December 2018
Watershed Calendar
Dear ,
Thanks for supporting NVSWCD's great stream monitoring and community programs in 2018! We are very thankful for all of the community support we receive. Have a safe and happy holiday season, and we look forward to bringing you more stream monitoring sessions or workshops and great community outreach events in 2019.
December Stream Monitoring Events
Broad Run Stream Monitoring Session 
When: Saturday, December 1, 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Bristow
Join a stream monitor at this adopted outdoors science lab to learn more about water quality in Prince William county. Registration is limited. RSVP to Sonnie Cuffey .

Bull Run Stream Monitoring Session 
When: Saturday, December 8, 10:00am-12:30pm
Where: Manassas
Join a stream monitor at this outdoor learning site along Bull Run Trail. Registration is limited. RSVP to Jess Cushman .

Pohick Creek Stream Monitoring Workshop
When: Sunday, December 16, 10:00am-12:30pm
Where: Wadebrook Terrace, Springfield
Join NVSWCD as we discover aquatic life in Pohick Creek! This official NVSWCD stream monitoring workshop covers watershed health, what macroinvertebrates tell us about stream quality, and what you can do to prevent pollution in your local stream. Registration is limited. RSVP to Ashley Palmer .
December Community Events
Beginning Birding Class
When: Saturday, December 1, 9:00-11:00am
Where: Algonkian Park, Sterling
Learn the basics of birding on this family-friendly outing sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Birding combines many pleasures   being outside, the beauty of birds, puzzle solving, collecting, and discovery. We’ll take a short walk and cover field identification of birds, using binoculars effectively, and other tools used in birding.  Registration required .

Walker Nature Center Holiday Open House
When: Sunday, December 2, 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Reston
Bring your family, bring a friend for refreshments, live holiday music by MSE Productions and ornament making with natural materials. There will be on sale items in the Nature Center gift area, handmade, reusable shopping bags from the Virginia Green Baggers and photo opps with mascots Walker the Woodpecker and Myrtle the Turtle, and a special singalong at 2:30 p.m. to share our holiday spirit. For more information, please see the Winter 2018 edition of the Walker Nature Center newsletter Branching Out .

Central Loudoun Christmas Bird Count
When: Friday, December 28
Where : Loudoun County
Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy as we participate in National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Begun in 1899, these surveys are held all over North America, with the results used to better understand bird populations and dynamics. Our count circle has a 15-mile diameter and covers 177 square miles of Loudoun’s countryside: north to Waterford, south to Aldie, east to Ashburn, and west to Purcellville. Everyone is welcome; amateurs are teamed with experienced birders. If you are interested in participating for just a couple hours or the entire day,  sign up here  or contact Joe Coleman.