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Nature Notes Ready, Set, Go! Reston’s BioBlitz Makes History SEPTEMBER By Sharon Gurtz
By Susan Sims
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Northern Watersnake and Copperhead young are born. Fall colors appear on Sumac and Black Gum trees. Goldenrods bloom. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds migrate to Central America.
OCTOBER • • • •
Fall warbler migration is underway. Mushrooms are plentiful. Asters bloom. Dark-eyed Juncos and White-throated Sparrows return for winter.
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Raccoons and Red Fox grow winter coats. Native Witch Hazel blooms. Deer rut peaks. Chipmunks and squirrels gather nuts for winter.
What happens when 24 teams of scientists, volunteers, subject matter experts, and naturalists have 24 hours to count every species in a geographic area? No leaf goes unturned, that’s what! On Saturday, June 2, 2018, 95 dedicated volunteers and staff ventured far and wide, across Reston’s natural areas documenting as many plants and animals as possible in Reston’s first BioBlitz.
From the wetlands teeming with life along Sunrise Valley Drive to the pollinator meadows and gardens dappling the easements along Reston Parkway, volunteers and staff searched 37 natural areas, identifying 614 species in a single day!
So, What is a BioBlitz?
It’s not a funky dance or a defensive football play. It’s an intense period of biological surveying, usually 24 hours, over a designated area to record as many species as possible. For many of the nature enthusiasts who participated in this citizen science event, the BioBlitz was way more fun than a dance fad or a ball game and good exercise, too! Observations from the blitz were documented with photos in the Reston BioBlitz 2018 project in a handy app called iNaturalist, connecting users with subject matter experts around the globe who aided in the identification of species. Over 140 people acted as identifiers for the project.
The Reston BioBlitz was a recommendation from the 2017 Reston Annual State of the Environment Report (RASER). Reston is home to 1,300 acres of open space, which hosts a large variety of plants and animals. RASER encouraged the documentation of Reston’s biodiversity to improve baseline data. What’s the importance of such an endeavor? Knowing what species are or are not present will help Reston Association manage Reston’s open space and contribute to future conservation action and planning. Overall, our “blitzers” posted 1,460 observations, including 330 types of plants, 119 insects, 22 fish and 2 protozoans—one with a peculiar and less than appealing common name of Dog Vomit Slime Mold.
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On the bird front, the BioBlitz included results from the annual Summer Bird Count. Sixty-three species of birds were identified, which ties for the second-best Summer Bird Count since 1994! Reston bird data can be found online at e-Bird.org.
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What other threatened species were found?
Two threatened tree species - Eastern Hemlock and Green Ash were documented in Reston’s wooded areas. Uncommon in Reston, Eastern Hemlock trees have been in decline throughout their range due to climate change American Eel Sna ked and insect damage. The Hemlock Wooly Adelgid is a non-native e insect that can kill a tree within four years by feeding on its needles and branches, preventing new growth. Adelgid infestations are recognizable by the appearance of tiny “cotton balls” at the base of the needles. Green Ash trees were once prevalent in Reston, but now planting of this species is not recommended because of the Emerald Ash Borer, an Asian beetle that lays its eggs in the bark crevices of ash trees. The larvae feed on the inner bark, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. Adults leave a D-shaped exit hole in the bark and are metallic green. Mapping these species online makes data available to researchers studying the infestations and the threatened survival of this once foundational forest species.
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CLOSED SEPT. 3 LABOR DAY OCT. 8 COLUMBUS DAY NOV. 12 VETERANS DAY NOV. 22 THANKSGIVING DAY NOV. 23 DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING
According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the American Eel is at high risk for extinction in the wild. Overfishing and harvesting have impacted populations, along with habitat destruction and heavy metal pollutants in waterways. American Eels are especially susceptible to pollutants due to their high fat content, which absorbs the pollutants, getting stuck in their fat cells. We were quite excited to find an eel in one of our streams and hope that with this knowledge we can work to help this species thrive.
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Threatened Species Live Here
The BioBlitz documented all types of interesting species, including some that have a threatened conservation status, markedly the American Eel. The American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) is a catadromous fish, meaning it migrates from freshwater into the ocean to spawn. It lives its life in freshwater lakes and rivers and eventually leaves for a mighty long journey to the Sargasso Sea, east of the island of Bermuda. At only four feet in length, that’s a treacherous swim that would be difficult for even the greatest Olympiad!
There’s still more work to be done, and that’s where every Reston resident or visitor can assist. In iNaturalist there is a second ongoing project titled Reston Biodiversity, where you can help document species by uploading images of plants and animals that you find throughout Reston any time of the year. You don’t have to be an expert. The app will suggest possible identifications and other users can help with tricky ID’s. It’s a fun way to learn about nearby nature and catalog your own observations. If you are traveling, you can also look up other places to see what lives there. Future projects recommended by RASER include creation of a butterfly checklist, a fishery survey of Reston’s four lakes and mapping locations of Reston’s vernal pools. The full RASER document can be found online at reston.org.
Meet the Staff
ien h c i M y l Kel
I am so excited to be joining the Walker Nature Center team as the new Environmental Education Supervisor! I thoroughly enjoyed working as a Teacher/Naturalist this spring and am thrilled to have the opportunity to become more involved with the incredible programs here at the Nature Center. In the past, I worked as a naturalist for two residential environmental education programs on the west coast. I also taught in the classroom as a math and science teacher. My hope is that we can inspire everyone who participates in our educational programs to enjoy more time outside and to respect and protect the beautiful natural areas we have here in Reston and beyond!
ABy Katie Volunteer Blitz Shaw
Summer weather brought out a blitz of volunteers, and we are most grateful. I wish that we could bottle up the passion and talent of the Reston BioBlitz volunteers. There were arborists, anglers, entomologists, foresters, hydrologists, gardeners, landscape designers, naturalists and more! They came from all over the area to help—Arlington County Parks; Audubon Society of Northern Virgina; Fairfax County Parks, Urban Forestry and Stormwater Planning Divisions; Georgetown University; iNaturalist; Reston Garden Club; SavATree; Smithsonian Institution; United States Geological Survey; Virginia Herpetological Society and beyond. A strong reminder of how rich the Reston area is with human resources as well as natural resources. We were also lucky to have volunteers support our wildlife counts, Kids Fishing Derby, Fairy Festival and Nature House visitor services. If you’d like to volunteer alongside some of these great folks, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a volunteer application at www.reston.org. Another way to help is through charitable contributions, gratefully received by Friends of Reston, our 501c3 supporting organization. Friends of Reston sponsored the BioBlitz, providing refreshments and equipment. Donate at www.friendsofreston.org. Note that your donation is for the Nature Center, and you will receive a letter of thanks for tax purposes.
Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, Charlie & Julie Bond, Reston Garden Club, memorial gift in honor of Corinne Shia
Volunteers— More than 127 this summer!
Alonso Abugattas; Liz Allan; Bobby Rae Allen; Swetha Balachandiran; David & Joanne Bauer; Sue Beffel; Matt Bender; Arna & Mansi Bhardwaj; Julie & Charlie Bond; Maggie Booth; Dwayne Bowman; Kenneth Bowman; Theresa Briscoe; Doug Britt; Bill Brown; Greg Butcher; Anne Cannizzaro; Ian Carmack; Alan & Julia Cartwright; Luca Catanzaro; Don Chernoff; Edward Clark; George Clausen; Don Coram; Emily Cox; Harrison & Norma de Beer; Freya De Cola; Marcy Delos; Peter Deahl; Marilyn Dicke; Ellen Douglas; Jody Douglas; Robin Duska; Samantha Duthe; Hunter Ellis; June Ferrara; Mike Filchock; Linda Fuller; Alexander Gauger; Kelly Geer; Melissa & Michael Gildea; Ryan Gray; Janine Greenwood; Marty Gurtz; Carol & Jay Hadlock; Amanda Hannah; Ed Hass; Bob & Bonnie Haukness; Mike Horton; Ana Kaahanui; Brian Kayhart; Bonnie Keller; Emily Key; Cara LaFever; Heidi & John Lankau; Elise Larsen; Pat Lenz; Paulette Lincoln-Baker; Phil Maisel; Alexander Mara; Lindsey Martin; Karen Mayberry; Michael McDermott; Julie & Justin McHale; Sharon McHugh; Jim McNeal; Jon Michienzi; Ed Milhous; Farideh Mirmirani; Daniel Misch; Bob Mowbray; Cynthia O’Connell; Kate Offutt; Erika Olimpiew; Terri Ostrowski; Sheila Otwell; Barbara Paolucci; Ellen Perrins; Kate Philpott; Kathy Pugh; Judy Richardson; Ken Rosenthal; Ron Rubin; Chris Ruck; Alaina Ruffin; Emma Rusnak; Kim Schauer; Carrie Seltzer; Jim Seret; Doug Somerell; Ray Smith; Mary Sper; Warren Steiner; Mireya Stirzaker; Jill Swearingen; Jim Teklinski; Jeff Tessein; David, Dean & Dustin Thornton; Rachael Tolman; Cathy Tunis; Brenda Van Doorn; Jenny Vick; Verna Webb; Hugh Whitehead; Toni Woods; Adam Youssef
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All programs will be held at the Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, unless otherwise noted. Refunds are available with two weeks’ notice or if we cancel for any reason. Activities may be canceled due to severe weather, severe weather warnings or low enrollment. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
SEPTEMBER NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT
Follow a trail of clues and discover some natural wonders. Look high in the trees and low on the ground. Use field guides and other aids to help you solve some nature mysteries. Collect a prize at the end. Register by September 6. 306011008 9/9 Sun 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm All Ages $5/RA Member, $7/Non-member BUSY SQUIRRELS
Acorns are falling from the trees and squirrels are hiding them away for a winter’s day. Listen to a story about a busy squirrel and make a squirrel craft. Munch like a squirrel on a crunchy snack, and then look for acorns along the trails. Register by September 7. 306111001 Mon 9/10 10:00 am – 11:00 am OR Tue 9/11 10:00 am – 11:00 am Ages 18-35 months $7/RA Member, $9/Non-member FERMENTATION- SAUERKRAUT WORKSHOP
The ancient technique of fermentation produces some of the most beloved food products around the world. Learn about this technique then practice it by making a jar of your own sauerkraut to take home. Oktoberfest is the perfect time of year to discover this recipe. Guest presenter: Katie Strong, Virginia Cooperative Extension. Register by September 5. 306201012 9/12 Wed 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Adults $20/RA Member, $25/Non-member
BATS OF RESTON
See a presentation on Reston’s bats, then take a stroll to Lake Audubon to look for bats. We’ll scan the sky for our favorite flying mammal and use a bat monitor to detect bat traffic. Learn the latest from the bat world and enjoy some evening wildlife. Register by September 11.
As temperatures and leaves begin to drop, it’s the perfect time of year to cozy up to a crackling campfire. Sing songs, hear stories and enjoy the change of seasons. Roast a hot dog and enjoy a tasty s’more. Park on Soapstone Drive between Glade Drive and Lawyers Road. Register by September 25.
306011008 9/14 Fri 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Ages 5-Adult $5/RA Member, $7/Non-member
306011003 9/28 Fri 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Walker Nature Center Fire Ring on Soapstone Drive between Glade Drive and Lawyers Road All Ages $7/RA Member, $9/Non-member
SEPTEMBER BIRD WALK: STRATTON WOODS PARK 9/16 Sun 7:30 am – 10:30 am 2431 Fox Mill Road Adults Free WIGGLE WORMS
They wiggle, they’re slimy, and they live in the dirt. But there’s a whole lot more to worms. Find out how worms move through the dirt and how they help turn autumn leaves into soil. Watch worms crawl, have worm races and wiggle like a worm. Make a squirmy treat to snack on. Register by September 15. 306121008 9/18 Tue 10:00 am – 11:00 am Ages 3-5 $6/RA Member, $8/Non-member
NATURE WALK AT RESTON NATIONAL GOLF COURSE
Join a Nature Center naturalist and some golf course neighbors to learn about the natural resources and experiences that this valuable open space provides. Look for a variety of birds, including Purple Martins, and visit old field and pond habitats. Co-sponsored by Rescue Reston. Meet at South Lakes Park, 11100 South Lakes Drive between Escalante Ct. and Olde Crafts Dr. Register by September 27. 406201007 10/1 Mon 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Adults Free
Dealing with the fallen leaves in the yard can be tough. Learn how to recycle them the natural way. Plants will love the rich organic soil that your composting efforts provide. Also learn how kitchen waste and other yard debris can be composted right in your own backyard. Register by September 23.
Make a raccoon mask and tail craft, then dress up like a raccoon to go in search of what a raccoon needs. Explore the forest to look for food, water and shelter that is just right for this furry, forest creature. Register by October 1.
306201006 9/26 Wed 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Adults $5/RA Member, $7/Non-member
406121008 10/4 Thu 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Ages 3-5 $6/RA Member, $8/Non-member
STEAM WORKSHOP- FANTASTIC FLIGHT
BEEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS
From the smallest of insects to the largest of birds, animals defy gravity whenever they take flight. Learn the science of how animals stay in the air and do some simple experiments. Watch birds through binoculars to see how they move. Construct a variety of flying contraptions to test your flying skills. Register by October 5.
Certified Master Beekeepers, Todd and Jane Harding, will present an overview, covering the basics of keeping honeybees. This class provides information on honeybees as well as the rules and regulations for keeping them locally. Learning about the costs, equipment and time involved in keeping them will help you to make an informed decision about pursuing this wonderful hobby. Register by October 17.
Start your holiday season with this festive workshop. Make a beautiful centerpiece with native plant materials and four simple napkin rings for your Thanksgiving table ($1 per additional ring). Enjoy mulled cider and seasonal music as we work. All supplies provided. When making reservations, include the number of people and how many centerpieces you wish to make. Register by November 14.
406201006 10/20 Sat 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Adults $5/RA Member, $7/Non-member
406011012 11/17 Sat 10:30 am – Noon or 1 – 2:30 pm All Ages $20/RA Member, $25/Non-member
406131012 10/8 Mon 10:00 am – 11:30 am Ages 5-12 $6/RA Member, $8/Non-member BIRD WALK: BRIGHT POND
10/14 Sun 7:30 am – 10:30 am Bright Pond Lane, park at the end of the cul-de-sac. Adults Free, no registration required FALL FAVORITES
Caramel apples, corn husk crafts, smells of cinnamon and spices. What fall traditions does your family have? Celebrate the natural delights of the season with some Nature Center favorites. Register by October 11. 406011012 10/14 Sun 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm All Ages $8/RA Member, $10/Non-member
STEAM WORKSHOP- CORNUCOPIA OF SCIENCE
Turn the Thanksgiving table into a science experimentat least while you’re at the Nature Center! Discover which foods can create clothing dyes. Learn why some corn is colorful and meet a Corn Snake. Make stamps out of potatoes and use them to create a festive masterpiece. Register by November 2. 406131012 11/5 Mon 10:00 pm–11:30 am Ages 5-12 $6/RA Member, $8/Non-member FUR, FEATHERS AND FINS
LIL’ PUMPKINS HALLOWEEN PARTY
Join the Halloween bash that’s perfect for toddlers. Wear your costume on a walk along the trails. Meet a couple of fun characters and a real Corn Snake. Paint a pumpkin and collect a goody bag to take home. No frights at this fest! Register by October 12. 406111001 Mon 10/15 10:00 am – 11:00 am OR Tue 10/16 10:00 am – 11:00 am Ages 18-35 months $7/RA Member, $9/Non-member
As people pull on warmer clothes, animals also need to stay warm as temperatures drop. Feel furs and feathers and discover what else keeps an animal from getting cold. Make a feathery craft and look for animals in the woods and around the pond. Register by November 7. 406121008 11/10 Sat 10:30 am – 11:30 am Ages 3-5 $6/RA Member, $8/Non-member
BIRD WALK: LOWER GLADE STREAM VALLEY
11/18 Sun 7:30 am – 10:30 am Park on Glade Drive near Twin Branches Road Adults Free, no registration required NATURE’S THANKSGIVING
If animals were going to have a Thanksgiving feast, what would they serve? Discover what animals like to eat and how they prepare for the winter. Set the tables for different animal friends and make a fall wreath for your home. Register by November 16. 406111001 Mon 11/19 10:00 am – 11:00 am OR Tue 11/20 10:00 am – 11:00 am Ages 18-35 months $7/RA Member, $9/Non-member TURKEY TRAIL
Let’s get moving after your big Thanksgiving meal. Sharpen your skills of logic as you follow clues from a “wild” turkey to see where they lead you. Discover more about these fascinating birds. Register by November 21. 406011008 11/24 Sat 11:00 am – Noon All Ages $5/RA Member, $7/Non-member
Leaf Mask Craft
Create a stunning mask out of the fall color-changing leaves.
1. Collect freshly fallen leaves of different shapes and colors.
2. Arrange leaves on mask to create a design you like. Be sure to leave the eye holes open.
Plastic mask (or have an adult help cut out eye holes on a paper plate)
3. Glue leaves onto the mask. When dry, try on your mask.
Colorful fall leaves Craft glue
Costumed Creatures By Earl the Squirrel (with help from Abby Stocking)
Every October I notice the strangest sights around the woods. Human children seem to change overnight. They go through the neighborhoods and even on the trails looking like aliens, animals or even superheroes. I think it’s part of a big celebration called Halloween. It looks like a creative way to get adults to give you extra treats. I sure wish I could join in the fun!
Create a Costumed Earl Help Earl the Squirrel enjoy some Halloween fun. Draw a costume on him.
Here in the woods we do not go trick-or-treating. However, there are some creatures that look as though they are at a costume party. Take raccoons for example. They always look like they are wearing a black mask over their eyes. They also have a fancy striped tail. Then there are animals like deer. While they may not look as fancy as raccoons, they go through a fantastic fall color change. They start to lose the reddish-brown color they had during the summer and become more grayish-brown for the winter. But perhaps the most stunning costumes of all are the ones that the trees wear in autumn. The usual green leaf color gives way to brilliant reds, yellows and oranges. Like Cinderella who only wears her gown for a short time, the clock strikes twelve on the trees and on their color. Once they drop their leaves, they will wait until spring to look lush and green once again. Enjoy the many costumes of fall this year. I sure wouldn’t mind if you left an acorn treat (instead of a trick) near my tree this Halloween.
Native Spotlight: SHRUBS IN THE LANDSCAPE
Beautiful gardens and healthy woodlands have vibrant shrub layers. If you’ve have trouble finding native shrubs, pre-order some Nature Center favorites and enjoy the savings.
By Sharon Gurtz
Place orders by Monday, September 24, 5:00 p.m. Pick up on Saturday, October 6, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Shrubs are used for multiple purposes in landscaping. Whether you are trying to hide an unsightly foundation or a neighbor’s yard, shrubs can be used as a screen. Shrubs can unify your space, forming a flowing boundary between the tall canopy trees and the shorter perennials. You can also make your yard more functional and block off areas to wandering pets and people by strategically planting shrubs. If you have a lot of open ground to cover, these larger plants can provide a short-cut to ground cover. Not only will shrubs help keep soil in place on a slope, but they can fill in large expanses of areas rather quickly. Maybe your yard is small but begging for a focal point - you may want to use a single showy shrub or small native flowering tree to fill the gap.
Shrubs will include deer resistant species. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an order form.
TRAVELING NATURE TRUNKS On loan to teachers and youth group leaders. Bring environmental education to your classroom while meeting Virginia SOL requirements. Each trunk is a treasure chest filled with audio-visual materials, equipment for hands-on learning and activity guides, customized to Reston. Insect Trunk (Grades K-3) NEW! Tree Trunk (Grades K-3 or 4-6) Watershed Trunk (Grades 3-6) Songbird Blues Trunk (Grades 2-4) Free for Reston schools/groups, $25 for non-Reston schools/groups Contact 703-435-6514 or email@example.com. Funding provided by Dominion Energy, Friends of Reston and The Sallie Mae Fund.
Hopefully many of you have been reading the great mapleleaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium) information out there on pollinator gardens and their benefits William M. Ciesla Forest Health Management International and have been hearing the repeated chorus of “plant natives.” Let’s Bugwood.org assume you have been diligently buying and planting wildflowers and ferns that are native to this area. Here in Reston we can also thank our founder, Robert E. Simon, for his master plan that preserved ribbons of green open space lush with stands of mature native trees as well. But there is one more element of the landscape that is often overlooked, but equally important, the shrubs. Fall is an ideal time to plant shrubs.
Shrubs and Wildlife
The functional aspects of shrubs in the landscape may be your top reason for planting them, but let’s not forget the benefits to our non-human neighbors. Shrubs provide food (leaves, berries and seeds.) They give animals a place to escape a hungry predator, to raise their young, or find shelter from a harsh January snow storm. Shrubs may be that missing link in the life cycle of a butterfly or bee, providing nourishment to the larvae or nectar to an adult either early or late in the season. Research studies have proven that the boundary area between habitat types has the greatest species richness or diversity. This is commonly called the “edge” effect. The shrub understory boundary between yard and trees can be vitally important to wildlife.
Native Shrubs for This Area
Viburnums The one best for naturalistic use is Mapleleaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium). It will tolerate full sun to part shade and wet or dry sites. This shrub grows 4-6’ with white flowers in May-July followed by dark berries which are eaten by many birds. If you are looking for a good screen or shrub border, Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) grows 10 – 15’ and Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium) grows 12 – 15.’ Both can grow in full sun to part shade and in soils that have dry to medium moisture. Possomhaw Viburnum (Viburnum nudum) grows 5 -12’ in medium to wet soils and can be used for foundations, hedges and shrub borders.
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) Summersweet or Sweet Pepper Bush (Clethra alnifolia) Inkberry Holly (Ilex glabra), evergreen Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
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CHOOSE FROM ONE OF FOUR EVENT TIMES: Friday, October 26, 6:00 - 7:15 pm or 7:30 - 8:45 pm Saturday, October 27, 6:00 - 7:15 pm or 7:30 - 8:45 pm Ages: 3-Adult RAIN OR SHINE EVENT
RA Members Only Sale begins on Monday, October 1, at 9:00 am.
Buy tickets at www.restonwebtrac.org. Click on “Halloween Tickets” in Quick Links.
We highly recommend that you purchase your tickets online on the first morning of sales. This event sells out extremely quickly. If any tickets remain, non-member sales will begin Tuesday, October 2, at 9:00 am.
TICKETS: Online advance tickets only.
No refunds. $12/person
(Adults and children must have tickets) IMPORTANT - Make sure you have created your WebTrac user account by September 26. Go to www.restonwebtrac.org and click “Need an Account” under “Member Login.” Your account may take up to two business days for approval.
Gate opens 15 minutes prior to the event start time. Park along Glade Drive or at Glade Pool, and bring a flashlight. Children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult at all times. Ticket price includes a Trick-or-Treat bag and a refreshment. Participants are encouraged to wear non-scary costumes and enjoy activities at their own pace.
This is not a horror show or a haunted house.
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