Our April bird walk has unfortunately been hit by the prospect of rain and snow and was postponed. We will, however, celebrate Earth Day with clean-ups all along the NWB.
Earth Day Weekend Clean-ups. Please come and help! Wear shoes that can get muddy and long pants and sleeves. Bring your water bottle. Gloves and bags will be provided. Bring your friends and make it a fun way to improve the health and beauty of the Northwest Branch!
NW Branch behind the W. Hyattsville Metro Station
9 a.m. -12 noon
New parking fee $2 on Metro lot.
Leader: Maurie Kathan, email@example.com
Broadacres Local Park
9 a.m. - noon
Park free at JoAnn Leleck E.S.
710 Beacon Road Silver Spring Leaders: Kristen Backert and Michael Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org
NW Branch at Burnt Mills Special Park East
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Park free at 10701 Columbia Pike (Colesville Rd.) Silver Spring
Leader: Larry Hush, email@example.com
Macro-invertebrate monitoring in NWB.
The NNWB site is just downstream from the NWB trailhead at Kemp Mill Road.
You are welcome to come observe.
In May, we’ll visit Rachel Carson’s home and hike the stream’s mid-section along the Rachel Carson Trail when the Mountain Laurel is in full bloom.
Topic and location TBD
Jesup Blair Local Park
900 Jesup Blair Dr, Silver Spring
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
NNWB will participate with a table showcasing what we do for the Northwest Branch.
Bird Walk with leader Ross Feldner
Burnt Mills Dam, 9:00 a.m.
Because a large group would scare the birds away, the leader has requested we limit the group to 10-12. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Rachel Carson Open House
Date, time, and starting location TBD
In the warmth of June we’ll explore the lower section of the Northwest Branch by biking from the Beltway to its confluence with the Northeast Branch, then hop on a boat to boat down the mainstem of the Anacostia. (provisional) (picture by Anacostia Watershed Society)
Bike Ride - along the Lower NWB from Beltway to Mainstem
Start time and location TBD. Stay tuned.
Topic and location TBD
A group of 13 explored the Underground Railroad within a remaining patch of woods along the NWB, concluding with a visit to the Sandy Spring African American Slave Museum and Art Gallery.
Ann English, Rainscapes Planner for Montgomery County spoke to our group of about how to turn yards into sponges to reduce polluted runoff into our streams, and how to tap into the county's program of rebates that help offset some of the cost.
A group of over 20 participants were treated to a sight-sound match of birds and their songs, along with interesting information about the birds' habits and talents. Many of these birds are ones we can expect to see on our outdoor bird walk April 7, 9 a.m., Burnt Mills dam.
Check out pictures from a very cold weekend of cleanups at Broad Acres Local Park and the Lamberton Tributary. Both areas contribute trash to the Northwest Branch. Best to get it BEFORE it gets to the Branch.
Participants from White Oak Middle School sign in and pick up bags and gloves for the morning's work.
We would prefer not to have to clean up careless people's trash, but those who help in this endeavor enjoy some camaraderie while they work.
After sorting and consolidation, what we removed from the stream and valley amounted to 13 bags full of recyclables and 12 bags of other trash.
James Graham discusses the hike to Rachel Carson's home along the Rachel Carson Trail on the Northwest Branch.
Walking north upstream on a beautiful day, if unseasonably warm.
After the tour and presentations we toured the pollinator garden.