Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District

Since our local Envirothon students were not able to participate in our area competition, VASWCDEF is offering an online...
05/08/2020

Since our local Envirothon students were not able to participate in our area competition, VASWCDEF is offering an online opportunity to test Natural Resource knowledge. This is open to ALL 9th - 12th grade students...note that the registration link is listed in the comments below...

Virginia Cooperative Extension, Loudoun County
05/06/2020

Virginia Cooperative Extension, Loudoun County

Extension agents from Albemarle, Fauquier and Loudoun County have teamed to develop and present a webinar series focused on HORSE PASTURE MANAGEMENT scheduled Thursday May 7th (7PM) and each subsequent through Thursday June 18th. The webinars provide 30 minutes of information followed by 30 minutes of questions/discussion.

Participants MUST register IN ADVANCE: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lBeJyWnaSJ6D3XwFDviekQ.

The programs are free. Topics are listed in the flyer below.

Virginia Tech Department of Entomology
05/05/2020

Virginia Tech Department of Entomology

Many people have questions about the Asian giant hornet that has been all over the news the past couple of days. We have received many requests from people who think they have found the hornet. 🐝

Fortunately this has not yet been found in our country outside of the Pacific Northwest.

We created a fact guide to help answer some of your questions and we provided some comparisons with other hornets that look similar and can be found in Virginia. 😀 The page also has information for contacting your local Extension office with any insect related concerns you might have.

https://www.ento.vt.edu/News/Asian_Giant_Hornet.html

Photo credit belongs to Allan Smith-Pardo, Invasive Hornets, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org.

#iamVTCALS

Leesburg Farmers Market is requiring a face covering starting this weekend...
04/30/2020

Leesburg Farmers Market is requiring a face covering starting this weekend...

🚨😷 New Face Mask Policy! 😷🚨

In order to enter the market space this weekend, you are required to wear a face covering of some kind.

We need all of you working together to protect the market community! We have high risk customers who prefer to shop at the market over the grocery store. We have vendors and staff in high risk categories. We need everyone doing their best to prevent the asymptomatic spread of this novel coronavirus which is why it is now mandatory for all vendors, staff, and customers to wear a face covering while inside the market.

Any face covering is acceptable for entrance: masks, bandanas, scarves, etc.

We will continue to have Stitching Nonsense cloth face masks available for sale at the entrance if you need one.

Remember! We also have online pre-order options available and you do not need to enter the market space to pick up a pre-order.

Thank you for your support as we continue to make safety our top priority. 😷

#coveryourfacetoenterourspace

CDC Guidance
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Do's and Don'ts of Wearing a Face Mask
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/well/live/coronavirus-face-mask-mistakes.html

What if we had no chocolate in our lives? 😲  Thanks to our AWESOME POLLINATORS, we do!🍩🍪  Actually, there is only ONE sp...
04/29/2020
SWSW Poster Contest – Loudoun SWCD

What if we had no chocolate in our lives? 😲 Thanks to our AWESOME POLLINATORS, we do!🍩🍪 Actually, there is only ONE specific pollinator, the teeny tiny chocolate midge fly, that pollinates the tree which produces the seed pod we use to make chocolate, the cacao tree. And chocolate doesn't just make a lot of us happy, it is also important to our economy. It is estimated the chocolate industry will be worth over 20 billion by 2025! Locally, you can support our pollinators by planting pollinator-friendly trees and plants. Check out this list of what to plant for our region to help our pollinators survive -> https://xerces.org/sites/default/files/2018-05/17-049_04_XercesSoc_Pollinator-Plants_Mid-Atlantic-Region_web-3page.pdf. Also, learn more about native plants and where to find them-> www.loudounsoilandwater.com/earthday. The chocolate midge fly and other pollinators are being celebrated this year during NACD Stewardship Week (April 26 - May 2). In celebration of this year's theme, "Where would we BEE without Pollinators", NACD is offering FREE downloadable pollinator materials such as posters, bookmarks, and fun activity sheets & booklets. Don't forget about our local Conservation Poster Contest which is a great way for your student to learn about and promote pollinator conservation. Get your FREE downloadable pollinator goodies and learn how to enter our contest -> www.loudounsoilandwater.com/education/swsw-poster-contest

 Help us celebrate our awesome Pollinators during NACD Stewardship Week (April 26 – May 2) by entering our Conservation Poster Contest, and learning more with our FREE downloadable materials! Did you know we had a local winner from the 2019 Poster Contest win the State Level as well? Jiho Park ...

Eating lunch by chance?  Did you know that one in every three bites of food is brought to you by our AWESOME POLLINATORS...
04/27/2020

Eating lunch by chance? Did you know that one in every three bites of food is brought to you by our AWESOME POLLINATORS?!?! Bees, bats, hummingbirds, beetles, wasps, butterflies, moths and more are being celebrated this year during NACD Stewardship Week (April 26 - May 2). In celebration of this year's theme, "Where would we BEE without Pollinators", NACD is offering FREE downloadable pollinator materials such as posters, bookmarks, and fun activity sheets & booklets. Don't forget about our local Conservation Poster Contest which is a great way for your student to learn about and promote pollinator conservation. Get your FREE downloadable pollinator goodies and learn how to enter our contest -> www.loudounsoilandwater.com/education/swsw-poster-contest

Virginia Department of Forestry
04/24/2020

Virginia Department of Forestry

Happy Arbor Day from VDOF!

#ArborDayAtHome #ArborDay

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by entering our 2020 Photo Contest, “Earth Day Everyday.” Capture those vibr...
04/22/2020

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by entering our 2020 Photo Contest, “Earth Day Everyday.” Capture those vibrant moments and express what earth day everyday looks like to you! The contest is open from March 1 – July 31, 2020. Find out more ->
https://vaswcd.org/photocontest

HAPPY 50th EARTH DAY!
In celebration of Earth’s Day 50th Anniversary, our 2020 Photo Contest theme is “Earth Day Everyday.” Capture those vibrant moments and express what earth day everyday looks like to you! The contest is open from March 1 – July 31, 2020. More information can be found @ https://vaswcd.org/photocontest

Just in time for Earth Day....Virginia students 3rd Grade & above can earn a Soil Expert Patch and Virginia students 4th...
04/22/2020

Just in time for Earth Day....Virginia students 3rd Grade & above can earn a Soil Expert Patch and Virginia students 4th Grade & above can earn a Living in Your Watershed Patch. Free while supplies last until June 30th. Please visit https://vaswcd.org/scout-patch-program to learn more!

Happy 50th Earth Day!! Starting today until June 30, while supplies last, Virginia Students 3rd Grade & above can earn a Soil Expert Patch and Virginia Students 4th Grade & above can earn a Living in Your Watershed Patch. Please visit our website to learn more https://vaswcd.org/scout-patch-program

04/22/2020
Earth Day 1970 - 2020: 50th Anniversary || Time Will Tell

Happy Earth Day!! 50 years ago today, the first Earth Day took root. Take a look at what has happened since 1970, brought to you by the American Museum of Natural History. Don't forget to visit www.loudounsoilandwater.com/earthday to learn ways to celebrate while at home!

The first Earth Day was in 1970. A lot has changed since. The past is clear. What will the future look like? It depends on the choices we make today. #StayHo...

Are you getting your springtime planting done while staying at home?  Help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (...
04/21/2020

Are you getting your springtime planting done while staying at home? Help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22nd) by choosing native plants, trees and grasses. Native plants are those that occur in a region in which they have evolved. Natives will…
• Thrive in that region’s soil, moisture and weather conditions. This saves YOU money by requiring less watering and landscape maintenance in your yard! You can also grow natives in pots on your deck.
• Support the local food web of butterflies, insects, birds and wildlife by providing shelter, food, nectar, pollen, and seeds/nuts. Consider that in suburbia, the majority of our land is comprised of lawns. Lawns are often desert wastelands, ecologically speaking, so they do not support our local food webs. Many plants in suburbia are planted for ornamental purposes – they are nice to look at, but fail at providing the sustenance for our important pollinators, insects and wildlife. Native plants, trees and grasses offer beauty and function!
• Stabilize soil and decrease storm water runoff. Sediment and storm water runoff are a significant source of pollution in our waterways.
• Improve air pollution and climate change. Shrinking the size of your lawn (less to mow!) by replacing areas with natives results in less carbon in our atmosphere from fossil fuels being burnt. Natives also remove (sequester) carbon from the air.
Learn more about why natives are great for our earth, and where to find them: http://www.loudounsoilandwater.com/earthday

04/20/2020
What really happens to the plastic you throw away - Emma Bryce

Earth Day CHALLENGE…what happens to that plastic water bottle we throw out...? Learn below, and try to go one day without generating any trash (which fills our landfill) by practicing the 3Rs - Reducing, Reusing and Recycling. This can help make everyone around you more aware of what trash our daily routines generate, and consider ways on how we all can reduce it!
Celebrating Earth Day (April 22) while at home: www.loudounsoilandwater.com/earthday

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-really-happens-to-the-plastic-you-throw-away-emma-bryce We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic b...

Got plastic bags? Did you know they can be recycled? Not by residential recycling services, however there is a way! In h...
04/17/2020

Got plastic bags? Did you know they can be recycled? Not by residential recycling services, however there is a way! In honor of Earth Day (coming up on April 22), learn the proper way to recycle them. Most of our single-use plastic bags do not get recycled. They often end up in our landfills or blown as trash into our landscapes and waterways, where it can take many years for them to break down. Most plastics are not biodegradable. Instead, they become tiny pieces of plastics known as microplastics. Aquatic creatures, wildlife and humans ultimately consume these particles with detrimental effects. YOU can help this problem by properly recycling plastic bags (as well as other plastics). Most grocery stores and larger retail stores have plastic bag drop-off inside the store. All types of plastic wrap and bags are accepted, including bags used for bread, dry cleaning, newspapers, reclosable/Ziploc bags, produce bags, bubble wrap, air pillows (found in shipped goods, make sure they are popped!), cereal bags, plastic wrap and more. Find out more details...http://www.loudounsoilandwater.com/earthday

Next Wednesday, Aprill 22nd, Earth Day is turning 50!!! In the days leading up to the big celebration, we will be offeri...
04/16/2020

Next Wednesday, Aprill 22nd, Earth Day is turning 50!!! In the days leading up to the big celebration, we will be offering ideas on how YOU can support Mother Earth while staying at home…
#1 - Fall in love with nature – take a walk! To foster a love of earth in children (all humans actually!), simply take a walk outside and observe nature. Immersing yourself in nature has so many positive effects, and these great benefits can inspire us to want to help our Earth stay clean and healthy. Trying to get your kids to venture out with you? Try a scavenger hunt! Make up your own, or find one online. For older kids/adults, if you want to learn more about what is around you by identifying plants and critters you find, there is an app for that! Seek (by iNaturalist - www.inaturalist.org/pages/seek_app) is excellent at ID’ing all things natural with a click of your smartphone camera, and the iNaturalist app (www.inaturalist.org) allows you to record, catalog and share your natural discoveries.
Stay tuned for tip #2 tomorrow!

Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts - KACD
04/14/2020

Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts - KACD

The day voluntary Conservation was born: On Sunday, April 14, 1935, The Great Plains was in its fourth year of drought. The day began with beautiful skies, but by late afternoon, the skies became dark and the worst of the black blizzards hit. This day became known as Black Sunday. Today your local soil and water conservation districts, along with partners, work hard to insure a natural disaster like this does not occur in our Nation again.

#DustBowl #Drought #kacd #nacd #conserveky #blacksunday #soilconservation #kyshines #kyag365

Brighten up your Monday morning by viewing Echo, the Cheetah, and her cubs via the Cheetah Cub Cam at the Smithsonian’s ...
04/13/2020
Cheetah Cub Cam

Brighten up your Monday morning by viewing Echo, the Cheetah, and her cubs via the Cheetah Cub Cam at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. So darn cute!
https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams/cheetah-cub-cam

Tune in to the Cheetah Cub Cam streaming live from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia,

The Peregrine Falcon pair now have three eggs!  Check it out via the Falcon cam below...
04/10/2020
Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District

The Peregrine Falcon pair now have three eggs! Check it out via the Falcon cam below...

Did you know...Pergrine Falcons are considered the fastest animal on the planet and have been clocked at 200 mph while diving to catch prey?! Check out the LIVE VDGIF FALCON CAM to see a pair of nesting Falcons currently in our state capital, Richmond. https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/falcon-cam

Learn more about this incredible conservation effort: www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/birds/peregrine-falcon/richmond-falcons

Have a student bored at home?  Check out this fun project - the Soil and Water Conservation Poster Contest. This year's ...
04/01/2020

Have a student bored at home? Check out this fun project - the Soil and Water Conservation Poster Contest. This year's theme is "WHERE WOULD WE BEE WITHOUT POLLINATORS?" The contest is open to all Loudoun County public, private and homeschooled students in grades K—12. A photo of your child's masterpiece can be submitted online.
More info can be found here: www.loudounsoilandwater.com/education/swsw-poster-contest

Great opportunity today at 1pm for kids AND parents to learn more about making your yard bird and pollinator friendly......
04/01/2020

Great opportunity today at 1pm for kids AND parents to learn more about making your yard bird and pollinator friendly...www.wildlifehc.org/knowledge-resource/birds-and-butterflies-in-your-backyard-a-kid-friendly-webinar/

Loudoun County Government
03/31/2020

Loudoun County Government

Loudoun County has launched an interactive map to help residents find food assistance sites, including food banks, pantries and meal distribution programs.
loudoun.gov/foodassistance

Did you know...Pergrine Falcons are considered the fastest animal on the planet and have been clocked at 200 mph while d...
03/31/2020
Richmond Falcon Cam | Virginia DGIF

Did you know...Pergrine Falcons are considered the fastest animal on the planet and have been clocked at 200 mph while diving to catch prey?! Check out the LIVE VDGIF FALCON CAM to see a pair of nesting Falcons currently in our state capital, Richmond. https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/falcon-cam

Learn more about this incredible conservation effort: www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/birds/peregrine-falcon/richmond-falcons

Subscribe to Get the Latest Nest Updates What’s Happening at the Nest? March 20, 2020New Female Continues to Bond with MaleMarch 10, 2020Female of the Pair Replaced by a Familiar BirdMarch 6, 2020Courtship at the BoxRead more updates in the archive… Internet service to the Falcon Cam provided co...

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