You are invited to our upcoming public events!
Join Secret Garden Birds and Bees - and our 4 live owls - at the Walker Nature Center for this year's Owl Prowl. You'll meet our barred owl, Scarlett, great horned owl, Hodor, screech owl, Kvosir, and barn owl, Phantom. They will help us tell you all about the owls living right in your Reston neighborhood and throughout our region. We'll even give you hints on how to find them!
After the talk, you can join a Naturalist from the Center on a walk along the trails to try to find an owl in the wild. In 2022, during the talk, 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 that continued for an hour. 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, contact the Nature Center at (703) 476-9689. To buy tickets, go to Walker Nature Center and click on "Event".
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.
Join Secret Garden Birds and Bees and our live hawks, owls, and falcons at the Town of Vienna Green Expo 2023. 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.
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.
February 18, 2024
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 share more details as plans for the event are finalized.
May 4, 2024
Here are just a few of our favorite past events.
April 6, 2024
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
May 31, 2024
May 11, 2024
More coming soon!
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!
April 18, 2024
September 15, 2024