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The ground-level view of great blue heron nests. Photo by Rentz Hilyer, NVCT
Jason Samenow
Jason Samenow
NVCT's conservation lunch a big success
Talking weather at conservation lunch
Jason Samenow, founder of The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, was the featured speaker at NVCT's conservation lunch last week. It was a well-timed look at local weather changes and impact--just days before our spring snow event. Other speakers were Kathy Baker from Stafford County, and Virginia Senator Barbara Favola.
Click to see photos from the lunch.
monitoring nest count
Heronry nest count
Great Blue Heron nest count is up
The number of great blue herons nesting at NVCT's Heronry in Stafford County has increased. The annual count of nests in late January at the Heronry, adjacent to the Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve, showed a 15% increase in the past year to 260 nests. The nest count is done each winter when the giant nests high up in the trees are easily visible. Timing is important because the birds started to lay their eggs this month and they are vulnerable to disruption from human presence.
Click here to learn more about the annual nest count.
Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. to noon
December work day 
December work day
Workday at Little Hunting Creek
Join us for a cleanup removing invasive plants and trail work at NVCT's 2-acre conservation property along Little Hunting Creek, just across the water from Mount Vernon.
  • Wear sturdy shoes you don't mind getting dirty, long pants, and long sleeves;
  • Bring work gloves (if you prefer your own), hat, sunscreen, bug spray, and a water bottle;
  • NVCT will provide gloves and some tools, but feel free to bring loppers or snips if you have them.
Sponsored by NVCT and the Friends of Little Hunting Creek.
Reserve your spot with Rentz Hilyer at rhilyer@nvct.org or call 703-354-5093 
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703-354-5093  |  4022-A Hummer Rd. Annandale, VA 22003  | email info@nvct.org