Next WABC Meeting — March 25!

The Washington Area Butterfly Club meets the last Thursday of the month at Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington, VA.  Meetings are free and open to the public.  For information about the meetings, please contact  rsimms32573 || AT || aol || DOT || com.

NEXT MEETING:  7:30 p.m. March 25, 2010

“Preserving Biodiversity: How Pollinators Benefit”

SPEAKER:  Randy Phoebus, President, Native Grassland Conservancy

Randy tells us his presentation came about as a result of the photographic documentation of rambles through some of the rarest and most rapidly declining parts of our local and regional ecosystem.  “The heliophilic native plant communities and their dependent native fauna are rich in diversity and sustain many species valuable to our human community,” he says. ‘The sun-loving native flora of the Maryland landscape also provide some of the greatest benefit to maintaining viable populations of Pollinators. There is a remarkable symmetry between the two kingdoms of our Native Flora and Native Fauna and that elegant dynamic is subtly demonstrated in the photographic evidence provided in the presentation.  The subject of resource management will also be briefly explored in the discussion of the health of the populations of Maryland’s non-forest dwelling native species.”

The mission of the Native Grassland Conservancy, founded in 2007, is restoration and preservation of native communities of Grassland flora and fauna.  Randy has been an organic farmer since 1995.

Directions to Long Branch Nature Center via Google Maps:,+Arlington,+VA+22204&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=42.360237,59.326172&ie=UTF8&z=16

Directions from I-395:
Take the SEMINARY RD exit- EXIT 4. Turn onto SEMINARY RD going northwest.
Turn RIGHT onto CARLIN SPRINGS RD / VA-716.  Long Branch Nature Center is about 0.8 miles on the right behind a medical office building near a hospital. The Long Branch sign (which may be unlit on at least one side) and driveway are just before the office building. Follow the long driveway past the offices’ parking garage, through the woods, to the Nature Center parking lot. Walk up the incline to the Nature Center. ADC Northern Virginia Map 16, G-8.

Directions from Washington Beltway (I-495):
Drive EAST on ROUTE 50 about 5 miles.
Turn right (SOUTH) onto CARLIN SPRINGS ROAD.  The Nature Center is about 1/3 mile on the left behind a medical office building; the sign and driveway are just beyond the building (just before the building for those driving NORTH from COLUMBIA PIKE). Drive past the office building and down the wooded driveway to the Nature Center parking lot.

Directions by Public Transportation:
From Ballston Metro station (Orange Line) board the 25A bus towards Pentagon.
Walk in the same direction the bus was going, cross the street when you see the Nature Center sign, and continue on the long driveway past the medical offices’ parking garage, through the woods, to the Nature Center (about a 3-minute walk).

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