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Barberry, Birds, and Beer

Join Nature Lovers and Arlington Regional Master Naturalists for a 3-part event. 

First, we will perform some habitat restoration work by removing invasives at the Nature Conservancy’s Fraser Preserve. Our focus will be Japanese barberry with its large bushes sporting red berries: for these, we first remove & bag the fruit, then cut & uproot the bushes using garden forks or weed wrenches. And there are areas where the large bushes have been removed, but many small seedlings have come up where seeds got dropped: these can easily be pulled out by hand. Why is barberry worth removing? 1: It’s an invasive exotic the deer won’t eat. 2: It changes the soil chemistry to the disadvantage of native woodland plants. 3: It concentrates mice & therefore tick populations, leading to higher proportions of disease in larger numbers of ticks.  Read more about  Fraser Preserve.

Second, as a reward for our habitat restoration work, we will do some brief birding along the Potomac River at Riverbend Park where some experienced birders will be available with spotting scopes.

Finally, those of us who are interested will adjourn to nearby Old Brogue, a cozy Irish pub.


Directions - I will try to find some time to pull together written directions, but am not positive that I will have the ability to do so.  Please, if you are driving on your own, take some time beforehand to look over directions.

Carpool - Please consider using the site to arrange a carpool.  Parking at the Fraser Preserve is not abundant and a caravan of 15 vehicles between the 3 sites (barberry, birding, and beer) may be unwieldy.  A carpool will be leaving from South Arlington.

Volunteer release - Volunteers need to sign a release.  If possible, please fill out beforehand.  It may be found here:

What to bring - I recommend bringing directions, volunteer release, water, snacks, gloves, and binoculars if you have them.  Loppers, clippers, and weed wrenches will be available, but please bring if you can.


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  • Jann

    Good activity, weather and company!

    February 24, 2014

  • mark

    The barberry removal was great. But, there were no "birds" or "beer."

    February 23, 2014

    • Lori

      Sorry we missed you. We are having beer now; just finished birding.

      February 23, 2014

  • Carolyn

    Sorry to say but I ended up with a migraine this morning. I was really looking forward to this event. I hope to join you soon at another event.

    February 23, 2014

  • Margie

    Home maintenace issues require me to cancel.

    February 23, 2014

  • Elizabeth J.

    Sorry we won't be able to make this one. We will try the next meet up.

    February 23, 2014

  • Elizabeth J.

    Sounds fun! We are going to try to make this!

    February 20, 2014

    • Lori

      Great. If you haven't already done so, can you please rsvp?

      February 21, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Have to attend a meeting

    February 17, 2014

  • Dan H.

    Great idea, I would love to attend, and participate but have an on going obligation at 1pm. I look forward to the next event.

    February 5, 2014

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