Virginia Outdoors Foundation

Virginia Outdoors Foundation The Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve (BRMNAP) is a 2,283 acre property owned and operated by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF).

BRMNAP is actively managed to protect its unique ecology, while maximizing its scientific/educational potential.

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Happy Monday everyone! ๐ŸฅดIn an attempt to offer a healing-humor-balm to for everyone's Monday blues, VOF Preserve Manager...
07/19/2021

Happy Monday everyone! ๐Ÿฅด

In an attempt to offer a healing-humor-balm to for everyone's Monday blues, VOF Preserve Manager Joe Villari, sent along this #diptychmeme for today's #memonday ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

#preservememe #dankmeme #naturememe #memes #wildlifememe

๐Ÿฆ‡Have you ever seen a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) get its forearm measured and 'bejeweled'? ๐Ÿฆ‡VOF Preserve Manage...
07/16/2021

๐Ÿฆ‡Have you ever seen a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) get its forearm measured and 'bejeweled'? ๐Ÿฆ‡

VOF Preserve Manager, Joe Villari, was recently fortunate enough to participate in some bat science at the nearby Sky Meadows State Park.

This banding/recapture study is being led by Dr. Karen Powers and Rick Reynolds, along with their enthusiastic team of researchers at Radford University (@radfordu) Virginia's Deparment of Wildlife Resources (@virginiawildlife), respectively.

Help us thank them for keeping tabs on our local bat population! We hope to share more of their work as things advance ๐Ÿฆ‡

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#batscience #batsofinstagram #wildlife #fieldstudy #mammology

๐Ÿ€ Desperately seeking (wood)rats ๐Ÿ€Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources  and Radford University researchers joined f...
07/13/2021

๐Ÿ€ Desperately seeking (wood)rats ๐Ÿ€

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources and Radford University researchers joined forces with VOF Preserve staff this week to see if we could document the Allegheny woodrat (Neotoma magister) here within the Bull Run Mountains chain!

Fingerscrossed ๐Ÿคž

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#fieldstudies #wildlifescience #preserve #bullrunmountains

A topical #mememonday submission that was created by our (apparently tired ๐Ÿ˜…) VOF Preserve Manager, Joe Villari, who is ...
07/12/2021

A topical #mememonday submission that was created by our (apparently tired ๐Ÿ˜…) VOF Preserve Manager, Joe Villari, who is out on the Preserve this Monday with DWR Staff helping us discover if Bull Run Mountains is home to any Allegheny woodrats (Neotoma magister).

Stay tuned to our IG stories for more content related to this weekend's joint bioblitz held at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation and Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources woodrat study!

#preservememes #naturememes #dankmeme #juicymeme #naturedoesntstopsowecanteither

A topical #mememonday submission that was created by our (apparently tired ๐Ÿ˜…) VOF Preserve Manager, Joe Villari, who is out on the Preserve this Monday with DWR Staff helping us discover if Bull Run Mountains is home to any Allegheny woodrats (Neotoma magister).

Stay tuned to our IG stories for more content related to this weekend's joint bioblitz held at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation and Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources woodrat study!

#preservememes #naturememes #dankmeme #juicymeme #naturedoesntstopsowecanteither

Our joint 2021 Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF) Bioblitz was officially kicked off by a beautiful morning chorus of g...
07/10/2021

Our joint 2021 Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF) Bioblitz was officially kicked off by a beautiful morning chorus of grassland birds!

Head on over to our Instagram account (@bullrunmountains) to WATCH OUR "STORIES" to FOLLOW ALONG WITH US as the day progresses! ๐Ÿค“

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#bioblitz #science #conservation #fieldbiology #wildlife #restoration #learn #landscape

Our joint 2021 Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF) Bioblitz was officially kicked off by a beautiful morning chorus of grassland birds!

Head on over to our Instagram account (@bullrunmountains) to WATCH OUR "STORIES" to FOLLOW ALONG WITH US as the day progresses! ๐Ÿค“

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#bioblitz #science #conservation #fieldbiology #wildlife #restoration #learn #landscape

Happy 4th from our aesthetically rugged Jackson Hollow water spigot ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari
07/04/2021

Happy 4th from our aesthetically rugged Jackson Hollow water spigot ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

Happy 4th from our aesthetically rugged Jackson Hollow water spigot ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

Have safe and fun adventures this weekend - and remember to be kind to wildlife! ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari
07/03/2021

Have safe and fun adventures this weekend - and remember to be kind to wildlife! ๐Ÿข

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

Have safe and fun adventures this weekend - and remember to be kind to wildlife! ๐Ÿข

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

VOF Cultural History Interpreter Barinaale Dube, recently visited her hometown of Houston, Texas just in time for Junete...
07/01/2021

VOF Cultural History Interpreter Barinaale Dube, recently visited her hometown of Houston, Texas just in time for Juneteenth. June 19th, 1865 is the day the Black people enslaved in Galveston, Texas found out that the Emancipation Proclamation freed them two years prior. The news soon spread all throughout Texas.

Barinaale found out that one of the founding fathers of Freedmanโ€™s Town, or the area of Houston where these freed Black people originally settled actually came from Virginia! Rev. John Henry Jack Yates came to Texas with his family and their enslavers from the Manassas area (not far from the Preserve)!

She was able to visit Olivewood Cemetery (@descendantsofolivewood ), the oldest Black cemetery in the city of Houston where many of those original people are buried and spent Juneteenth cleaning up the cemetery and enjoying the personal histories from their descendants!

๐Ÿ“ท: Barinaale Dube

#juneteenth #makinghistoryourstory #olivewoodcemetery #texashistory #virginiahistory #historiccemeteries #localhistorymatters

Head on over to our blog to learn more about Team Andean Ssssnaileter's recent participation in Reserva: Youth Land Trus...
06/30/2021

Head on over to our blog to learn more about Team Andean Ssssnaileter's recent participation in Reserva: Youth Land Trust's (@reservaylt) 5k #runfortherainforest event !

SPOILER ALERT: A timber rattlesnake made an appearance ๐Ÿ

๐Ÿ“ท: Michael J.W. Carr

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT:Have strong GIS skills, and a penchant for wildlife, research, community, and land management? If yes, ...
06/29/2021

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT:

Have strong GIS skills, and a penchant for wildlife, research, community, and land management?

If yes, apply today to land your DREAM JOB as part of VOF's dynamic Preserve team! ๐Ÿ˜Š

#conservationcareers #stem #sciencejobs #landmanagement #wildlifework #gisjobs

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT:

Have strong GIS skills, and a penchant for wildlife, research, community, and land management?

If yes, apply today to land your DREAM JOB as part of VOF's dynamic Preserve team! ๐Ÿ˜Š

#conservationcareers #stem #sciencejobs #landmanagement #wildlifework #gisjobs

Some photos of "Team DragonHunter" from yesterday's odonate (dragonflies and damselfies) count that was organized by our...
06/27/2021

Some photos of "Team DragonHunter" from yesterday's odonate (dragonflies and damselfies) count that was organized by our friends over at the @clifton.institute!

What an absolute blast with a fun group of people! Over 51 species were collectively recorded. More info to come on a future blogpost!

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#communityscience #dragonflybigday #odonatecount #teamdragonhunter

VOF Preserve Specialist, Summers Cleary, recently visited Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska (@denalinps) and h...
06/25/2021

VOF Preserve Specialist, Summers Cleary, recently visited Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska (@denalinps) and had the fortune to experentially learn about the management of Denali and experience landscapes of enormous proportions while backpacking through the tundra.

Summers found out that Denali staff manage their 6 million acres in many ways that are very similar to how we manage our own 2,500 acres.

For example, accessing the majority of the park is a tightly controlled experience (similar to our own Preserve) to reduce the human impact on fragile natural ecosystems.

There is only one 92 mile road in the entirety of Denali, and visitors can drive a private vehicle on only the first 15 miles. All other areas off the road are only accessed by the Park's bus system.

Stay tuned for more of Summers' experiences in Denali National Park โ›ฐ

๐Ÿ“ท: Summers Cleary

#landmanagement #landconservation #habitat #naturalareas

Thanks to Carl Hood and his students at Prince William County's Alvey Elementary School for reintroducing 17 more brook ...
06/24/2021

Thanks to Carl Hood and his students at Prince William County's Alvey Elementary School for reintroducing 17 more brook trout fry into Catharpin Creek!

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#livinglaboratory #troutrientroduction #troutintheclassroom #troutunlimited #experentialeducation

Check out this cool biking/walking project in Waynesboro from our latest grant recipient, the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle ...
06/22/2021
New biking trails to come to Waynesboroโ€™s Sunset Park

Check out this cool biking/walking project in Waynesboro from our latest grant recipient, the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC).

The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition recently received $12,000 from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation that will go toward planning for natural biking and walking trails in Waynesboroโ€™s Sunset Park.

A fan of dragonflies?Our friends and partners over at The Clifton Institute (@clifton.institute) have organized a local ...
06/22/2021

A fan of dragonflies?

Our friends and partners over at The Clifton Institute (@clifton.institute) have organized a local dragonfly "Big Day" count and we just couldn't be anymore excited!

Whether you are an Odonata expert or an enthused novice, this going to be something to not miss!

For sign ups, head to their events page here: https://cliftoninstitute.org/event/dragonfly-count/

๐Ÿ“ท: Sarah Causey

#dragonfly #damselfly #odonata #bigday #creaturecount #communityscience

A fan of dragonflies?

Our friends and partners over at The Clifton Institute (@clifton.institute) have organized a local dragonfly "Big Day" count and we just couldn't be anymore excited!

Whether you are an Odonata expert or an enthused novice, this going to be something to not miss!

For sign ups, head to their events page here: https://cliftoninstitute.org/event/dragonfly-count/

๐Ÿ“ท: Sarah Causey

#dragonfly #damselfly #odonata #bigday #creaturecount #communityscience

From left, Delegate Delores McQuinn 70th District joined VOF Executive Director Brett Glymph and VOF Trustee Viola Baske...
06/21/2021

From left, Delegate Delores McQuinn 70th District joined VOF Executive Director Brett Glymph and VOF Trustee Viola Baskerville at a Juneteenth celebration at the Cemeteries at Evergreen Saturday with our partners at the Enrichmond Foundation, Black Coalition Of Change, and Baptist Ministers Conference of Richmond & Vicinity. Thank you to everyone who attended.

From left, Delegate Delores McQuinn 70th District joined VOF Executive Director Brett Glymph and VOF Trustee Viola Baskerville at a Juneteenth celebration at the Cemeteries at Evergreen Saturday with our partners at the Enrichmond Foundation, Black Coalition Of Change, and Baptist Ministers Conference of Richmond & Vicinity. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Beauty is all around us ๐ŸŒŽHappy Summer Solstice to all and happy Father's day to ALL of the dad's out there - not just th...
06/20/2021

Beauty is all around us ๐ŸŒŽ

Happy Summer Solstice to all and happy Father's day to ALL of the dad's out there - not just the human ones! ๐Ÿ’š

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#solstice #family #fathersday #life #seasons #earth #nature

Beauty is all around us ๐ŸŒŽ

Happy Summer Solstice to all and happy Father's day to ALL of the dad's out there - not just the human ones! ๐Ÿ’š

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#solstice #family #fathersday #life #seasons #earth #nature

Happy Juneteenth everybody! ๐ŸฅณAlso known as emancipation day, today commemorates the day in 1865 that the last remaining ...
06/19/2021

Happy Juneteenth everybody! ๐Ÿฅณ

Also known as emancipation day, today commemorates the day in 1865 that the last remaining enslaved people in America (specifically Texas) llearned that they were now free!

To celebrate, our Preserve Manager, Joe Villari, stepped off of Bull Run mountains and moseyed on over to Eva J. Walker Community Park in Warrenton for the 1st annual Juneteenth event here in Fauquier County, co-sponsered by our friends and partners at the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County - Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County VA. !

Stay tuned to learn how our Cultural History Interpreter, Barinaale Dube, happened to spend her Juneteenth in Houston, Texas!

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#juneteenth #emancipationday #freedomday #jubileeday #americanhistory #texashistory #virginiahistory #blackhistory #ourhistory #makinghistoryourstory

We are currently looking for a VOF Natural Sssscience Fellow๐Ÿ#voffellowship #science #herpetology #wildlifecareers #wild...
06/18/2021

We are currently looking for a VOF Natural Sssscience Fellow๐Ÿ

#voffellowship #science #herpetology #wildlifecareers #wildlifefunding #wildlifejobs #snakeresearch

We are currently looking for a VOF Natural Sssscience Fellow๐Ÿ

#voffellowship #science #herpetology #wildlifecareers #wildlifefunding #wildlifejobs #snakeresearch

Preserve toad ๐Ÿธ doing his best to hide from passing hikers this Sunday ๐Ÿ˜†#herpetology #sunday #hikes #toadsofinstagram #n...
06/13/2021

Preserve toad ๐Ÿธ doing his best to hide from passing hikers this Sunday ๐Ÿ˜†

#herpetology #sunday #hikes #toadsofinstagram #nature

With our mountain landscape now awash in its summer wardrobe of vibrant leafy green, do remember to keep your eyes open ...
06/11/2021

With our mountain landscape now awash in its summer wardrobe of vibrant leafy green, do remember to keep your eyes open and your mind in tune to the jaw dropping variety of natural patterns and textures displayed by our natural flora ๐ŸŒฟ

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#nativeplants #flora #environmentalart #foundart #landscape #nature #wonder

With our mountain landscape now awash in its summer wardrobe of vibrant leafy green, do remember to keep your eyes open and your mind in tune to the jaw dropping variety of natural patterns and textures displayed by our natural flora ๐ŸŒฟ

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#nativeplants #flora #environmentalart #foundart #landscape #nature #wonder

Thanks to Chris Mills at Loudoun County's Hillside Elementary, and all his young trout professionals and their families,...
06/08/2021

Thanks to Chris Mills at Loudoun County's Hillside Elementary, and all his young trout professionals and their families, who came out this past Sunday to release 46 native brook trout fry and making this #trouttuesday possible! ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#troutintheclassroom #troutunlimited #experentiallearning #getoutside #livinglaboratory

Happy #mememonday everyone! ๐Ÿ˜ŽThis fresh one was created and submitted by our Preserve Specialist, Summers Cleary ๐Ÿ˜ŠSittin...
06/08/2021

Happy #mememonday everyone! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

This fresh one was created and submitted by our Preserve Specialist, Summers Cleary ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sitting here wondering where Summers and that cute opossum went cross?! ๐Ÿค”

#meme #preservememes #dankmemes #freshmemes #naturememes #naturehumor

Happy #mememonday everyone! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

This fresh one was created and submitted by our Preserve Specialist, Summers Cleary ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sitting here wondering where Summers and that cute opossum went cross?! ๐Ÿค”

#meme #preservememes #dankmemes #freshmemes #naturememes #naturehumor

This past Saturday our Preserve Manager, Joe Villari, got together some folks and joined in our friends and partners, Re...
06/06/2021

This past Saturday our Preserve Manager, Joe Villari, got together some folks and joined in our friends and partners, Reserva: The Youth Land Trust 5k into a 3.89 mile mini-bioblitz through the Preserve.

With an impressive "worldwide collective" of 716 runners, hikers, and walkers - @reservaylt was able to raise a total of $29,490.00 USD and preserve 1,769,400 square feet of forest!

Joe's group (Team Andean Ssssnaileater) decided to complete a snake shaped route in honor of the Andean snaileater (Dipsas andiana) snake (route is in the 2nd photo tile).

So... what did Joe and his team encounter? Check it out in a future blog post over at bullrunmountains.org!

#runfortherainforest #reserva #minibioblitz #nature #conservation #nonprofit

Elementary school students in Westmoreland County Public Schools and undergraduates from Longwood University are coming ...
06/04/2021
Hull Springs, Westmoreland County - Virginia Outdoors Foundation

Elementary school students in Westmoreland County Public Schools and undergraduates from Longwood University are coming back to bigger and better educational possibilities on Hull Springs' 662 acres of forest and wetlands. Read more about it here:
https://www.vof.org/2021/06/04/hull-springs-westmoreland-county/

Elementary school students in Westmoreland County Public Schools and undergraduates from Longwood University are coming back to bigger and better educational possibilities on Hull Springs' 662 acres of forest and wetlands.

06/04/2021

๐ŸŽถ Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) ๐ŸŽถ

Named after the "traditional oven-shaped" nests this bird makes, the ovenbird is a robust, if drab-colored warbler that is known for regularly singing and calling out in the (songbird sparse mid-afternoon heat of summer).

Often seen strutting around on the forest floor looking for insects in the leaf litter, this bird is notable for its vociferous call and funnily upright tail posture!

Sound and photo beautifully captured on the Preserve by the around natural sound guru, Smithsonian Ornithologist, and VOF Research Associate, Jacob Saucier.

#ovenbird #warblersofvirginia #birdsofvirginia #naturalsound #birdcall #birdsong

The fascinating banded fishflies (Nigronia fasciata) are out in about in full force throughout the Bull Run Mountains!Ou...
06/03/2021

The fascinating banded fishflies (Nigronia fasciata) are out in about in full force throughout the Bull Run Mountains!

Our Preserve Manager, Joe Villari, is most often seen with a net in hand for this reason - as our amazing arthropod diversity isn't typically keen on sticking around for a photo-op ๐Ÿ˜†

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#fieldbiology #entomology #wildlifescience #naturalhistory #livinglaboratory

The fascinating banded fishflies (Nigronia fasciata) are out in about in full force throughout the Bull Run Mountains!

Our Preserve Manager, Joe Villari, is most often seen with a net in hand for this reason - as our amazing arthropod diversity isn't typically keen on sticking around for a photo-op ๐Ÿ˜†

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#fieldbiology #entomology #wildlifescience #naturalhistory #livinglaboratory

06/02/2021

Thank you to volunteer Brian McCanon for sharing a snippet from his hike at VOF's House Mountain Reserve, where the rhododendrons are in full bloom. ๐ŸŒธ

With everyone in Northern Virginia going (rightfully and joyfully) cicada crazy with the emergence of Brood X, we at Bul...
06/01/2021

With everyone in Northern Virginia going (rightfully and joyfully) cicada crazy with the emergence of Brood X, we at Bull Run Mountains have felt a bit left out on an amazing 17 year phenomenon - as we are just outside of Brood X's emergence range.

But, as those keen nature observers and explorers among us will note, the beauty of insect metamorphosis is still all around us!

Just check out this dragonfly teneral that just emerged from its aquatic nymph stage.

While not a cicada, this should be quite a scene of transformation for those that have had the pleasure of witnessing the current cicada phenomenon!

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#teneraltuesday #naturalphenomenon #lifehistory #entomology #metamorphosis #insectsofinstagram #teneral #emergence #dragonfly #naturalist

With everyone in Northern Virginia going (rightfully and joyfully) cicada crazy with the emergence of Brood X, we at Bull Run Mountains have felt a bit left out on an amazing 17 year phenomenon - as we are just outside of Brood X's emergence range.

But, as those keen nature observers and explorers among us will note, the beauty of insect metamorphosis is still all around us!

Just check out this dragonfly teneral that just emerged from its aquatic nymph stage.

While not a cicada, this should be quite a scene of transformation for those that have had the pleasure of witnessing the current cicada phenomenon!

๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Villari

#teneraltuesday #naturalphenomenon #lifehistory #entomology #metamorphosis #insectsofinstagram #teneral #emergence #dragonfly #naturalist

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