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Huntley Meadows Features Bees And Bones

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

There are two exciting programs coming up at Huntley Meadows Park.  One program features the buzz on bees and the other explores bones, the makings of a very good skeleton! You can join in the fun with these family-friendly and affordable weekend activities.

On Saturday, February 26, 2011, get all abuzz about the bees and learn about the fascinating lives of our native bees.  The program runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m.  Find out how they contribute to the human world and what you can do to attract them to your garden.  Discuss plans for a bee box including how to build them and how to care for them.  The cost is just $6 per person. 

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.


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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.

Alexandria Health Department Issues Mosquito-borne Diseases Warning

The West Nile virus is active in the area and continues to be a threat, especially after last week’s storms. Alexandria Health Department has issued a warning about the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. The warning comes at a time when there is an increased amount of standing water around neighborhoods, damaged homes in the area allow mosquitoes indoors, and more local residents are spending time outside cleaning up debris and doing storm repairs.

While many people who get bitten by a mosquito with West Nile do not get sick, there is still a risk of getting meningitis or encephalitis. The Alexandria Health Department also wanted to remind residents that if you are over the age of 50, you may have an increased risk of complications from the West Nike virus and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

A birth of a bumper crop of mosquitoes is expected very soon after last week’s storm and the health department has several recommendations to avoid any mosquito-borne diseases.