Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Bugs, Bluebells & Fun Family Events

Prince William Conservation Alliance
Community Report
June 4 2012

IN THIS ISSUEAttack of the Insects

Volunteer! Bluebell Festival Prep Day April 6

Bluebell Festival April 7!

Rain Barrell Raffle at the Bluebell Festival!
Tickets are $5/each or 5 for $20. Email us to buy tickets in advance! You don't have to be present at the drawing to win.

Proceeds benefit stewardship and education programs at Merrimac Farm.

Attack of the Insects: Emerald Ash Borer, Walnut Twig Beetle and PW Trees
1st Thursday Speaker Series

When: Thursday, April 4, 7:30-9:00pm

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

Speaker: Rachel Habig, Prince William County Forester

Two new invasive exotic insects are threatening the trees of Prince William County. Emerald ash borer and the walnut twig beetle (carrier of Thousand Canker Disease) have both been found in PWC, and are in the early stages of killing all ash, black walnut, and butternut trees. PWC is under quarantine for both insects.

Come learn about the life cycle of these insects, their potential for damage in the county, what is being done about them and why those odd blue triangles are hanging in local ash trees!

Volunteer for the Bluebell Festival
When: April 6, 10:00am to 2:00pm

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

Help us get ready for the Bluebell Festival! Work day tasks include clearing and mowing, cleaning the Stone House, arranging outdoor activities and sprucing up the grounds.

For more info, please call us at 703-499-4954 or email alliance@pwconserve.org. RSVP appreciated but not required.

Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm
Sunday, April 7, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Merrimac Farm Stone House Visitor Center, 15020 Deepwood Lane

Please join us to welcome spring and view the spectacular display of Virginia Bluebells that carpet the floodplain along Cedar Run for nearly a mile.
Some of the finest naturalists in NoVA will lead you to the Bluebells and talk about plants, wildlife and history along the way. There's even a tour especially for kids.

Displays and activities around the Stone House will highlight local wildlife and natural areas. Come to see more about MCB Quantico's efforts to protect environmental resources, Friends of Potomac River Refuges activities at Occoquan Bay NWR, DGIF's animal skulls and pelts, aquatic critters and more!

A bake sale and raffle for a rain barrel hand-painted by local artist James Gallagher will benefit stewardship projects at Merrimac Farm round out the event. Concessions and food from N.C. Ribs on Wheels will be available for purchase.

Prince William Conservation Alliance

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