Winter is a great time to improve your birding skills. Birds are easier to find since there are no leaves on the trees. In addition, winter brings a wide variety of ducks and geese. Several species of hawks and sparrows also call our region home during our coldest months.
Join ASNV in preparation for their annual Winter Waterfowl Count. This field workshop will help hone your identification skills. Meet up at the Woodmarsh Trail parking lot, Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge.
Join fellow conservationists on December 7, 7 to 9 p.m. and learn about renewable energy opportunities in Alexandria. Congressman Don Beyer will be the opening speaker. Perhaps some of what we learn can be used in other jurisdictions.
Arlington County is updating the 2005 Public Spaces Master Plan, which provides strategies for the future for our public spaces, including parks, natural resources and recreational needs. The county is seeking community input for certain areas of focus.
January 10, 2018
The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) will hold its annual public hearing at the Fairfax County Government Center, conference rooms 9 and 10, 7:30 p.m. You can find EQAC’s annual report here. EQAC presented it to the Board of Supervisors on November 21.
The new General Assembly will convene on January 11 and adjourn by the end of February. VCN will have a lobby day on January 22. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will be inaugurated governor on January 13. You can find key dates for the state legislature here.
December 11, 2017
Fairfax County Park Authority staffers have prepared a proposal to allow the flying of recreational drones in two more county parks, Lake Fairfax and Popes Head. Currently, this activity is allowed only in Poplar Ford Park. FCPA will hold a public meeting and a public comment period on December 11, 7 p.m.
The Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board recently unanimously approved a draft regulation to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and connect Virginia to a carbon-trading network of nine other states.
January 10 2018, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Fairfax County Chair Sharon Bulova invites everyone to her annual New Year Reception at the Fairfax County Government Center.
Local governments manage local parks, waste, land use, schools, construction and development and more. Local government managers (for counties, they are called county executives) are now preparing the FY 2019 budgets that they will propose to the elected officials to whom they report. Arlington County invites residents to submit ideas and comments here. Check your local government for the schedule and ways to make suggestions.
National Audubon urges members to contact Members of Congress and encourage them “to uphold and support America’s conservation programs.” Visit Action Audubon. National Audubon is also fighting efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act. Info here.
Join us for the 118th annual Christmas Bird Count (36th for ASNV). We are looking for people to count in the Manassas Battlefield area, Bull Run, and Manassas City areas as well as around Centerville, south of Dulles Airport, and Chantilly.
Surely the waterfowl have arrived in numbers and we can view them on the Lake and the woodland path that follows its shoreline. Marc Ribaudo leads. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club.
The quarry is a great place to find waterfowl in winter. The woods and lake shore offer good habitat for other winter species, including resident red-headed woodpeckers. Toby Hardwick leads with Rick Purvis co-lead. Sponsored by ASNV.
One of our newer additions of places to bird. Join Lead Phil Silas and co-lead Jean Tatalias as we scout the lake and surrounding park trail. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club.