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Community Report
February 3, 2009


Frogs and Other Amphibians of Northern Virginia

Green Plate Breakfast - From You Backyard to the Bay, Creating Healthy Communities Close to Home

Training Date for Bluebird Trail Volunteers

2nd Annual Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm

Volunteer - Greet Visitors at Merrimac Farm

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I have my own views about Nature's methods, though I feel that it is rather like a beetle giving his opinions upon the Milky Way.
—Sherlock Holmes
Act Locally


Washington Post; January 25 2009
Potomac News; January 31 2009
Time Magazine; January 22 2009
San Diego Union-Tribune; February 3 2009
National Geographic; January 23 2009



Hop to It: Frogs & Other Amphibians of NoVA 

Frogs are coolWhen: Thursday, February 5, 7:30 pm
Where: Bull Run Unitarian Church, 9350 Main Street, Manassas

Alonso Abugattas, Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington, will share information about the most common species found in NoVA, their importance and what you can do to keep them around. We'll also have many live species on hand for you to meet up close and personal!

Although amphibians have been around or about 350 million years, their numbers have been dropping worldwide... a decline that's directly related to humans and our increasing influence on the environment. Virginia has 27 native species of frogs and toads. Of these, 13 can potentially be found in Northern Virginia. Join us on February 4 to find out more about these cool critters that live in our own backyard. This program is part of PWCAs First Thursday Nature Tales series. it is open to the public and free of charge. Click here for more information.

Occoquan Reservoir

Green Plate Breakfast: From Your Backyard to the Bay, Creating Healthy Communities Close to Home

WHEN: Saturday, February 28 at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Wetland Studies & Solutions, 5300 Wellington Branch Drive, Gainesville


Welcoming Remarks - Congressman Gerry Connolly, 11th Congressional District

From Your Backyard to the Bay - Charles Smith, Natural Resource Specialist, Fairfax County

Wrap Up - Occoquan District Supervisor Mike May, Prince William Conservation Alliance Board

Green Building Tour - Mike Rolband, President, Wetland Studies & Solutions


PWCA Partners/Members - $25/person, $40/couple General Public - $30/person or $50/couple

To register, please mail your check and contact information to the Prince William Conservation Alliance at PO Box 6351, Woodbridge, VA 22195 OR click here to register online using our secure server.


Virginia BluebirdTraining Date Scheduled for Bluebird Trail Volunteers

WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Merrimac Farm Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville

You can help keep Bluebirds common and make a real difference in maintaining biodiversity. The newly established Bluebird Trail at Merrimac Farm needs volunteer monitors. Responsibilities include working with others to check the nesting boxes each week and gather data about what's happening at each box. No previous experience is required. Read more...

Virginiai Bluebells at Merrimac Farm2nd Annual Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm

Save the Date!! Bring your family and friends to Merrimac Farm on Saturday, April 11, to welcome spring and view the spectacular display of Virginia Bluebells that carpet the floodplain along Cedar Run for nearly a mile.

Events include a nature art show and naturalist-led tours to Cedar Run, where everyone can learn more about the birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife at Merrimac Farm.

A variety of Northern Virginia environmental organizations will provide displays, including opportunities to meet turtles and other wildlife up close and personal, and activities for children of all ages in the front yard of the Stone House.

This event is sponsored by the Merrimac Farm WMA Conservation Partners: Prince William Conservation Alliance, Marine Corps Base Quantico and the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries. Read more about Virginia Bluebells at Merrimac Farm...

Aerial view of Silver Lake, originally published in the Potomac NewsVolunteer - Greet Visitors at Merrimac Farm

Beginning in March, you can help open the Stone House at Merrimac Farm to visitors. We need volunteers to help staff the Stone House on weekends to greet visitors, provide information about trails and programs, and help develop educational displays.

Qualifications include a cheery personality and an interest in developing a working knowledge of Merrimac Farm habitats and wildlife.

A volunteer training session is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Please email us at for more information or to let us know you're coming. Read more...


Get acquainted with Northern Virginia wildlife... Who's living in your backyard?
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