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Talk - Plant Pollinators with Heather Holm
Sunday, February 17, 2019 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Stop Mowing, Start Growing - Native Plants for Beginners
Saturday, February 23, 2019 9am to 2pm

The Rural Crescent: Exploring the Path from Sprawl to Sustainability
Thursday, March 7, from 7 to 9pm

Bluebird Trails Monitoring Training
Saturday, March 16, 10 am to 11:30 am
Sunday, March 17, 10 am to 11:30 am
Saturday, March 23, 10 am to 11:30 am

Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm WMA
Last Sunday of every month beginning at 8:00am... except for December, when we host the Nokesville Christmas Bird Count.

Questions? Contact PWCA at 703.490.5200, alliance@pwconserve.org

Talk - Plant Pollinators with Heather Holm

When:
Sunday, February 17, 2019, from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Where:Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams Street, Manassas Park, directions

Mountain MintHeather Holm is the award-winning author of several books including Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide. She spends much of her time educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them.

Heather's first book, Pollinators of Native Plants, published in 2014, helped establish her as a knowledgeable resource on the interactions between native bees and native plants. Her latest book, Bees, published in 2017, has won five book awards.

The Rural Crescent: Exploring the Path from Sprawl to Sustainability

When:
Thursday, March 7, from 7 to 9pm

Where: Northern Virginia Community College Manassas Campus, Colgan Theater 6901 Sudley Rd, Manassas, Free Parking! directions

Bring your questions and ideas.

Sponsored by Prince William Conservation Alliance, Northern Virginia Community College and MidCounty Civic Association with Nokesville Civic Association, Coalition to Protect Prince William, Lake Ridge Occoquan Coles Civic Association, and Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association

Mountain MintIn 1998 PWC Supervisors adopted a Comprehensive Plan that formally established an urban growth boundary, the Rural Crescent. Their intent was to strengthen the County’s capacity to control urban sprawl.

An urban growth boundary is designed to accomplish many goals, including to safeguard open space and agricultural land from sprawl development. They also seek to encourage smart growth and provide predictable approaches to capital investment and development.

After 20 years, the basic concept of Prince William's urban growth boundary is still in place. By continuing to support the Rural Crescent, county leaders can promote investment in areas that might otherwise be left behind and put the county in the best position for a positive future.

Speakers include:

  • Tom Eitler is the Senior Vice President for the Urban Land Institute and former PWC Chief of Long-range Planning when the Rural Crescent was adopted.
  • Mike May is the managing partner of May Law LLP and served on the Occoquan District on the Board of Supervisors from 2007 to 2016.
Bluebird Trails Monitoring Training

When:
Saturday, March 16, 10 am to 11:30 am
Sunday, March 17, 10 am to 11:30 am
Saturday, March 23, 10 am to 11:30 am

Where:
March 16: Veteran's Park, Directions
March 17: Chinn Park, Directions
March 23: Merrimac Farm, Directions

RSVP required to alliance@pwconserve.org or (703) 490-5200.

 

Bluebird Trails are open for business this spring! Are you interested in monitoring bluebird nesting boxes? Then come join us for the bluebird monitoring training sessions! The bluebird trail needs volunteers to periodically visit the nesting boxes and record information about the happenings of each nesting box.

You can help, and learn too! Bluebird population resurgence is the product of many people working hard to bring back these birds to our region. Bluebird nesting boxes provide a safe, secure place for bluebirds to remain hidden from predators and discourage competition from other species. You can learn more about bluebird nesting boxes by clicking HERE.

Stop Mowing, Start Growing - Native Plants for Beginners

When:
Saturday, February 23, 2019 9am to 2pm

Where: McCoart Administration Building 1 County Complex Court Woodbridge, directions

RSVP Required! Register online here.

Mountain MintWhether you are new native plants and what they can do for your property or looking for alternative landscaping ideas this event is for you! Native plants create a beautiful yard, create habitat for birds and pollinators, save money on fertilizer and pesticides, improve water quality, and curb erosion.

View the program agenda here and register to attend here. The cost of the event is $15 which covers coffee and donuts, lunch, and materials.

Sponsored by: Prince William Conservation Alliance , Prince William County Watershed Management Branch, Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Native Plant Society and Plant NOVA Natives

Bird Walks at Merrimac Farm WMA

When: On the last Sunday of every month at 8am (except December when we sponsor the Nokesville Christmas Bird Count)

Where: Meet at Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville

Phoebe by Julia FlanaganWe'll look for birds as we travel through the uplands to the edge of the floodplain, covering a variety of habitats, including open fields and woodland edges. Everyone is welcome.

Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and cameras. More info and RSVP (appreciated) to PWCA , 703.499.4954 or alliance@pwconserve.org.

View the bird list for Merrimac Farm HERE.

 

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Prince William Conservation Alliance is a nonprofit watershed organization serving Prince William and surrounding communities. We're working to explore, enjoy and protect our natural areas, and increase community involvement in stewardship opportunities.