Upcoming Events

January 24th, 2019 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: National Wildlife Federation, Wildlife Center Drive 11100, Reston, Virginia, United States
Category: Workshops

Join Greg Butcher, Audubon Society of Northern Virginia board member and migratory species coordinator for U.S. Forest Service International Programs, for an introduction to waterfowl identification. Get to know many of the species that winter in the open waters of our region. You’ll learn how to tell a Bufflehead from a Hooded Merganser, and, with luck, you will see the beautiful Tundra Swans that winter in our area. Strategies will include identification by shape and color pattern.

This workshop will include an outdoor field trip and bird walk on Saturday, January 26—details will be given in class.

After the workshop and field trip, you’ll be ready to rally for a tally during our 11th Annual Waterfowl Count, Saturday, February 9, and Sunday, February 10.

This event is free, but space is limited (30 max).

January 25th, 2019 12:00 AM – January 27th, 2019 11:59 PM
Location: Princess Anne Recreation Center, Nimmo Parkway 1400, Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Category: Uncategorized

This 3-day festival celebrates Virginia’s coastal winter wildlife. Keynote speaker, John Marzluff, Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, will present “Welcome to Subirdia”. There will also be an exhibit hall, walk-up workshops, children’s activities, and 3 days of outdoor field trips to view seabirds, waterfowl, owls, marine mammals, and more!

January 25th, 2019 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia, United States
Category: Workshops

Night sky photography has become popular, but to be successful there are special techniques to learn. Join The Clifton Institute for an evening of instruction and practice. We will cover a basic introduction into the equipment and techniques, and outside practice. 

To RSVP: Please email Alison at or register online (

January 26th, 2019 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Blandy Experimental Farm, Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, Virginia, United States
Category: Uncategorized

Join our partners at Blandy Experimental Farm for their 8th annual seed swap and information exchange.

If you’re a home garden seed saver or have some extra commercially grown seeds left from last year’s planting, bring them to the Blandy Seed Exchange. Even if you don’t have seeds to share, you’re encouraged to participate. Gardeners are always happy to share their knowledge and harvest with others. We just ask that you exercise restraint (5–10 packets) so everyone can get some seeds to take home.

This event is free and open to the public.

January 26th, 2019 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Category: Walk & Talk

Birds of prey increase dramatically in number during the winter. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a class by Liam McGranaghan on identifying birds of prey. After a break for lunch the group will reconvene as we drive Loudoun County’s back roads to search for winter raptors. Space is limited so please register early.

Fee: $15 for non-members, $10 for members. Registration required. All participants will be sent details on the class and field trip after registration.

January 31st, 2019 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Royal Lake, Pommeroy Drive 5216, Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Category: Nature Walk

The Lake has proven productive for winter waterfowl, while the trail around it has been good for kinglets and woodpeckers. Phil Silas leads for the Northern Virginia Bird Club.

Getting there: From I-495 take exit to VA-620, Braddock Road going west and continue 2.36 miles. Turn left onto Rt 651 Guinea Road and continue 0.64 miles. Stay straight at intersection with Commonwealth Blvd (do not turn left to follow Guinea Rd.) Go 0.4 mile and turn left on Pommeroy Dr and then turn right at the intersection with Bronte Dr. to the entrance leading to the parking lot. 

February 2nd, 2019 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: National Wildlife Federation, Wildlife Center Drive 11100, Reston, Virginia, United States
Category: Workshops

Get ready for the 2019 Great Backyard Bird Count on February 15-18 by attending the GBBC Workshop, hosted by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia! This free workshop will teach you how to count and how to report your count, and then some “real time” practice. Registration required. 

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

February 2nd, 2019 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Piedmont Environmental Council HQ, Horner Street 45, Warrenton, Virginia, United States
Category: Seminar

Join the Piedmont Environmental Council and Dr. Belinda Burwell of Wildlife Veterinary Care to learn about what our local wildlife does in the winter and how you can help them in your own backyard! Dr. Burwell will bring the rescue's education animals for show and tell, and wildlife habitat & stewardship specialist Celia Vuocolo will give a tour of the native plant landscaping project at PEC's headquarters.

February 2nd, 2019 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, Virginia 193 7400, McLean, Virginia, United States
Category: Nature Walk

The Audubon Naturalist Society is reprising this popular field trip to help birders learn to recognize the field marks of many common trees through binoculars. The outdoor classroom will be Scott’s Run Nature Preserve near McLean, VA, where Stephanie Mason will lead the identification of trees in their winter aspect, all the while keeping our eyes and ears open for birds moving amongst them. Free, but registration required.

February 14th, 2019 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Green Spring Gardens, Green Spring Road 4603, Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Category: Uncategorized

Expert field botanist and Virginia Native Plant Society Potowmack member Margaret Chatham will present her photographs of Lepidoptera and their host plants. 2010 was a good year for butterfly photographs around here and Margaret took a lot of pictures that year. Then she wanted to know who they were and what they ate. No year since has offered her quite as many butterflies, but every season brings something new, so now she wants to share them.

February 19th, 2019 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Leopold’s Preserve at Villages of Piedmont, Thoroughfare Road 16290, Broad Run, Virginia, United States
Category: Nature Walk

Join the Virginia Native Plant Society at Leopold’s Preserve at Villages of Piedmont for a morning nature walk. There may not be anything in bloom, but there’s always something interesting to see in nature! Consider these walks to be group discovery hikes where we learn from each other and enjoy being outdoors.

February 22nd, 2019 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Place 1, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Category: Conference


Join industry experts as they explore creative design solutions that address the challenges and opportunities associated with diverse landscapes.  Whether you’re a home gardener interested in creating biodiverse habitats for your backyard or a landscape architect designing a public space for community gatherings, you’ll walk away with new and practical strategies.  Experts will share lessons learned from designing a range of landscapes from commercial and private residences to community engagement and public accessible projects.

Keynote speaker, Doug Tallamy, will talk about Designing for Diverse Habitats will help you make a compelling argument whether to your spouse or future client as to why we can no longer exempt our landscapes from creating functional ecosystems. Additional presentations by: Jack Sullivan, Sandra Youssef Clinton, and Noel Kingsbury.

February 22nd, 2019 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: The Hill School Performing Arts Center, South Madison Street 130, Middleburg, Virginia, United States
Category: Film Screening

Narrated by award-winning journalist Tom Brokaw, this film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and debuted on the Discovery Channel in August 2017. The Goose Creek Association and the Land Trust of Virginia bring you: "Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman", the acclaimed film based on the book by Miriam Horn of the Environmental Defense Fund. This event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged.

February 23rd, 2019 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Daniel Technology Center at Germanna Community College, Technology Drive 18121, Culpeper, Virginia, United States
Category: Conference

The Piedmont Environmental Council is proud to be one of the conference organizers. A variety of break-out sessions appeal to new and experienced owners, as well as owners of small and large woodlots. Representatives from Virginia's natural resource agencies are also available to inform participants of the services available to them.

This all-day conference:
* is for owners of large or small tracts of land;
* is a one stop/first stop for individuals, families, and managers wanting to learn more about woods, wildlife, and other natural resources;
* provides multiple links to information, sources of assistance, and a better understanding of the natural resources around you;
* will explore a myriad of forestry and wildlife issues relevant to woodland owners.

For more information, visit Virginia Tech's Forest Landowner Education Program website:

March 2nd, 2019 4:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia, United States
Category: Nature Walk

The American Woodcock is one of our stealthiest birds, but it’s also one of the most fun to watch when they do show themselves. Join The Clifton Institute at 4:45PM to hear a brief talk about these interesting birds. We will then go out into our fields where we will be able to watch and hear the birds perform. Cost $10 per person at the door. Register online

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