january, 2020


Event Details

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Winter Walks Along the Canal
Wednesdays (10 am-12:30 pm)
Section A: January 8 – Carderock
Section B: January 22 – Widewater
Section C: February 5 – Swain’s Lock
Section D: February 26 – Violettes Lock
Sestion E: March 11 – Pennyfield Lock
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Each walk members $25; nonmembers $35
Entire series $113/$159
Join our Senior Naturalist for one or all of these walks along the C&O Canal as we look for over-wintering birds and other wildlife, practice winter botany skills, and enjoy the expansive views along the Potomac River that this season provides. Carpooling will be available from Woodend. REGISTER

Introduction to the Natural History of Lichens
Thursday, January 9 (7:30-9:30 pm)
Saturday, January 11 (10 am-2 pm)
Leader: Dr. Paula DePriest
Members $42; nonmembers $58
Lecture only: members $20; nonmembers $28
Winter is the perfect season to search for the varied hues and forms of lichens, the fascinating and mysterious inhabitants of unpolluted ecosystems. On Thursday night, Dr. Paula DePriest of the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute, will introduce us to the natural history of lichens through an illustrated lecture. Saturday’s field trip to the Widewater area along the C&O Canal will give participants a chance to study and identify lichens in their natural environment. REGISTER

New Year’s Moonwalk
Friday, January 10 (6:30-8:30 pm)
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Members $25; nonmembers $35
Cross your fingers for clear skies as we celebrate the New Year with a brisk walk under the light of the year’s first full moon. We’ll head upriver on the C&O Canal towpath from Swain’s Lock, enjoying the shadows of arching sycamore trees and listening for the calls of owls and winter-active mammals. Distance covered will depend on the weather and conditions underfoot. REGISTER

Natural History of Galls
Sunday, January 12 (1:30-3:30 pm)
Leader: Cliff Fairweather
Members $24; nonmembers $34
Naturalist Edwin Way Teale called galls edible homes and that’s not a bad two-word definition for these hijacked bits of plant tissue. Discover the fascinating, often complex, and occasionally bizarre world of galls, gall-makers, and their associates. Through an indoor/outdoor exploration at our Woodend Sanctuary, we’ll learn about their natural history and develop our gall search-image. REGISTER

Native Plant Gardening
Winter Walk: Wednesday, January 15 (10 am-Noon)
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Members $25; nonmembers $35
Explore the Blair Native Plant Garden, located just outside the Sanctuary Shop, with our Senior Naturalist who helped develop the garden and its educational focus. Find out more about the values of gardening with native plant species, including: lower maintenance; more value to native birds, butterflies and other insects, including pollinators; reduced negative impact on local ecosystems, and more. We’ll discuss native alternatives to popular non-native species such as English ivy, as well as resources for broadening one’s knowledge and understanding of plants natives to the mid-Atlantic. REGISTER.

Winter Birding at Oaks Landfill
A: Sunday, January 19 (3-5:30 pm)
B: Sunday, February 9 (3:30-6 pm)
Leader: Mark England
Each walk members $24; nonmembers $32
You’ll want to bundle up for these birding treks to the now-closed landfill adjacent to the Blue Mash Nature Trail, a familiar birding spot in upper Montgomery County. As afternoon fades to dusk in the open terrain here, we’ll search for resident and overwintering species, including Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls. Our leader will bring along a scope for distant bird viewing. Our visit to this area which is “closed to the public” is by special permission. Please register for one session only to allow for greater participation. REGISTER

Morning on a Monadnock
Sunday, January 19 (9 am-1 pm)
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Members: $28; nonmembers $38
Start the New Year off with a nature hike on Sugarloaf Mountain, our local monadnock.  We’ll make stops to practice our winter plant ID skills, while keeping our eyes and ears open for activity of still-active wildlife, including birds and mammals. Our hike will include some uphill and downhill as we cover 2-3 miles, including a fairly steep ¼ mile hike up to the summit (and down). Note: the mountain’s trails will be rocky, uneven, and possibly muddy/slippery given the time of year. The choice of trails and actual distance covered will depend upon the weather/ground conditions of the day. REGISTER


Year Around Event (2020)