concluded a low-carbon economy could create 56,000 new clean energy jobs in Virginia
How to contact Virginias U. S. Senators:
Senator James Webb, U. S. Senate, Washington, D. C. 20510
Senator Mark Warner, U. S. Senate, Washington, D. C. 20510
For fact sheets on global warming, visit http://www.audubon.org/globalWarming/GetTheFacts.php.
Check out Our Photo Album!
Have you seen a brown creeper lately? What about a cedar waxwing? If not, you can today, just by joining ASNV on Flickr.
Members of our FREE online photo album can upload and share photographs, swap stories and offer suggestions for great places for birding and wildlife photography. We hope you will share your pictures, take a look at ours and let us know what you think. Our photo gallery will highlight all the nature around us -- not just birds, but also insects, plants and Virginia's magnificent trees.
If you already have a Yahoo or Flickr account, joining is easy -- just click on join from our group page and select the pictures you'd like to share. If you are new to Flickr, then you will have to create an account before you can join our group. Just follow the easy steps on the Flickr website, and you will be set up in no time. Once your account is active, just go back to our group page and click join. (Please note, you do need to have at least five photos in your own gallery before Flickr will let you share with our group).
Join Jim Waggener in his ongoing wildlife surveys at two of Northern Virginia's best birding spots. Surveys are held every Wednesday, alternating between Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area on Mason Neck. Each survey is limited to four participants, and reservations are required. Call Jim at 703-567-3555 for more details or to reserve your space.
Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Take I-95 to Woodbridge exit 161. Go south on Rt. 1 to Dawson Beach Road, turn left, and go to the central parking area.
Meadowood on Mason Neck
Take I-95 to Lorton exit 163. Turn left on Lorton Road, right on Rt. 1, and left on Gunston Road. About a mile past the elementary school you will see Meadowoods horse pastures and signs on the right. Enter through the iron gateway, drive straight ahead and park by the stables.
Eakin Park Bird Walk
Hidden Oaks Nature Center (FCPA) sponsors weekly bird walks along the Accotink Stream Valley.
In addition to the usual winter birds (brown creepers, winter wrens, yellow-rumped warblers, white-throated sparrows, dark-eyed juncos) weve been seeing and enjoying the antics of a red-headed woodpecker, a species not seen at the park since 1992. The bird is quite handsome and vocal and has been busily caching food. As winter wears on there is an increasing possibility that well hear or see our resident barred owls. Other raptors have been seen recently including sharp-shinned hawk, Coopers hawk, and red-shouldered hawk. The Coopers hawk was on the ground near the path and might have just tried to snatch breakfast. We never know what well run into..
We meet every Monday morning (weather permitting) at the parking lot on Prosperity Ave. about half way between Routes 50 and 236 (Little River Turnpike). We begin at 7:30 a.m. Dec. through Feb. and 7:00 a.m. the rest of the year. No need to sign up. The walk generally goes for a couple of hours but can vary depending on how birdy it is and the weather. If you have any questions please contact the leader Carolyn Williams at 703-273-1961.
Wildlife Center of Virginia Rehabilitation Classes
Amanda Nicholson, Outreach Coordinator and Rehabilitation Supervisor for the Wildlife Center of Virginia located in Waynesboro announces the upcoming "On the Road" classes:
Sunday, February 28th, 2010 Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington
For more information, including class descriptions and costs, visit the Wildlife Center of Virginia's website.
- Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation
- Introduction to Raising Orphaned Birds
- Rationalizing Euthanasia in Difficult Trauma Cases
Cats Indoors! Brochures Available
An updated version of American Bird Conservancys Cats Indoors! brochure is now available. The brochures and a companion DVD -- Trap, Neuter, Release: Bad for Cats Disaster for Birds -- can be ordered from the American Bird Conservancy's website.
You Can Help Make a Difference
The National Audubon Society invites all Auduboners to join their e-activist network. When you subscribe to their newsletter, youll receive alerts about important Congressional actions and information about how you can affect legislation by contacting your Members of Congress. Visit www.audubonaction.org to learn more.
We need passionate volunteers across Virginia who can help us persuade our U. S. senators to support a strong climate change bill. If you would like to help us make a difference with climate change and other important issues, please contact Glenda Booth.
Sharpen Your Advocacy Skills
February 23, Coal Country Film: This compelling film describes how coal is mined, how mountain-top removal harms people and the environment, where our electricity comes from and its consequences the true cost of coal. 7 p.m., Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 East Broad Street, Falls Church; free.
February 27, Advocacy Training: This free workshop offers a great opportunity to hear from experts on how energy efficiency can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and how conservationists can work with the media to effect change. Join the Northern Virginia Climate Action Network, a coalition of nine Northern Virginia conservation groups, including Audubon, for Workshop III. 1 to 5 p.m., Fair Oaks Merrifield Garden Center (upstairs meeting room), 12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA, 22030. Refreshments will be provided. Questions? Contact Linda Burchfiel, 703-506-4310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 6, Wetland Habitats: Virginia Native Plant Society, all-day program, University of Richmond, Richmond, on plants and ecology of Virginias wetland environments. Visit www.vnps.org for more information.
March 20, Green Living Expo, Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment. Visit www.arlingtonenvironment.org for more information.
The Amazing Journey of the Red Knot
Darren Schroeder, Vice President of Conservation Advocacy, American Bird Conservancy will discuss the amazing Red Knot, a shorebird that makes one of the longest migrations in the world. Every spring, the red knot migrates from Tiera Del Fuego in South America to its arctic breeding grounds. It stops in the Delaware Bay and feasts on horseshoe crab eggs to rebuild its energy reserves. Horseshoe crab eggs are declining and this bird may be threatened with extinction.
When: February 24, 7:30 PM Huntley Meadows Visitors Center, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, Virginia 22306.
Clean Energy Workshop, Feb. 27
Learn about moving to a clean energy economy, energy efficiency, individual action and communications climate change at this clean energy workshop.
When: Saturday, February 27, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Fair Oaks Merrifield Garden Center (upstairs meeting room), 12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030; near the Fairfax County Parkway and I-66 (Note: This is NOT in Merrifield.)
Questions? Contact Linda Burchfiel, 703-506-4310 or email@example.com.
Speakers: Experts from George Mason Universitys Center for Climate Change Communication, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, the business community, the media and other authorities.
The Northern Virginia Climate Action Network (NoVaCAN) is a coalition of nine organizations representing over 25,000 people in Northern Virginia formed to address climate change policy at the federal, state and local levels. NoVaCANs mission is to educate and empower Northern Virginians to advocate for policies to curtail climate change. Participants in the Northern Virginia Climate Action Network (NoVaCAN):
- Audubon Society of Northern Virginia
- Sierra Club, Great Falls Group and Mount Vernon Groups
- Chesapeake Climate Action Network
- Prince William Conservation Alliance
- Sustainable Loudoun
- Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment
- Virginia Native Plant Society, Potowmack Chapter
- Friends of Potomac River Refuges
- Audubon Naturalist Society