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Riverbend Family Adventure Offers Nearby Overnight Camping

Riverbend Family Adventure Offers Nearby Overnight Camping

From Fairfax County:

If you’ve been postponing that overnight trip to the woods because gas is so expensive or your schedule is full, consider an adventure closer to home. Families can enjoy a blazing campfire and night hike at Riverbend Park located in Great Falls, VA. Get away from it all right here with the Fairfax County Park Authority!

Volunteers Needs for Geese Management Program

Volunteers Needs for Geese Management Program

From Fairfax County:

        Help control our growing resident Canada geese population in Fairfax County!  Do you have nesting geese on your private or public property?  Would you like to manage these geese due to public safety, human health, or environmental impact concerns?

            Volunteers are needed for the Geese Management Program in April and May. Come join the Fairfax County Wildlife Biologist and participating stakeholders. Volunteers will learn to use a safe and humane technique (addling) to manage resident geese populations. Addling is a simple process applying corn oil on eggs to prevent embryo development.

Park Authority Programs Explore The Night Skies

Park Authority Programs Explore The Night Skies

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

Put your eyes to the skies in the dark this spring.

 

Join local astronomers and search for planets, moons, star nurseries and clusters during Fairfax County Park Authority astronomy programs.

Learning to Live With Coyotes

Learning to Live With Coyotes

From the Reston Association:

Want to know more about coyotes and how they may impact Reston?  Spend an evening learning about coyotes in the Washington, D.C. area with Shannon Pederson of the Wildlife Society.  Ms. Pederson has studied coyotes and written about living with coyotes in the metropolitan area.  Get all your questions answered by an expert. 

Mark your calendars now for the program on Friday, February 4, 2011 from 7-8 p.m. It will be held at the Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.  You’ll need to secure a reservation by February 2.  Call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.  The cost is $5 a person for Reston Association members and $8 a person for non-members.

Nature's Plenty of Kids

From the Reston Association:

Acorns, walnuts and hickory nuts are plentiful in the fall. Go on a seed search and look for animals busily preparing their winter stash. Make a seed craft and taste a yummy fall treat.  The date is Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 from 10 – 11 a.m.  The event will be at the Walker Nature Education Center – 11450 Glade Drive.  Make your reservations by Nov. 15, 2010.  The cost is $5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.  The event is for ages three to five and kids must be accompanied by an adult. For reservations call (703) 476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Be Alert For Deer

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

Police caution motorists to stay alert for deer in the roadways.

Virginia was ranked among the top10 states in the nation for deer/vehicle collisions in 2009. The vast majority of these collisions occur during the deer breeding season between now and early January. Motorists should pay close attention and remain alert at all times, especially at dawn and dusk when deer are active and are likely to be seen quickly entering roadways in herds. Police are posting a mobile sign board on roads where deer/vehicle collisions have been reported in recent weeks, such as Braddock Road and Pleasant Valley Road.

Safety tips for motorists include:

Reston Stream Restoration Exhibit and Walk

This weekend Reston residents and other interested parties will be given a unique opportunity: a chance to tour the timely exhibit on stream restoration with Kelly Petrey of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. Attendees will learn updates on the state of Reston streams and the large renovation program that is now underway to restore these natural resources.

The stream restoration exhibit and walk will be this Saturday, August 7th, at 12 p.m. Guests are invited to the Reston Museum at 1639 Washington Plaza in the Lake Anne Village Historic District at noon to learn about the project and the benefits of stream restoration. Then at 1 p.m. you can join Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. on a field trip to a stream in the Colvin Run watershed of North Reston.