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Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Riverbend Family Adventure Offers Nearby Overnight Camping

Riverbend Family Adventure Offers Nearby Overnight Camping

From Fairfax County:

If you’ve been postponing that overnight trip to the woods because gas is so expensive or your schedule is full, consider an adventure closer to home. Families can enjoy a blazing campfire and night hike at Riverbend Park located in Great Falls, VA. Get away from it all right here with the Fairfax County Park Authority!

Volunteers Needs for Geese Management Program

Volunteers Needs for Geese Management Program

From Fairfax County:

        Help control our growing resident Canada geese population in Fairfax County!  Do you have nesting geese on your private or public property?  Would you like to manage these geese due to public safety, human health, or environmental impact concerns?

            Volunteers are needed for the Geese Management Program in April and May. Come join the Fairfax County Wildlife Biologist and participating stakeholders. Volunteers will learn to use a safe and humane technique (addling) to manage resident geese populations. Addling is a simple process applying corn oil on eggs to prevent embryo development.

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Please vote for WHS in the ASPCA's $100K Challenge to save lives. The money would be used to help WHS save more animals in DC

Riverbend Park Expands Programming Into Historic Properties

Riverbend Park Expands Programming Into Historic Properties

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

Located along the Potomac River upstream from Great Falls in the northwestern corner of Fairfax County, Riverbend Park has long been home to a rich variety of nature programs. Thousands of people visit the park each year to learn about local flora and fauna from the park’s staff of knowledgeable and enthusiastic naturalists. However, traveling to Great Falls for a program or class can sometimes be difficult; so many people haven’t experienced these high-quality programs. That’s about to change in the New Year.

 

Pigskin Rivalry Gone Too Far

Two young pigs were at the center of a football rivalry between Gonzaga College High School and Saint John’s college high school.

During a November 4th game at Gonzaga High someone spray painted ST. JOHN’S on both pigs and then released them onto the football field. The poor animals were frightened and in a panic. Luckily, students and staff members were able to safely corral the pigs into an equipment shed until Animal Control arrived. 

French Deer

Last weekend, two deer tried to move in with the French ambassador. The animals wandered on to the ambassador’s property in Northwest, DC and refused to leave. Several Animal Control Officers were called to help relocate the two deer back to Rock Creek Park where they originally came from. The ambassador's home, while very nice, was not deer friendly.  The property was too small, there was not enough grass or leaves for the deer to eat, and if they tried to jump the tall fence they could get hurt.

It took the ACOs nearly five hours to safely sedate both deer and transport them back to Rock Creek Park. Once back home, the animals were woken up and released back into the woods.

The deer may not have understood what we were trying to do for them, but they are now safe. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at the French Ambassador’s home for assisting us in this rescue.