Audubon At Home Awards Burke Grant Funds to Six Faith Communities


ASNV is pleased to announce that our Audubon at Home (AAH) Program has awarded funds from the Plants for Birds Burke Grant program, which has been established with generous support from the Coleman and Susan Burke Center for Native Plants, to six faith communities.  The goal of the Burke Grant program is to support network Plants for Birds activities that will increase the visibility, reach, and impact of Audubon’s Plants for Birds programming across the country.

Each of the following faith communities has been awarded $1250 for native plants to create a demonstration garden.

  • Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Vienna
  • Saint Peter's in the Woods Episcopal, Fairfax Station
  • Mclean Islamic Center
  • Beth El Hebrew Congregation
  • Crossroads United Methodist Church, Ashburn
  • Grace Presbyterian Church, Springfield

Design and installation is the responsibility of the congregation, which will accept the garden as part of an overall educational program, maintain the garden for ten years, and put up an educational sign.

AAH is one of the founding partners of Plant NOVA Natives (PNN)  campaign, whose volunteers, many of whom are also Audubon Ambassadors, are now working to make a clear change in landscaping culture away from the use of invasive, introduced ornamentals and an excess of lawn toward more native plantings and landscaping designs that retain stormwater.  In partnership with AAH and the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts, PNN’s efforts have included work with other faith communities.

AAH will follow up to see if gardens, once established, can be certified as AAH Wildlife Sanctuaries.