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TO RSVP, click to rsvp here and then Email Barb22030 AT yahoo DOT com. Thanks! (FYI, most people who are confirmed to attend, are NOT listed on this Meetup RSVP list.)

Once you meet these pint-size critters with oversized eyes and silky soft fur, you'll see why their nickname is "fairy diddles." And even though southern flying squirrels are as common as gray squirrels in Virginia, this will probably be your only chance for a close-up encounter with these super-common but seldom-seen furry night gliders. Long Branch Nature Center's naturalist will introduce us to a rescued flying squirrel -- if you are careful, she'll even let you touch it -- and then we'll head outside to watch wild ones soar down from the tree tops to nosh on nuts and peanut butter.

Since this is an unusual event and we can only bring 20 people, you need to email the hike leader at Barb22030 AT yahoo DOT com and she will add you to the RSVP list. There is a $5 mandatory fee for Arlington's program, plus a voluntary $2 donation to the Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings (SCPRO) to support its many volunteer-led activities. Please bring EXACT CHANGE. If you cannot attend, please contact Barbara at least 24 hours before the event so someone can take your place. Thanks!

(1.) QUESTIONS: if you have questions, please contact Barbara and NOT Long Branch since this is a private event.

(2.) MISCELLANOUS: Please arrive early if possible. Adults only. (Long Branch hosts its own sessions for kids.) Dress warmly for outdoors. Indoor talk by Long Branch's naturalist is about one hour and then we move outdoors, weather permitting, to view the squirrels. Optional: bring camera, flashlight. Snow, ice, heavy rain cancels.

(3.) DIRECTIONS: Use this address for GPS: 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington, VA. Follow the one-lane driveway back to the nature center, which is at[masked], [masked]

(4.) FOR MORE INFO:

LONG BRANCH NATURE CENTER:
https://parks.arlingtonva.us/locations/long-branch-nature-center-park/

WASH POST "ROAD TRIP" STORY (BY LEADER) TO LONG BRANCH:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/columns/roadtrip/maps/trip01282007.pdf

FLYING SQUIRRELS:
http://www.nhptv.org/wild/southernflyingsquirrel.asp

http://capitalnaturalist.blogspot.com/2015/02/southern-flying-squirrels.html