Dear Friends of Runnymede Park,
It seems like a long time since I communicated with you and there are lots of things going on with Friends of Runnymede Park.
First, this coming Friday, June 16, Dr. David Adamski, Smithsonian entomologist and moth specialist, is coming back to lead a night program in the park. We’ll start at 8pm in the parking lot area with activities for younger children; then, around 9pm when it starts to get dark, we’ll walk to the Carroll House to see what “Marvelous Moths” have been attracted to the lights and sheets we placed there earlier. Dr. A recommends wearing dark clothing, otherwise, the moths might land on you! and bring a flashlight or headlamp. The program will end by 10:30pm.
Speaking of the Carroll House, I am sure you are all aware that it has fallen into serious disrepair and has been the target of vandals many times. The Town Council has decided to demolish the concrete block and brick sections and stabilize the original stone house which is a piece of Herndon’s early history. I do not have a timeline for the work yet, but will keep you informed as things start to happen.
I am excited to tell you that on May 29 we observed Chimney Swifts going into the tower in the parking lot—that stand alone structure that always draws the question “what is it and what is it for?” We have waited through three summers and now, it looks like we might finally have a nesting pair of Swifts. If we do, watch for a “Swifts Night Out” in September when other Swifts will join our pair to roost at night as they prepare for migration to South America.
The Monarch WayStation in the park will be one of the stops on the Herndon Garden Tour, Sunday, September 10, 1-5pm. The plants are doing beautifully and hopefully, Monarchs will find them this summer. We will be selling milkweed plants that day, but if you need some before then, I have the plants. Just let me know and I can deliver to you. $4 for a 4” pot.
Our Spring Native Plant Sale was so successful, we have invited Watermark Woods Nursery back for a Fall Native Plant Sale in the park on September 16, 10am-2pm. Fall is the best time to plant perennials, so mark your calendars.
Last, but never least, NatureFest will be held on Sunday, September 24, 1-5pm, in the park. We already have lots of stations lined up—live animals, electrofishing, nature olympics, birds, bees & butterflies, crafts and ice cream. More still in the works. You won't want to miss it!
I hope you all have a Good Summer! Enjoy your Park!
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Carol Hadlock, President