Monday, November 14, 2016

Four Mile Run Conservation Series: Wildlife, Thursday November 17th

The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation hosts its final conservation series event centering on the wildlife of Four Mile Run, and they're seeking the involvement of community members interested in initiating citizen science programs to better understand the wildlife community in the park. 

Join them at 7pm on Thursday, November 17 at Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota for this final conservation series event  to, find out what they've learned about the wildlife of Four Mile Run Park, and how you can be involved in citizen science projects to identify and document the wildlife here.


Below you'll find pictures of some of the wildlife of Four Mile Run Park, as captured by park visitors and our wildlife survey cameras. Click on any picture to enlarge it.

Conservation Series Continues

Basket making in the park
For those who have missed the Four Mile Run conservation series events so far, here is an update on activities at Four Mile Run Park. In late September, the Conservatory Foundation had an invasive vine removal and basketmaking event. Volunteers removed kudzu and porcelainberry vines, using the material to create marvelous works of art, with guidance from local artist Karen Brown on a warm and wonderful day out at the park.

Volunteers plant native trees
Then at the end of October, attention focused on trees, co-presenting on historic land cover and the forests of the Four Mile Run watershed with Alexandria Natural Resource Specialist Rod Simmons on Thursday, October 27, followed by a tree planting at the Edison Street entrance to the park on Saturday, October 29. In all, volunteers planted 24 native trees appropriate to the site. These included bitternut hickory, willow oak, pin oak, swamp white oak, sassafras, black gum, sweet gum, American hornbeam, American elm, and black walnut.


The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and volunteer organization formed in 2016 following years of community efforts to foster the preservation, beautification, improvement, maintenance, and enjoyment of Four Mile Run Park.

Their mission is to engage and educate the public, and to maintain the trail system and natural lands around lower Four Mile Run to improve Four Mile Run Park, and to foster respect and stewardship for this unique urban ecosystem and its natural, historic, and recreational resources. Their vision is a Four Mile Run Park that is fully utilized and appreciated by its neighbors and other stakeholders as an important part of community life, a resource for recreation, and a model for natural lands maintenance in an urban setting.

The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation is grateful for program support in 2016 from:

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