On August 7, over 100 people attended Plant NOVA Natives’ (PNN) first native plants conference for professionals, including representatives from 39 professional landscaping companies. PNN (outreach partner of Audubon at Home) and AAH collaborated to obtain “seed money” for the conference from Transurban’s Express Lanes Community Grant Program.
Given how much of the planting in Northern Virginia is done by landscaping professionals, Plant NOVA Natives, which is Audubon at Home’s outreach partner, is sponsoring a conference to educate landscape professionals on the value of native plants. If you know any landscape designers, architects, or other landscape professionals who might be interested, please point them to this invitation.
The Audubon at Home program is happy to announce that the Reston Association's Central Services Facility (CSF) native plant garden has achieved certification as a Wildlife Sanctuary. RA developed this 3 acre site to serve as a demonstration site to educate Metro developers on how native plants can be integrated into areas near Metro stations.
Audubon at Home welcomes new Program Assistant Jill Spohn, who is an Audubon at Home Ambassador and Fairfax Master Naturalist.
People-oriented volunteers are needed to help spread the word about the Audubon At Home Wildlife Sanctuary Program at community and regional events. We schedule the dates, provide all the materials, and brief you on our message—you supply the enthusiasm!
Hello spring and summer gardening! As you buy, remember that native plants supply critical nutrition for birds and other wildlife. A list of local native plant sales can be found here. And please, no invasives! Besides from being nutritionally deficient themselves, invasive plants smother native plants, creating environmental food deserts. A list of invasive plant species to avoid can be found here.
The first edition of the Audubon at Home Newsletter was emailed to AAH clients and volunteer ambassadors on November 30th. It is aimed at those interested in gardening that is designed to make a difference for wildlife by creating habitat one property at a time.
Audubon at Home (AAH) seeks a volunteer to coordinate—via Internet and telephone—requests for tabling events and AAH speakers.
Do you have database and/or application configuration experience? The Audubon at Home program could use your help!
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.
Audubon at Home Ambassadors who are also certified as Virginia Master Naturalists helped spread the word about positive environmental practices at three regional Earth Day events on April 22.
Application Due May 1
Thanks to a grant from the National Audubon Society’s Coleman and Susan Burke Center for Native Plants, the Audubon at Home program is eager to work with faith communities to create wildlife sanctuaries on their properties. Click here to see an overview with a link to the grant application.
Faith communities take note! ASNV is pleased to announce that our Audubon at Home (AAH) Program has been awarded a $7500 grant 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.
Over a third of the 99 Audubon at Home Ambassadors gathered on February 17 for the third annual Ambassador Brunch at National Wildlife Federation headquarters, where ASNV also has its office. Sporting color-coded tags identifying their county, AAH Ambassadors from Arlington/City of Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties mingled to share experiences and a delicious potluck meal.
November 3, 2017 (time and location TBA)
Audubon-at-Home Ambassadors visit properties at the request of homeowners to provide advice on planting natives, removing invasives, and other wildlife habitat improvements. In the training session, you will learn about the program, the role of Ambassador, and resources that will help you research and advise clients on native plants and other habitat improvements.
Although human use accounts for the greatest loss of our natural landscape in Northern Virginia, deer run a close second in the disappearance of vegetation, not only in natural areas, but in home landscapes as well. (Copied with Permission from Plant NOVA Natives campaign.)
Our Audubon at Home program has a great new addition! Cathy Blowers is taking over management of the program from Barbara Tuset who is moving out of the area.
Up for a comprehensive course on creating wildlife habitat? We recommend Landscape for Life. Note that space is limited, registration is required and the fee is $60.
As properties are certified as Wildlife Sanctuaries we register the sanctuary and capture associated information including location, acreage, property type and jurisdiction to display the results with our GIS Mapping Application.