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August 2015

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Mark Your Calendars! Woodend Runoff Solutions 
Survey team at Woodend

Please plan to join us Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Woodend Nature Sanctuary for a public meeting on a draft plan to retrofit Woodend to soak up runoff and restore Rock Creek. Invite a friend or neighbor too.

On July 22, ANS Executive Director Lisa Alexander and Conservation Director Diane Cameron hosted staff from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and the Center for Watershed Protection on a stormwater tour of Woodend to identify candidate sites for retrofits such as rain gardens, permeable pavement and infiltration trenches.

Our goal is to capture 100 percent of our runoff on-site. We're on our way. We recently installed a native plant conservation landscape on-site and on our recommendation, the Department of Transportation installed a permeable sidewalk on Brierly Road adjacent to Woodend.

Join us for this public meeting to learn more about the proposed retrofit concepts, and other projects and to share your feedback.  RSVP with Diane Cameron today.

Pictured: Clean Water Protection Engineer Greg Hoffmann; Department of Environmental Protection Watershed Outreach Ryan Zerbe; Lisa Alexander; Chesapeake Bay Trust Intern Dan Hill; Chesapeake Bay Trust Senior Program Officer Sadie Drescher; Department of Environmental Protection RainScapes Planner Donna Evans. Photo by Diane Cameron

New Creek Critters App Making a Splash 
Creek Critters App Supporter Dick Raines using app

ANS officially launched the new Creek Critters app during Creek Week this June with a network of local partners hosting streamside events around the region. 

"The event was a big success.  People enjoyed the app and were able to catch and ID critters with very little help from the supervising volunteers.  Mostly people would ID the critter and then ask us if they were right." - Sarah Morse, Executive Director, Little Falls Watershed Alliance

In July, visiting members from other Independent Audubon Societies joined Creek Critters app supporter Dick Raines, ANS staff and summer campers to try out the app and learn more about adopting Creek Critters for use in their own service areas.   

See pictures from Creek Week and more

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September is Back-to-School Month--Even for Adults
Fall leaves
The fall session of our Natural History Field Studies classes, offered in collaboration with Graduate School USA, begins September 15 at our Woodend Sanctuary and the Metro-accessible Capital Gallery, DC. Offering an overview of the region's natural history and conservation issues, the courses focus on learning in the field. Take them for professional development, to earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Natural History, or for the pure pleasure of learning. This fall's slate includes Chesapeake Bay Ecosystems, Fall Woody Plant ID, Bird Life—and more. Learn more.

Thank you, Frank!
Weekend Walks in Woods Group
Volunteer Master Naturalist Frank Sanford is a regular around Woodend. Whether it is helping with a school program, leading a Weekend Walk in the Woods, or most recently planning an entirely Master Naturalist-run summer camp session, not a week goes by that Frank doesn’t log volunteer hours for ANS.  So far this year he has logged three times the number of volunteer hours required to maintain his Master Naturalist certification.  And to each of those volunteer hours, Frank has brought his tremendous talents as an educator and his endless passion for the natural world.  Check out the next Weekend Walk in the Woods.  Frank just might be leading it!

Rust Showcases School Programs to Area Educators 
 Rust Open House with Educators
On Tuesday, July 28, the Rust Environmental Education team of Susanne Ortmann and Ellen McDougall showcased ANS programming for school-aged children to more than a dozen Loudoun County educators during its first annual Environmental Education Open House. The pair highlighted our Unplug and Play Afterschool Nature Clubs, Naturalist in the Classroom programs, and Environmental Science Field Trip opportunities at Rust Nature Sanctuary. Susanne Ortmann even led a few of the educators down to the Rust pond, where they collected critters and tried to ID them. Learn more about Rust programs

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Annual Bloomin' Birdathon a Success! 

Thank you for making our annual Bloomin’ Birdathon a success. With your generous support, we raised $26,710—exceeding our goal of $25,000. The new Birdathon events, such as the Birdhouse Build-off Contest, helped to increase participation from 43 participants last year to 222 this year. Read a few this year's Birdathon reports

Pictured: Ric Simmons winning birdhouse entry. Ric won Most Votes & Best Design for Birds in ANS's first-ever Birdathon Birdhouse Build-off Contest. Photo courtesy of Ric Simmons.  

Summer Book Sale at the Audubon Naturalist Shop 
Nature Anatomy book cover
Stop by and stock up on books now through August 31 during the Summer Book Sale at the Audubon Naturalist Shop. ANS members enjoy a 20 percent discount on books this month, non-members take 10 percent off. This sale discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Learn more

Clean Water Meet & Greet August 4 
Maryland Sierra Club water image

We're partnering with the Maryland Sierra Club and Friends of Sligo Creek to host a Clean Water Meet and Greet on August 4, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Join us!

This event is FREE and will feature a short talk by ANS's own Diane Cameron on easy clean stream yard makeovers. She'll talk about planting trees and native plant gardens that will bring more pollinators to your yard and help Montgomery County meet its Clean Water Act permit mandates. Let us know you'll be there

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Leesburg, VA 20175
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Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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