September 15, 2024

Save the date for Owl Moon - a wonderful way to start the autumn season! At this outdoor event, you will have a chance to meet each of our birds, learn their personal stories, and even get a few selfies with your favorite owl while enjoying the sunset in a truly spectacular setting.

This event is hosted by the Friends of Mason Neck State Park and is open to the public. Tickets are required. Check back for details about the program and how to purchase tickets.

Image credit: Grayson Smith USFWS Public Domain

Join Secret Garden Birds and Bees - and our live hawks and owls - at Riverbend Park for the Bluebells at the Bend Festival. It's the perfect way to welcome spring with live music, live animals, kids’ crafts, exhibitors, food, and more. You'll learn all about the exciting birds of prey living right in the park and you might even get to take a selfie with your favorite hawk, owl, or falcon.
THIS EVENT IS HOSTED BY RIVERBEND PARK. For more information go to https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverbend

April 27, 2024

Join Secret Garden Birds and Bees at the Walker Nature Center for this year's Owl Prowl. Our barred owl, Scarlett, great horned owl, Hodor, screech owl, Kvosir, and barn owl, Olive will help us tell you all about the owls living right in your neighborhood. We'll even give you hints on how to find them!  After the talk, you can take a walk with a naturalist to find owls in the wild. In 2022, we played a barred owl call and a wild owl responded. Then our barred owl, Scarlett, called back. That started a chorus of barred owl calls from all directions. There are definitely owls - at least barred owls - to be found around the Walker Nature Center!

THIS EVENT IS HOSTED BY THE WALKER NATURE CENTER. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED and sell out fast. For more information, call the Nature Center at (703) 476-9689. To buy tickets, go to Walker Nature Center and click on "Event".

May 4, 2024

Join Secret Garden Birds and Bees and our live hawks, owls, and tiny falcon to learn about the essential role these beautiful birds of prey play in a healthy ecosystem, how they are adapting to our increasingly human world, and the need to restore and preserve their natural habitat so they can continue to thrive - they really are very good neighbors. 

This family program is hosted by Loudoun County PRCS and is open to the public. Check back for more details as we get closer to the event.

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Celebrate the beautiful Chapman DeMary Trail with Secret Garden Birds and Bees. As you walk along the babbling stream in the shade of old growth trees, it's easy to forget that you are still in the town of Purcellville. You will have the opportunity to meet our Raptor Ambassadors up close and personal as they help us tell you all about the wildlife you might find along the trail. And you might even get to take a selfie with a bird of prey!

​This free family event is hosted by the Town of Purcellville Tree and Environmental Sustainability Committee. We will share more details as plans for the event are finalized.

October 12, 2024

Join Secret Garden Birds and Bees and our live hawks, owls, and falcons at the Town of Vienna Green Expo 2024 on April 18th from 7pm to 9pm. Our wildlife ambassadors will help you learn about the birds of prey living right in town - your wildest neighbors - and what you can do to help them thrive in our increasingly human world. You might even get to take a selfie with your favorite owl!

THIS EVENT IS HOSTED BY THE TOWN OF VIENNA CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION. This community engagement event features local exhibitors offering information on sustainable practices, such as clean water, native plants, local wildlife, green landscaping, recycling, composting, zero waste and green living, and energy efficiency. Check back for details.

May 11, 2024

This is your chance to meet some of our region's most exciting birds of prey! Join Secret Garden Birds and Bees, the Friends of Dyke Marsh, and the National Park Service at Fort Hunt Park Pavilion B for Raptor Rapture. You'll meet our live hawks, owls, and falcons up close as they help us tell their stories. Learn about where they live, what they eat, how they raise their young, the challenges they face, and what we can all do to help these very good neighbors thrive in our increasingly human world.

This free, family friendly event is sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and the National Park Service. Check back for details.

Join Secret Garden Birds and Bees at the Walker Nature Center on February 18th at 2:00pm to meet a few of your raptor neighbors up close and personal. Our live hawks, owls, and tiny falcon will help us tell you about the exciting birds of prey living right in your own backyard, the challenges they face, and what we can all do to help them thrive. You might even get to take a selfie with your favorite raptor!

This event is hosted by the Reston Association at Walker Nature Center. It is open to the public but tickets are required. For more information or to purchase tickets go to
Raptors Up Close. But don’t delay, these events sell out fast!

September 14, 2024

Big Red may not be an eagle, but he is excited about the Eagle Festival. Save the date to join Secret Garden Birds and Bees, red-tailed hawk, Big Red, and our other Raptor Ambassadors for our favorite all-day event - Eagle Festival 2024 at Mason Neck State Park. 

We'll share details as soon as plans are finalized for the popular annual event. 

May 31, 2024

April 18, 2024

April 6, 2024

February 18, 2024

You are invited to our upcoming public events!

Join Secret Garden Birds and Bees at the 6th Annual Environmental Expo to meet our live hawks, owls, and tiny falcon up close. They will help us tell you about these exciting birds living right in your own neighborhood and why they make the best neighbors. HINT: They are the ultimate natural pest control. But they need your help. We'll share some tips on how to help them thrive in our increasingly human world. And you might even get to take a selfie with your favorite raptor!


THIS EVENT IS HOSTED BY: the Board of Supervisors - Mount Vernon District. It is free, open to the public, and great for families.