Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

Bert Harris (Executive Director of The Clifton Institute) will give a presentation about grassland restoration. He will discuss the ecology of grasslands in Virginia and how to establish and maintain grasslands. This involves both controlling exotic plants and promoting native ones. Bert’s talk will explain why The Clifton Institute are conducting a major grassland restoration experiment and how they're planning to do it.

Join us at 6:30 for drinks and appetizers. The talk will begin at 7:00 and last for about 45 minutes, with 15 minutes at the end of questions. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by registering online or emailing Bert at bharris@cliftoninstitute.org.


Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Ivy Creek Natural Area - Education Building, Earlysville Road 1780, Charlottesville, Virginia

Dr. Andrea Weeks is an Associate Professor of Biology and the Director of the Ted R. Bradley Herbarium at George Mason University. Dr. Weeks’ research focuses on the systematics, historical biogeography, and evolution of flowering plants, particularly those within the frankincense and myrrh family, Burseraceae. She is interested in testing hypotheses regarding how plant lineages are related, how their extant geographic distributions became established over time, and how their morphological and physiological features evolved.

Hosted by the Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. This event is free and open to the public.


Thursday, December 13th, 2018 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

Novice and experienced birders will enjoy this guided 1-2 mile hike to look for the many species of birds that can be found at The Clifton Institute's field station. We will explore successional fields, meadows, lake edges, and forest. Note that this walk is on a Thursday instead of a Wednesday: this is so that any birds that we find can be counted toward our Christmas Bird Count the following Sunday.

Date and time subject to change based on weather.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please register online or email Bert Harris (bharris@cliftoninstitute.org).


Sunday, December 16th, 2018 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

Join our partners at The Clifton Institute for their annual Christmas Bird Count! We’ll spend the day surveying the birds in their 15-mile-diameter count circle. This is a great way to meet other birders in the area and to see what birds have migrated here for the winter.

This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Bert at bharris@cliftoninstitute.org if you are interested in participating. He will assign you to a team and each team will decide when and where to meet for the day. We’ll wrap up the count with a compilation potluck dinner at 5:30 at their headquarters.


Sunday, December 16th, 2018 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Come to Blandy Experimental Farm for an afternoon of free, bird-centered family activities and crafts. Learn common birds, help with their count, make a bird feeder, and more. Recommended age range 5-14 years with an adult but all are welcome.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. Register online now!


Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

Novice and experienced birders will enjoy this guided 1-2 mile hike to look for the many species of birds that can be found at The Clifton Institute's field station. We will explore successional fields, meadows, lake edges, and forest.

Date and time subject to change based on weather.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please register online or email Bert Harris (bharris@cliftoninstitute.org).


Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Location: Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area, Deepwood Lane 15014, Nokesville, Virginia

With the holiday season upon us, it will soon be time for the 116th Christmas Bird Count, led by the National Audubon Society. The Nokesville Count, sponsored by Prince William Conservation Alliance, covers a 15-mile diameter circle centered on Merrimac Farm WMA.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to join a survey team. Contact PWCA at alliance@pwconserve.org or 703-490-5200.


Friday, December 28th, 2018 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Location: Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Southern Planter Lane 17263, Leesburg, Virginia

Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (LWC) as they participate in National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Begun in 1899, these surveys are held all over North America, with the results used to better understand bird populations and dynamics. LWC's count circle has a 15-mile diameter and covers 177 square miles of Loudoun’s countryside: north to Waterford, south to Aldie, east to Ashburn, and west to Purcellville.

Everyone is welcome; amateurs are teamed with experienced birders. If you are interested in participating for just a couple hours or the entire day, sign up here or contact Joe Coleman at jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org or 540-554-2542.


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