Branching Out, Fall 2018

Following are events of interest to Tree Stewards and other tree lovers. Outdoor events are weather permitting.

Webinar: Construction Damage, Severe Storms, and Tree Failure Analysis
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1-2:15 p.m.
U.S. Forest Service’s Urban Forest Connections
Free. Connect here.
Understanding how and why trees fail can help improve how urban forests are designed and how best to manage the risks.

How Native Plants Support Wildlife
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7:30-9 p.m.
Norma Hoffman Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria 22306
Free. Sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh, Plant NOVA Natives, the Northern Virginia Bird Club, and Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society.
How residential landscapes influence biodiversity is the focus of research and a talk by Dr. Desiree Narango. She has studied how well native and non-native trees provide food for Carolina chickadees.

Alexandria Park Maintenance and Projects Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
Alexandria Police Department Community Room, 3600 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria
Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities will provide updates on park maintenance and planned capital improvement projects, discuss the managed meadow and conservation area, and take input on the use of developer contributions for Armistead Boothe, Ben Brenman, and Cameron Station linear parks. Ben Brenman Park was the site of two Tree Steward planting events this spring.

TreesVirginia Workshop Postponed
Friday, Sept. 14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Best Western Inn and Conference Center, Waynesboro
Because of the threat of inclement weather, the workshop has been postponed.
Be sure to cancel your lodging reservation. The Best Western number is 540.942.1100.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Glencarlyn Park Picnic Pavilion 1, 401 S. Harrison St., Arlington 22204
Use your tree knowledge as a citizen scientist by joining expert and amateur naturalists to inventory plants, wildlife, or other living things using the free app iNaturalist. Information collected will help the county update its Natural Resources Management Plan. Click on Sign-up Genius to pick your event and time. Questions?

Four Mile Run Conservatory Kayak Cleanups
Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-noon
Thursday, Sept. 20, 5-7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-noon
Monday, Oct. 8 (Columbus Day), 9 a.m.-noon
Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-noon
Free. Register here.
Five opportunities to collect litter along the southern stretch of Four Mile Run, helping wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay.

4MR Native Ecosystem Restoration
Sunday, Sept. 23, 9-11:30 a.m.
4109 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria 22305
Free. Register here.
Naturalist Rod Simmons and ecologist Kurt Moser lead a walk sponsored by the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society to view the award-winning wetland restoration by the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation. There will be a non-native weed pull after the walk—bring a lunch and water, and help with the change for the better along Four Mile Run.

Memorial Arboretum Walking Tour
Arlington National Cemetery
Fridays, Sept. 28, Oct. 19, and Nov. 2, 9-11:30 a.m.
Free. Meet at Welcome Center Information Desk.
View more than 300 species of trees and learn about the cemetery’s Level III Accredited Arboretum.

Geology of Scott’s Run

Sunday, Sept. 30, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Leader: Joe Marx

Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) members $26; nonmembers $36

Scotts Run Nature preserve is a 336-acre tract of Virginia woods, ravines and palisades just upstream from the American Legion Bridge. The landscape varies from rolling upland and a narrow stream valley to rocky cliffs and riverine floodplain. The bedrock was formed in an ocean that was extinguished during the assembly of the super-continent Pangea.  One clearly visible landform in essentially a stretch mark attendant to the opening of the Atlantic. We will hike a circuit of two miles on unpaved trails that will occasionally be rocky and steep as we observe both rocks and forest.  The pace set and distance covered on our geology hikes will be faster and farther than our usual “naturalists’ shuffle.” There will also be two stream crossings on concrete “cobbles.”

TreeStewards Training Begins
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.
Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206
A new group of Arlington and Alexandria residents will be introduced to the many volunteer opportunities offered by becoming a Tree Steward. Syllabus.

Historical Geography Walk
Sunday, Oct. 7, 10-11:30 a.m.
4109 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria 22305
Learn about the historical geography of lower Four Mile Run on this 1.7-mile walk.

Mid-Atlantic Chapter, ISA, Annual Meeting
Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8 and 9
Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center, 5400 Holiday Dr., Frederick, MD
Fees increase after Sept. 14. Register here.
Field events occur Monday, indoor presentations Tuesday at this meeting of the local chapter of the International Society of Arborists.

Intro to Tree Identification
Friday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Leader: Stephanie Mason
ANS members $34, nonmembers $48
Fall is a great time to learn to identify trees and shrubs. With brilliant leaves highlighting the twigs, new buds already formed, and many fruits hanging on, there are lots of distinguishing features that help sort out the various species. This program at Woodend Sanctuary will begin indoors with a look at some techniques of tree identification, coupled with practice using a simple key. Outdoors use your new skills to identify many of the trees growing on the grounds. Both beginners and those who want to brush up on their ID skills are welcome.

Free Tree Distributions
Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Arlington County Nursery, 4240 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington 22206
Wed., Oct. 24, 3–6 p.m.
Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden Parking Lot, 850 N. Lexington St., Arlington 22205
Tree Steward volunteers are needed to help Arlington residents select one of 400 free tree whips for planting in their yards to help expand and enhance the county’s urban tree canopy.

Fall Fungus Walk
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2-4:30 p.m.
Leader: Tovi Lehmann
ANS Members $24; nonmembers $34
Fall is a great time to learn to ID some of the most common families of fungi and their role in the ecosystem. At a local natural area, explore the natural history of your fungal neighbors. Note: this outing will focus on natural history of fungi species, not their edibility.

Window into the World of Fungi
Thursday, Nov. 1, 7-9:30 p.m.
Leader: Tovi Lehmann
Free, but registration required.
Rooted, yet not plants, heterotrophs, but not animals (growing in fairy rings, yet not even fairies), fungi are members of another kingdom. Mostly hidden under the surface, fungi have evolved their own solutions to life’s persistent problems. Gaining the recognition for their pivotal role in shaping the living world, they now reshape fundamental perceptions of biologists. In this lecture at the ANS Woodend Sanctuary, explore the natural history and ecology of local fungi neighbors. Edibility is not featured. REGISTER ONLINE.

A Year in Rock Creek Park
Fall Nature Hike in Rock Creek Park
Saturday, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
ANS members $34; nonmembers $42
Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park and the critically acclaimed, City of Trees, will offer her twelfth year of popular nature walks for ANS in the country’s oldest urban national park, created in 1890.  Hike the Western Ridge and Valley Trails during peak fall foliage and fruiting season. The hike will traverse 4-6 miles, with uphill and downhill on natural surface trails which may be rocky and uneven

A Year at Theodore Roosevelt Island
Autumn Tree Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Late Autumn Tree Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Each walk: ANS members $28; nonmembers $38
Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of A Year in Rock Creek Park and City of Trees, for a year-long exploration of Theodore Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre island in the Potomac that serves as a fitting memorial to our conservationist and naturalist 26th  president—and Audubon Naturalist Society member. The fall tree walks will take you deep into the swamp and tidal inlet along the boardwalk where willows, bald-cypresses and cattails frame views of the city behind it

Fall Leaf Drawing Workshop

Monday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Leader: Tina Thieme Brown

ANS members $32; nonmembers $44

There is a long tradition of naturalists keeping field notes, often accompanied by drawings. Learn how to add sketches to your field observations at a workshop at Woodend Sanctuary. Tina will lead you on a walk in the woods, where you will carry along your sketchbook and reflect on the changing season. Returning to an indoor classroom, she will guide you through the steps to create a drawing of fall leaves and acorns. The only experience required is a love of nature, and a desire to look closely at the seasonal changes in native trees. A suggested art supply list will be provided with confirmation letter.

Trees Matter Symposium
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, MD
Fee and registration (not yet open) required through Montgomery Parks
Experts on urban forestry discuss innovative efforts to plant, protect, and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings.

Hawks at Four Mile Run
Sunday, Nov. 18, 10-11 a.m.
4109 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria 22305
Look for migrating hawks and other wild residents of the natural areas of the park. Binoculars and field guides optional.

Geology at Long Branch
Saturday, Dec. 1, 1- 4 p.m.
Inclement weather date: Sunday, Dec. 9
Leader: Joe Marx
ANS members $26; nonmembers $36
Arlington’s Long Branch Nature Center occupies a picturesque spot overlooking a short, misnamed tributary of Four Mile Run, itself a tributary of the Potomac. Hike a mile or so out–and a mile back–down Long Branch and Four Mile Run, returning by the same route. A variety of rock units are exposed along the trail, including an undersea landslide frozen in time, long-vanished seaside flats, and the bottom layer of the coastal plain. To add botanical icing to our geological cake, we will traverse an old-growth upland forest and a quicker-changing floodplain forest. The paved route is entirely on level to gently inclined park trails.

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TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, are trained volunteers who work to protect, preserve, and enhance urban tree canopy through public education and volunteer activities such as planting, pruning, and caring for trees.
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