Saturday, February 08, 2014

Upcoming events at Bull Run Mountains Conservancy‏

Bull Run Mountains Conservancy
February 8th—Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. BRMC is excited to expand our Old Home Site Program with a winter hike to cemeteries and old home sites well off the beaten path. If you ever wanted to explore more of the preserve beyond the trails this is your chance.
Pre-registration required.
Members: $20/non: $25
February 25th—Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains, VA Join us for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and lively conversation as we celebrate another year as educators, researchers, and stewards of the Bull Run Mountains. We are fortunate this year to have Michael Lipford, State Director for Virginia of The Nature Conservancy, as our keynote speaker.
Cost: $50/person
March 1st—Saturday, 5–9 p.m. Join BRMC and Environmental Studies on the Piedmont for an evening stroll and sit to enjoy the American woodcocks’ spring territorial and courtship flights. We will meet at Clifton Farm at 5 p.m. to watch American woodcocks perform flight displays that would amaze any world traveling birder. Pre-registration required.
Members: $10/non: $15
HOPEWELL OBSERVATORY March 1st—Saturday, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Join us for an evening of stargazing at Hopewell Observatory. Jupiter and some spectacular deep sky objects (Orion nebula and the Pleiades) will be up in the night sky. Dress warmly. Bring flashlights (red light preferred but not necessary) and water. Event subject to clear skies.
Space is limited. Pre-Registration required.
Members: $15/non: $20
March 5th—Wednesday, 7–9 p.m. Last year we found hundreds of spring peepers, upland chorus frogs, wood frogs, and spotted salamanders along with lots of egg masses. Grab your red lights and boots. Let’s see what we can find this year!
Pre-registration required.
Members: $10/non: $15
April 26th—Saturday, 8:30–11 a.m. Go beyond the trails with BRMC as we explore cemeteries, foundations, and clearings that mark past residences. Then enjoy a hot breakfast in the woods as Marcia Markey, a local historian, performs an historical reenactment based on diaries, letters, and other primary sources. Space is limited and spots fill early.
Pre-registration required.
Members: $25/non: $30
May 17th—Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
BRMC is excited to offer our first ever Mountain Laurel Exploration Hike. We will seek out our most heath-dominated, mountain laurel-covered, huckleberry and blueberry havens on the Preserve. With any luck we’ll see some blooms, too!
Pre-Registration required.
Members: $20/non: $25
This winter and spring we will continue hosting a series of classes for homeschoolers. Each will provide an engaging learning activity in the outdoors. Cost: $5 per participant including adults. Pre-registration required.
Birdhouse Workshop:
February 12th—Wednesday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Learn about cavity-nesting birds’ habits and habitats. Build a birdhouse and help increase their populations. All supplies will be provided to build cedar bluebird boxes. There is an additional charge of $20 per participant for this program to cover supplies and preparation. Best for 3rd grade and up.
Amphibian Life Cycles
March 5th—Wednesday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. The Bull Run Mountains are home to spotted salamanders, eastern red spotted newts, spring peepers, upland chorus frogs, and wood frogs. Join us as we learn how the life stages of these unique organisms are adapted for survival as both adults and juveniles.
March 19th—Wednesday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Join BRMC as we investigate the geology of the Bull Run Mountains in an effort to gain an understanding of the geologic processes that have occurred here over the past billion years.
Spring Discovery Hike
April 23rd—Wednesday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Join a BRMC naturalist as you discover the natural and cultural history of the Bull Run Mountains. We will spend time in the field learning a little about the natural history of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals on the mountains.
Freshwater Ecology
May 14th—Wednesday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Join BRMC for an introduction to the dynamics, relationships, and productivity of freshwater communities. Be prepared to get your feet wet as we will conduct macro-invertebrate sampling and determine the overall stream health of Catlett’s Branch on the Preserve.
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