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May 23, 2011
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I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error.
~Sara Stein
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Bird Walks at Merrimac Farm

WHEN: Sunday, May 29... on the last Sunday of every month, beginning at 8:00 am

WHERE: Merrimac Farm, Stone House Visitor Center, 15020 Deepwood Lane

Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and cameras. More info and RSVP (not required) to PWCA , 703.499.4954 or alliance@

Red-winged Blackbird

Although Red-winged Blackbirds like to live mainly in marshes and swamps, they are also known to nest near almost any body of water. They can be found all over the continental United States, and even in parts of Alaska. Read more...

 Earth Art

A piece of the muralNature Mural Unveiling at Merrimac Farm

When: Sunday, May 29, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Merrimac Farm Stone House Visitor Center, 15020 Deepwood Lane

This image shows just a small section of the mural painted by James Gallagher, local artist and President of the Prince William Art Society.

This wonderful mural, approximately five feet wide and three feet tall, will cover one side of the kiosk at Merrimac Farm.

Please join us Sunday afternoon, May 29, for a celebration of art and nature... and help unveil this exciting addition to Merrimac Farm! Artist James Gallagher will be on hand to talk about the mural and answer questions.

  From Deadly to Delicious - The Fungus Among Us

Mushroom1st Thursday Speaker Series

When: Thursday, June 2 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Church, 9350 Main Street, Manassas

Speaker: Jon Ellifritz, Mycological Association of Washington

Mushrooms come in all sorts of shapes, colors and sizes. You can see them everywhere - under trees, in the meadow and on your front lawn.

All are essential for recycling organic materials. Without them, we would be buried in old branches and fallen leaves.

Some mushrooms are a key ingredient in many tasty dishes, perfect for soaking up sauces and dressing up an everyday recipe. But beware of picking your own. Some mushrooms are delicious but others are deadly and it's often difficult to separate look-alike species.

Join us on the first Thursday in June to learn more about the fascinating fungi found in Northern Virginia.

 Tour! Featherstone Refuge
Box Turtle

When: Saturday, June 18, 7:30 pm

Where: Occoquan Town Hall, 314 Mill Street, Town of Occoquan

We'll look for birds and other wildlife, especially butterflies, 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 (not required) to PWCA , 703.499.4954 or alliance(at)

 PechaKucha Nature Night
Racoon on the porch

When: Saturday, June 18, 7:30 pm

Where: Occoquan Town Hall, 314 Mill Street, Town of Occoquan

PechaKucha Nights are informal gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, experiences and thoughts in the PechaKucha 20x20 format.

PechaKucha 20X20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. All the presentations are timed, the slides move forward automatically. Each presentation is a total of six minutes 40 seconds long.

You won't want to miss Nature Night, featuring presentations by:

Mike May - Around the World in 6 Minutes

Ernie Sears - Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge

Amy Wilson - Exploring Nature with Kids

Harry Glasgow - Trees as Infrastructure

Julia Flanagan - Warbler Invasion

Liz Cronauer - Sustainable Trails

Earnie Porta - Transits of Venus

Amy Friends - Louisiana Birds

Mike Crosby - Macro Nature

Kim Hosen - Got Wildlife?

Sandy Jeter - Waterfalls