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Community Report - June 2, 2010
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Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge 
I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
—Joseph Addison
In the News
Washington Post; May 30 2010
News & Messenger; May 31 2010
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   Planting for Wildlife: Backyard Habitats &       Beyond
Backyard RacoonPWCA 1st Thursday Speaker Series

When: Thursday, June 3 at 7:30 pm
Where: Bull Run Unitarian Church,9350 Main Street, Manassas
Speaker: Julia Flanagan, Nature Photographer and PWC Arborist

Learn how normal suburban development affects native plant and animal populations... and how something as simple as "Going Native" in your backyard can make a significant difference.
Creating wildlife habitats with native plants improves the appearance of backyards and attracts a surprising variety of wildlife. Just a few days ago, a Southern Flying Squirrel and immature Barred Owl were sighted at dusk in a  quarter-acre lot subdivision off Old Bridge Road.
Bring your success stories and questions! Julia's presentation is sure to generate an interesting and lively conversation. 
  Nature Journaling at Merrimac Farm 
Carolina SatyrWhen: Sunday, June 13 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Where: Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area, Stone House Visitor Center, 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville
Leaders: Linda Johnston and Kathy Madsen
Registration: $5/participant fee; email or call 703.499.4954 with questions and to register.
Have you ever had a great outdoor adventure that you wanted to describe in words and illustrations?  Come join us as we explore Merrimac Farm and the many ways to preserve your memories in a nature journal.
We'll take a short discovery walk, then return to the Stone House to create our Nature Journals. You'll learn how to tap into your creative side using various techniques and materials
We'll have colored pencils, watercolors and other media for you to try. A basic journal will be provided or you may bring your own.
This is a great family activity - all ages welcome!
   Save the date...
4th Sunday Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm
When: Sunday, June 27, 8:00 am
Where: Meet at the North Parking Lot, 14712 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville
Featherstone National Wildlife Tour
When: Saturday, July 3, at 8:00 am
Where: Meet at the Rippon VRE parking lot at the end of Farm Creek Drive, Woodbridge
For more information and to RSVP, contact the Prince William Conservation Alliance at 703.499.4954 or