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Great Blue Heron in action!

Patience is the name of the game. He waits, we wait...  Did you miss it?   Gulp. Yummy.  Video by Suzanne Donohue, 5/1/20.

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More trails, more places to exercise

Life in the age of coronavirus: parks to the rescue!

With so many things closed, and people working at home, the parks have become extremely important for getting the exercise we need to stay healthy.  The NWB trails map now includes some new trails between Colesville Rd. and the Prince George's line.  (Click on the picture to link to the trails map via the Montgomery Parks site.)  Information about park road closures to provide yet more space to walk and bike is provided here. Enjoy, and stay safely away from everyone else!


Wetlands trail in Magruder Park, NWB

Upcoming Events


Meeting Schedule

THE AGE OF CORONA VIRUS IS GREATLY CHANGING HOW WE OPERATE.  Our meeting place, the White Oak Library, has been closed all this spring, so our meetings were canceled.  But the library is not going to be available to us in the fall either because public rooms in all libraries are needed to store furniture removed for social distancing.   We are considering Zoom meetings, following the excellent turnout for the FOSC program on birds at the Wheaton Branch Ponds to which we were invited.  A good number of NNWB members attended.    So while our June 2 meeting is canceled, we do have a joint Zoom meeting with FOSC on June 23.


Montgomery Parks has started to reopen some amenities and programs to  the public: all outdoor tennis courts, campgrounds, driving range, and archery ranges. Restrictions are lifted from boating and fishing to allow for all recreational purposes. However, organized activities (e.g., our stream cleanups) are still not allowed through the end of May.   But you can take a bag and gloves with you on your walks and pick up stuff--just remember to stay 6 feet away from anyone else! Stay up to date with the MoCo Parks COVID-19 status page at the button below.


In just 7 minutes 4 seconds, here's the Northwest Branch and what we do.  Check it out.  Then join us.  The more people are engaged, the more we all can accomplish!  Special thanks to John Sullivan for creating this video! 

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