And this week we have American Toad tadpoles at CMP! Yeah!
Claude Moore Park contains a blend of natural habitats, historic areas, educational opportunities and active recreation facilities. Native warm season grass and wildflower meadows, old-growth and transition woodlands, wetlands and ponds are peaceful settings for hiking, photography, bird watching, and exploring nature. Historic buildings, a Colonial-era road, interpretive displays, and a Civil War signal station site encourage a glimpse of the past. The Visitor Center is a great place to begin your visit and select maps, brochures, and calendars of events and programs. Learn more from displays, field guides, and helpful staff and volunteers. The Visitor Center Discovery Room is a hands-on children’s nature area with artifacts, books, puzzles, and live turtles, tree frogs, a catfish and a corn snake.
And this week we have American Toad tadpoles at CMP! Yeah!
Don't forget! CMP's ECOLOGY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA day is on Tuesday, April 23 from 10 am - 1 pm. This event is geared towards homeschool and private school elementary students and their parents or teachers. See our "Events" section for details. Hope to see you there!
Over the past few weeks we've been seeing and hearing many signs of spring. This is a video of an American Toad at Claude Moore Park. Have you heard this sound when you're outside?
On Saturday, April 13 we had our annual Earth Day Cleanup at the Park. Even though we had a damp start, many areas of the Park were reached. Do you have a group that would like to volunteer at the Park in the near future? Call 571-258-3700 for more information.
Our puppet show is still on for today, and will be held on the Visitor Center's Discovery Room. The campfire may be rained out, but we have other fun activities planned just in case. Walk-ins are welcome!
Our Eggcellent Adventure Day yesterday (Wednesday, 4/17) was loads of fun! With the beautiful weather we had many visitors (close too 300!). Activities included egg hunts, egg laying animal displays, crafts, giant felt boards, campfire with marshmallows, a story stroll by LPOC (Loudoun Pediatric Obesity Coalition), petting zoo (Leesburg Animal Park), and lots of areas to explore and play! Here are a few pictures from the big day....
Summer is just around the corner and so are CAMPS at Claude Moore Park! Registration is already underway and some camps are full, but there are spots left in others! Here's the updated information about available elementary and middle school camps.... register today to ensure there's a space for your 7-13 year old. Call 571-258-3700 for more information.
Summer is just around the corner and so are CAMPS at Claude Moore Park! Registration is already underway and some camps have filled, but there are spots left! Here's the updated information about available preschool camps.... register today to ensure there's a space for your 4-6 year old. Call 571-258-3700 for more information.
Black-capped chickadees may be common in our area, but they are also fascinating. In this post from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology you will get an up-close look at their eating habits. The video has some amazing footage of these spry little birds!
Why do Chickadees grab-and-go?
Recorded from inside a bird feeder, this video gives you front row seat to feeder behavior. When you watch chickadees at your feeder you might notice that they typically grab a seed and fly to a nearby perch to enjoy it. Other birds like finches and jays tend to stay and eat. Chickadees have relatively small beaks and need to grip the seed with their feet while working the meat out of the hull.
Would you like to experience even more enjoyment from your feeder birds this spring? Our Feeder Bird ID and Behavior online course will help you identify over 60 kinds of feeder birds based on social behavior, diet, and even body language. Use our Snap ID tool, videos, quizzes and more, to test what you’ve learned and discover what’s really going on at your feeders. Sign up here: https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/product/feeder-birds-identification-and-behavior/
Our PUPPET SHOW and CAMPFIRE is this Friday, April 19 from 11 am - 12 pm. Please be sure to preregister if you're planning to attend. In the event of inclement weather, refunds will be available. Call 571-258-3700 for more information. Hope to see you there!
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The days are getting longer! Starting on Monday, April 15, the gates at Claude Moore Park will be open until 8:00 pm. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9 am until 5 pm.
PLEASE NOTE: The Knitting Class that had been scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, April 13 from 2-4 pm has been CANCELLED. Unfortunately, there were not enough people preregistered for the class to run. If you did preregister, a refund will be issued. Questions? Call the Visitor Center at 571-258-3700.
Our annual ECOLOGY of Northern Virginia Day is coming up fast! Join us on Tuesday, April 23 from 10 am - 1 pm. This event is designed for elementary homeschool and private school students and their parents or teachers. To register a group, please call us at 571-258-3700. To register as individuals, go to loudoun.gov/webtrac (activity #361701); $5; ages 3 and under free with a registered adult.
The red buds are full of blossoms at Claude Moore Park! Stop by for a hike to look for those and other flowering plants. Park maps are available in our Visitor Center daily from 9 am - 5 pm.
Just a reminder, our SPRING POND WALK is scheduled for this Saturday, April 13 from 1-2 pm. A Park naturalist will lead this informative and leisurely stroll around CMP's ponds. This free event is fun for all ages! Held weather permitting. Call 571-283-1952 for more information.
Next week is Loudoun County Spring Break and LOTS is happening at Claude Moore Park!
Start off on Monday, April 15 from 10 am - noon with a free open house at FROGSHACKLE nature cabin.
For ages 8 & up, register for FAMILY ARCHERY from 1-3 pm ($15).
Wednesday, April 17 is EGGCELLENT ADVENTURES from 10 am -noon ($5).
Friday, April 19 is our CAMPFIRE and PUPPET SHOW from 11 am - 12 pm ($5).
You may preregister at loudoun.gov/webtrac (no registration needed for the open house).
Hope to see you around the Park next week!
More exciting animal sightings and animal evidence at Claude Moore Park! Do you recognize who or what is in each picture?
Have you ever wanted to learn how to knit? This Saturday is one of our KNITTING WORKSHOPS. If you're interested in participating, please register soon (programs like this are only able to run if there is sufficient preregistration).
This is a Yellow Palm Warbler that was spotted over the weekend at Claude Moore Park. Palm Warblers breed in bogs and areas with scattered evergreen trees and thick ground cover in the boreal forest. This one is migrating to its breeding areas north of us. During migration they stop in weedy fields, forest edges, fence rows, and other areas with scattered trees and shrubs. They use similar areas on the wintering grounds including second-growth forest patches, marshes, prairies, parks, and coastal scrub. This is our first picture of one of these birds at the Park!
Beaver Update! The CMP beaver is still around and busy building.
Just a friendly reminder: please don't feed the wildlife at Claude Moore Park elsewhere. While this goose has multiple issues, being fed bread and crackers seems to have added to its woes. Thanks!
This Canada Goose from Alexandria, VA is having a bad day. In addition to a gunshot injury and lead poisoning, she is egg bound (having trouble passing an egg). We are currently stabilizing her with intravenous fluids and working on bringing her lead levels down.
Geese and other waterfowl are breeding and nesting at this time and we wanted to remind everyone of two common issues we see.
First, please do not feed waterfowl!
The items people feed – especially bread, crackers, corn, and other human foods – are of poor nutritional value. Birds that fill up on this "junk food" may not ingest enough protein and calcium to properly produce eggs. This is one possible cause of our patient’s egg binding. For growing ducklings, this can be an even bigger problem.
Inappropriate nutrition can cause “angel wing”, a bone deformity that will prevent these animals from ever flying. Unrelated to nutritional issues, feeding ducks and geese leads to overcrowding and disease spread in ponds and lakes. Excess food effects the water quality and can end up killing more than just our native waterfowl.
Second, geese may choose nesting locations that you find less than ideal. Each year we get calls about geese nesting in mall parking lots or fast food drive-thrus.
They built the nest knowing that people were there. These heavily-trafficked sites are often chosen due to their lower predator concentrations. Even if you feel it is not ideal, we ask that you trust the decisions made by these goose parents. They know what is best for their babies!
Keep in mind that relocating the nest of a native species is not legal. We will never do it nor encourage others to do so. If you feel that their safety is at risk, you may consider putting up a sign near the nest to notify the public that the nest is there and they should drive slowly or keep an eye out.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact the Center before intervening.
If you are interested in donating to support this goose’s care, you can donate anytime through the button on our Facebook cage, through our website, by mailed check, or by credit card if you call the Center. Thank you for your support!
#CanadaGoose #Gunshot #EggBound #LeadPoisoning #FeedResponsibly
The Friends of Claude Moore Park annual 5K race is just around the corner! Join us on Saturday, May 11 at 8 am to challenge yourself on our wooded trails! Online registration available at FriendsofClaudeMoorePark.org/events.
A photogenic Canada Goose pauses for a picture...
Check out our spring dates for free open houses at Claude Moore Park!
Do you have a teenager (ages 13 to 18) who enjoys being outdoors? Claude Moore Park provides a SUMMER INTERN PROGRAM that they can apply to be part of! Successful applicants will receive training in a variety of areas including nature study, outdoor safety, stewardship, habitat restoration, sharing nature with children, techniques for collecting natural specimens, park history and regulations. Interns are asked to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours each month in June, July, and August. . Interested?
Go to https://www.loudoun.gov/1285/Claude-Moore-Park and click on "Volunteering". Please note: the application deadline has been extended for new and returning interns for Monday, April 22. For more information call 571-258-3700.
Enjoy this post from the Virginia Herpetological Society- but keep in mind that today is APRIL 1. 🙂Have a great day from your friends at Claude Moore Park!
New Virginia Species!
The Flame Toad (Anaxyrus hotti) was recently rediscovered near the town of Hogwash, VA by Otis Campbell and Ernest T. Bass, two pyroherpetologists from Mayberry, NC.
During prohibition these toads were used to cook moonshiner’s mash to produce toadally awesome ethyl alcohol. Happy April 1st!
It's springtime and the wildlife is getting more active! Please remember to keep you trash well contained so no one gets in. Opossums, raccoons, and others are well able to get into non-secured trash containers and make a mess. And, animals like opossums, should be eating other things anyway, including ticks and mice.
March 25, 2019It’s late at night and you hear something outside. Curious, you move closer to a window, peek outside, and see a pair of small eyes looking back at you. These eyes appear to belong to an animal searching for food – and the food it's searching for is in your trash can. When you go o...
Another sign that winter has passed- the Spring Peeper! We started hearing them early this week at Claude Moore Park. These 1" amphibians make quite a loud peeping sound during their mating season. For more information, go to https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/s/spring-peeper/
Look who we caught on camera at Claude Moore Park! A wild turkey! One of our motion sensing wildlife cameras captured this image of the hard to spot turkey! While we've had reported sighting occasionally over the years, this is the first picture of one.
The CMP beaver has once again been spotted and photographed! It has been very active building and swimming in the Wildlife Pond. The person taking these pictures for us uses a high quality camera with a great lens to zoom in for these great shots! Thanks for contributing!
We know what this critter is, but do you? Here's a clue: this creature is a larva and was found in water..... Let us know your best guess!
Due to the sudden stormy weather and hail, tonight's campfire is CANCELLED at Claude Moore Park. If you preregistered, a refund will be issued (this takes a couple of weeks to process). Questions? Call 571-258-3700.
The signs of spring are all over the place at Claude Moore Park- including the daffodils blooming at the Visitor Center! It's a great time to put on your boots and hike one of our trails. Park maps are available at the Visitor Center, open daily from 9-5!
This is a great time of year to get outside and go birding. Needs some tips on how to get started? Check out this article from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Discover Virginia’s World of Birds Northern Flickers. Photo by Keith Williams. Birds are fascinating to observe and a joy to watch. They introduce color, striking patterns, and music to our daily lives. Their migrations and nesting cycles mark the changes in season and connect us to nature. Birdin...
Happy First Day of Spring! Look who we spotted at the Wildlife Pond this week! The Great Blue Heron was out and about looking for lunch. We've spotted painted turtles basking in the sunshine too. Spring is here!
Join us at Claude Moore Park on Saturday, April 13 from 2-4 pm for a knitting adventure! Learn the basics by starting your own scarf. No previous skills required. Price includes materials for you to keep. Please preregister at loudoun.gov/webtrac for activity # 361722. Ages 10 & up; $20 Call 571-258-3700 for more information.
Beaver update! It looks like the CMP beaver is seriously building!
Caught on camera! The Beaver! We're continuing to do our best to monitor its activity with wildlife motion sensing cameras and reports from Park visitors. This picture was taken by a visitor with a very good camera from quite a distance away. If you see the beaver or any other evidence of it, please let us know. Thanks!
Be on the lookout for painted turtles and other creatures becoming active after winter! On March 28, 2017 this group of painted turtles was spotted basking in the sunshine on a log. With warm weather today and expected tomorrow, they may be around! Let us know if you spot any!
FAMILY ARCHERY is just around the corner at Claude Moore Park! Let the arrows fly! Practice your aim while playing archery games. This class is for ages 8 & up; $15 each. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Adults must be registered to participate. Register in advance to assure program runs at loudoun.gov/webtrac for activity 361715. Call 571-258-3700 for more information.
It's spring time again! Did you ever want to try to fish? Our FAMILY FISHING DAY on Sunday, March 24 from 10 am - 12 pm is the perfect opportunity. Register in advance to assure program runs at loudoun.gov/webtrac for 361718. $5. Call 571-258-3700 for more information.
Do you know what this is? Trees chewed by a beaver! Although native to the area, we haven't had beavers at Claude Moore Park in years. Will this one stay and make this its new home? Time will tell!
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