Here are some photos from last weekend's Friends of Claude Moore Park 5K. Thanks for all who participated!
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.
Here are some photos from last weekend's Friends of Claude Moore Park 5K. Thanks for all who participated!
More photos from the Friends of Claude Moore Park 5K!
Photo collection by Sweet Memories Photography
Don't forget to register for our annual Family Fishing Fiesta on Saturday, June 1 from 9 - 11 am! See details in our "Events" section. Call 571-258-3700 for more information.
Yesterday we spotted a male indigo bunting at the bird feeders behind the CMP Visitor Center! This sparrow sized bird migrates to our area each spring for its breeding season. In the fall and winter it travels to the southern US or even the Caribbean and Central America! We were unable to snap a photo of the one that visited the Park, but here's a nice shot of another male. For more information on these beautiful birds, go to Cornell Lab of Ornithology's site at https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Indigo_Bunting/id
Reminder: Party in the Park, sponsored by the Claude Moore Recreation and Community Center is on Saturday, May 18 from 10 am - 2 pm. Claude Moore Park will be hosting several exhibits at this fun family day. Call 571-258-3600 for more information. Hope to see you there!
The days are getting longer! Starting on Monday, May 13, the gates at Claude Moore Park will be open until 8:30 pm. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9 am until 5 pm.
Here are a few recent animal photos from Claude Moore Park! Many animals are active and busy at this time of year!
The Colonial garden is planted again for this year! In addition to our perennial herbs, we've planted peas, okra, beans, and gourds. Although there's not much to see yet, we'll keep you posted on how things are growing as the season progresses.
Don't forget! This Saturday is the Friends of Claude Moore Park's annual 5K run! If you're a runner looking for a trail race or just want to support a good cause, we'd love to have you join us!
Can you identify these native plants that can be found all over Claude Moore Park? Test your skills and let us know your guesses!
Once again this year Claude Moore Park will be offering camp scholarships! Merry Breed, previous Manager of Claude Moore Park in Sterling, Virginia, always enjoyed sharing her love of nature with children. When she unexpectedly passed away in 2016, the Friends of Claude Moore Park established a scholarship in her honor so that children of limited income would have the opportunity to experience summer camp at Claude Moore Park.
For more information go to https://friendsofclaudemoorepark.org/merrys-summer-camp-scholarships/ or call us at 571-258-3700.
The native Green Frogs are out and about at the Park! This one has made its home in a very large puddle. For a complete listing of native frogs and toads of Virginia see the Virginia Herpetological Society's site at https://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/amphibians/frogsandtoads/frogs_and_toads_of_virginia.htm
Many thanks to NoVAGO (Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization) for coming to Claude Moore Park on Sunday, May 6 for a park cleanup day! We really appreciate your efforts!
From the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center...
Right now, we have two beautiful American Goldfinches in care! Both are showing off their breeding plumage. The one in the first photo is an adult male, while the patient in the second is an adult female.
The male suffered a coracoid fracture (part of the shoulder) in a suspected window strike, while the female is being treated for conjunctivitis. Both are doing extremely well!
We hope this post serves as a reminder to look out your window and appreciate the awesome backyard birds! If you do appreciate them, make sure their feeders are clean to reduce the spread of mycoplasmosis and make small changes to decrease window strikes!
More information on creating a safe feeding environment, check out this website: https://feederwatch.org/learn/feeding-birds/?__hstc=75100365.811d2bd27fd04b2de1bb1b28acb01c0f.1523305964787.1554494536513.1556558293094.49&__hssc=75100365.6.1556558293094&__hsfp=692887157#safe-feeding-environment
Enjoy the birds!
#AmericanGoldfinch #WindowStrike #Mycoplasmosis #BreedingPlumage
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How times have changed! Do you recognize this expression from days gone by:
"Down the country"
The is the term that western Loudoun County and Leesburg folks would refer to eastern Loudoun and western Fairfax County before the 1960s. These areas had few people and only one town, Herndon. Now things are the opposite- western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun are very busy places.
If you'd like to get a bird's eye view of those changes, go to Loudoun County Aerial Archives at https://logis.loudoun.gov/archive/ . You can view area maps from as early as 1853 and air photos from 1937- present!
The Intermediate Knitting Workshop scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, May 4 from 2-4 pm, is CANCELLED. If you were planning to attend and preregistered, a refund will be issued. Questions? Call 571-258-3700.
WANTED! There's a new invasive species in Virginia. The SPOTTED LANTERNFLY, orginally from China, made its way into Pennsylvania in 2014 and has been confirmed as close to Claude Moore Park as Winchester, VA. If you see this insect, report it with location and photos to Virginia Tech entomology at https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask.
For more information, go to https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html
The Loudoun Wildlife Bluebird program monitors the bluebird population (as well as other cavity nesters) in Claude Moore Park. Last year on May 14 they sent us this picture. We'll keep you posted on what they find this year!
Hope you find this chart informative and humorous! A little more information about bees and wasps can be (🐝) very helpful.
Know your yellow stripey things! 🐝
We have space in multiple elementary camps this summer, including some with new themes! If you're looking for summer fun for your elementary student, check out our camps!
Still looking for some summer fun for your preschooler? Look no further than CMP's summer camps!
Have you spotted any mayapple while hiking the trails at Claude Moore Park? This native plant blooms in May in our area. For more information about this forest dweller, see https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=pope .
The Friends of Claude Moore Park annual 5K run is only TWO WEEKS away! Be sure to register. Online registration is available at FriendsOfClaudeMoorePark.org/events. See our events section for more details!
Only one more week until our next campfire, MAY THE 4TH BE COOKING! We'd love to see you there! To ensure that this campfire with marshmallows and cocoa runs, please preregister at loudoun.gov/webtrac for activity #361726. May 4 from 6:30-7:45 pm; $7. Call 571-258-3700 for more information.
Do you know what happened to this tree at Claude Moore Park? Let us know you guesses!
One more picture from our Earth Day Cleanup! With about 35 volunteers plus staff, we made lots of progress! Interested in becoming a Park Volunteer? Call 571-258-3700.
Like to knit, but could use a few pointers? Then this is the class for you! In this class you'll get an introduction to lace. Ages 10 & up; $20 each. Register online for activity #361725. Call 571-258-3700 for more information.
We had a great turnout for this year's "Ecology of Northern Virginia Day" at the Park! With over 200 student visitors plus adults, we were very busy. Many thanks to not only Park staff but to John K., a volunteer from the Friends of Claude Moore Park.
Sorry, no pictures! The only downside of our great turnout was that no staff member had time to take any! Stay tuned for more events coming up at the Park. Thanks for coming!
Now this is an unusual nature story! While we haven't observed this at Claude Moore Park, it can happen. Some birds are known to lay their eggs in the nest of others ( the cowbird for example), but this is really quite a unique family!
Wood duck parents don't put all their eggs in one basket—as brood parasites, they place some of their eggs in other birds' nests.
Last week we worked around the stormy weather and had our Puppet Show and Campfire. We held the puppet show indoors just in case the rain began. Visitors had a great time! Our next campfire, May the 4th Be Cooking, is on Saturday, May 4 from 6:30-7:45 pm. There will be marshmallows and hot cocoa. Register online at loudoun.gov/webtrac for activity #361726. $7. Call 571-258-3700 for more information.
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.
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