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30 Jul 2020 10:00 AM • On-line order

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Mason Neck State Park Reopens


Mason Neck State Park has reopened following a two-week closure resulting from one staff member testing positive for Covid-19.  Please enjoy everything the park has to offer, but continue to follow the standard safety requirements when you come.  You can read about the Park's Covid-19 related requirements here.  


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"Creating a Wildlife Sanctuary on Your Property"


Photo by Toni Genberg                                                                                    


What can you do on your own property to attract and support wildlife? To learn how, join us online for “Creating a Wildlife Sanctuary on Your Property: The Audubon at Home Program.” The Friends of Mason Neck State Park and the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) jointly planned this program as a live event in March, but we had to cancel it due to the pandemic. Now we've rescheduled it as a Zoom-based online program so you’ll be able to attend from the comfort of your home. 

   
Betsy Martin will talk about the ASNV Audubon at Home program, Wildlife Sanctuary certification and Habitat Best Practices. Betsy is a member of the ASNV Board of Directors and a Co-Coordinator of ASNV’s Audubon at Home program. She is a Virginia Master Naturalist, a founder and President of the Friends of Little Hunting Creek and the Mount Vernon representative to Fairfax County’s Chesapeake Bay Exception Review Committee, which she also chairs. 


Laura Beaty will relate how she transformed her yard into a wildlife habitat with a slide program entitled: “Your Landscape as Habitat.” She will show how to support nature’s relationships in your wildlife habitat, and why it’s important to view your habitat from two perspectives: the eyes of turf-grass traditionalists and native pollinators. She’ll show you the truth behind the phrases, “The greater the plant diversity, the greater the wildlife” and “Plant it and they will come.” Laura Beaty is Horticulture Chair of the Virginia Native Plant Society and Propagation/Plant Sales Chair of the Potowmack Chapter of VNPS. She also represents her Fairfax County district on the Fairfax Tree Commission. 


We’re charging a nominal fee of $5.00 per registration to help defray the costs. You can register for the program on ASNV's website, at Register for "Create a Wildlife Sanctuary".


The Importance of Bugs

Text and photos by Randy Streufert