Izaak Walton League of America Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter

Izaak Walton League of America Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter Defenders of Soil, Air, Woods, Waters and Wildlife. [email protected]
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Operating as usual

03/07/2021

Pictures cannot do today justice!

Groups in compliance with local COVID-19 guidelines were active all over the B-CC IWLA conservation farm today enjoying:

- Hiking the trails
- Running their dogs in the fields
- Tending the fields under cultivation
- Fishing the ponds
- Enjoying the shooting sports on the ranges
- Picnicking under the bluebird sky

Best day of 2021 so far!

Who's ready to go for a walk in the woods?
03/04/2021

Who's ready to go for a walk in the woods?

The days are growing longer and even without warmer temperatures yet, gardeners are eagerly anticipating and planning fo...
03/02/2021
Vegetable Garden Update – February 2021 – Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the IWLA

The days are growing longer and even without warmer temperatures yet, gardeners are eagerly anticipating and planning for the next growing season. At B-CC IWLA we have an active gardening community, full of members who enjoy the opportunity to play in the soil. Want to rent a garden plot? Here's how.

12 Feb Vegetable Garden Update – February 2021 0 CommentJoe TrotterFacilities & Grounds, Gardens Larry Anderson240 246-5302 [email protected] Pat Tarquinio [email protected] The days are growing longer and even without warmer temperatures yet, gardeners are eagerly anticipating and planning fo...

Who's ready for spring?
02/26/2021

Who's ready for spring?

The 2020-2021 deer season has drawn to a close, and by all accounts, we had a pretty good year on our farm. Check the li...
02/25/2021
Wildlife Report – February 2021 – Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the IWLA

The 2020-2021 deer season has drawn to a close, and by all accounts, we had a pretty good year on our farm. Check the link for more info!

13 Feb Wildlife Report – February 2021 0 CommentJoe TrotterConservation, Hunting, Our Chapter, Wildlife The 2020-2021 deer season has drawn to a close. By all accounts, we had a pretty good year on our farm. 24 deer were reported taken on our farm, about a normal number (16-25) that get reported e...

There are a lot of great programs coming to the B-CC IWLA archery range! Learn more about our upcoming tree-stand practi...
02/23/2021
Archery Range Report –February 2021 – Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the IWLA

There are a lot of great programs coming to the B-CC IWLA archery range! Learn more about our upcoming tree-stand practice platform install, bowhunting seminar, fletching / stringing seminar, Youth Archery Course, Military Veteran Archery Program, and many infrastructure improvements.

13 Feb Archery Range Report –February 2021 0 CommentJoe TrotterArchery Range, Ranges Jack Mandel, Committee Chair [email protected] We had a productive Archery ZOOM Committee Meeting the last week of January. The next Committee Meeting is scheduled for March 2nd at 7:30pm. All members are we...

The Izaak Walton League of America is partnering with the Muddy Branch Alliance, the City of Gaithersburg, and the Chesa...
02/22/2021
Local Event: Hometown Habitat – Stories of Bringing Nature Home – Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the IWLA

The Izaak Walton League of America is partnering with the Muddy Branch Alliance, the City of Gaithersburg, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust to host a film screening and discussion panel for Hometown Habitat – Stories of Bringing Nature Home. The event will feature a follow-up panel discussion featuring experts in regenerative landscaping and stormwater management. We encourage you to attend both events but attendance at both is not required to participate in one or the other.

22 Feb Local Event: Hometown Habitat – Stories of Bringing Nature Home 0 CommentJoe TrotterConservation, Video The Izaak Walton League of America is partnering with the Muddy Branch Alliance, the City of Gaithersburg, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust to host a film screening and discussion panel for H...

It may be a bit chilly outside, but the farm is as beautiful as ever!
02/19/2021

It may be a bit chilly outside, but the farm is as beautiful as ever!

02/18/2021
Black Powder Clinic

Did you receive a black powder firearm as a present and don’t know what to do with it? Are you ready to test your skills against others in the afternoon shooting match and compete for prizes? Don’t miss out on this marvelous opportunity for knowledgeable instruction, loads of fun, and the unique smell of black powder smoke at our Black Powder Clinic!

Click here to learn more: http://bcciwla.org/2021/02/black-powder-muzzleloader-event-2021/

Looking for a scholarship? The IWLA National Conservation Scholarship annually supports rising junior and senior college...
02/16/2021
Looking For a Scholarship? – Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the IWLA

Looking for a scholarship? The IWLA National Conservation Scholarship annually supports rising junior and senior college undergraduates from recognized conservation or environment-related degree programs. Click to read more and find out how to apply!

13 Feb Looking For a Scholarship? 0 CommentJoe TrotterConservation, Membership, Our Chapter Dear Members: Established to promote conservation leadership among future natural resource managers and professionals, the IWLA National Conservation Scholarship annually supports rising junior and senior col...

The Great Backyard Bird Count is here! Spend at least 15 minutes observing and counting the birds in your backyard or ne...
02/14/2021
The Great Backyard Bird Count is Here! – Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the IWLA

The Great Backyard Bird Count is here! Spend at least 15 minutes observing and counting the birds in your backyard or neighborhood. Click the link to find out how to easily report your results and how your contribution helps scientists across the nation.

http://bcciwla.org/2021/02/the-great-backyard-bird-count-is-here/

13 Feb The Great Backyard Bird Count is Here! 0 CommentJoe TrotterActivities, Conservation, Facilities & Grounds, Wildlife Participate in the 24th Great Backyard Bird Count organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and Birds Canada. Spend at least 15 minutes a day, o...

The cabin looks mighty cozy in the snow! Big thanks to our members working on restoring this piece of history.
02/13/2021

The cabin looks mighty cozy in the snow! Big thanks to our members working on restoring this piece of history.

MUST WATCH - Our award-winning "Interpretive Walk in the Woods," now available in digital format.  A special thank you t...
02/12/2021
A Walk in the Woods 2020

MUST WATCH - Our award-winning "Interpretive Walk in the Woods," now available in digital format. A special thank you to the dedicated Chapter members who have taught over 1,000 local students about how science & mathematics can be applied in the Great Outdoors!

https://youtu.be/VHg1MJxXn2k

Are you interested in the birds that frequent your backyard? To learn more about the wonders of our backyard birds—as we...
02/02/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Watch Birds and Share the Joy: How to Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Are you interested in the birds that frequent your backyard? To learn more about the wonders of our backyard birds—as well as how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this month, tune into a conversation with project coordinators from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon, and Birds Canada on February 9 at 12 p.m. EST. Click below to register 👇

Winter is a great time for watching birds close to home—there’s even an event built around it. Every February people from around the world spend time watching and counting birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Join the count running from February 12-15, to celebrate the birds near you ...

A HUGE thank you to this dedicated group of Chapter Members for the time & effort they put into making the Annual Land F...
01/20/2021

A HUGE thank you to this dedicated group of Chapter Members for the time & effort they put into making the Annual Land Fund Telethon a success!

01/04/2021
It may be a bit chilly, but winter is an absolutely beautiful time out at the farm.
12/22/2020

It may be a bit chilly, but winter is an absolutely beautiful time out at the farm.

As we endure restrictions and loss from the COVID-19, let's not forget to remember good times with good friendsGood time...
12/01/2020

As we endure restrictions and loss from the COVID-19, let's not forget to remember good times with good friends

Good times will come again ...

Good friends live firmly in our memories ...

10/27/2020

Last Friday, October 23rd, 2020 was the 85th Anniversary of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America in Poolesville, MD

A large public celebration scheduled for this weekend was cancelled early in the planning process due to restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, we have no pictures to share from our 85th anniversary

Please pencil-in the end of October 2021 to join us for the 1st anniversary of our 85th birthday !!!

May it be a more carefree time for us all to come together as a community and celebrate wildlife, woodlands, and open space!

From the Montgomery Countryside Alliance (http://www.mocoalliance.org/):Greetings MoCo Agricultural Reserve Supporter,We...
10/12/2020
Action Needed: Large Scale Solar Arrays on Productive Farmland

From the Montgomery Countryside Alliance (http://www.mocoalliance.org/):

Greetings MoCo Agricultural Reserve Supporter,

We will get to what happened today at the Council on commercial solar but first - Thank You to everyone who has been following this issue and writing in to express their concerns. We now have a few more days to make the case for getting solar right in Montgomery County.

We wrote just yesterday asking that folks reiterate the need for a task force to take on this issue in light of the fact that the ZTA's backers are still insisting this proposal go ahead without the broader stakeholder engagement necessary to balance solar and forests/water quality/productive soils. Hundreds of emails flew in to the council to urge a task force process ahead of this afternoon's council work session.

The pandemic is just one of many other issues packing the Council's overflowing agenda and this ZTA will now be taken up next Tuesday (10/13). In delaying taking up the ZTA, Council President Katz announced he plans to make a resolution for a task force and ZTA sponsor Councilmember Riemer announced his position that a task force was the wrong way to go.

We brought a coalition of farmers, water quality defenders and civic groups on to zooms with the Councilmembers on this issue over the past weeks. Councilmembers expressed broad support for a task force that can chart the siting of renewable energy carefully - including incorporating the more holistic Climate Action Resilience Plan (CARP) written for the County due out in a matter of weeks.

However, proponents of the ZTA are still insisting that the measure go ahead without delay or further discussion with stakeholders, calling solar on productive farmland a moral imperative to make solar affordable for low income residents in Montgomery County.

This stance is being taken while the 3rd party electrical suppliers pushing this ZTA are under investigation for predatory practices in these same low income neighborhoods. (fact sheet here).

Take 2 minutes to make your voice heard (again) right here before Tuesday 10/13: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/solar-zta-20-01-headed-for-task-force-say-thanks-and-urge-caution/?link_id=1&can_id=96e721da4ba5817194dde2bd543fd044&source=email-solar-zta-20-01-possible-vote-tomorrow-please-take-action-today-2&email_referrer=email_949619&email_subject=solar-zta-20-01-postponed-at-the-council-still-time-to-write

Immense thanks,

Caroline Taylor
Executive Director
Montgomery Countryside Alliance

Climate Change is an emergency - let's meet this challenge with a comprehensive plan. Please take action by 2/14 Councilmember Riemer's Office has released proposed Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 20-01 that would allow "community solar" on up to 1800 acres in Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve. W...

Listening to a pair of squirrels go to war over (Chinese) chestnuts falling from the tree right off the front porch
10/04/2020

Listening to a pair of squirrels go to war over (Chinese) chestnuts falling from the tree right off the front porch

08/17/2020

This Wednesday we have a truly unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to expand our chapter. Two years ago we were approached about acquiring three private islands in the Potomac River, and, after careful study by our Islands Committee and the Board of Governors, the last remaining step to move forward is a vote by the Membership.

Read more here: http://bcciwla.org/2020/08/potomac-river-island-vote/

07/14/2020

Who's ready to go fishing? Check out this video and leave a comment about your best memory while out casting a line!

The B-CC IWLA spoke up against the inevitable degradation  of 10 Mile Creek and with it Montgomery County's reserve wate...
07/01/2020

The B-CC IWLA spoke up against the inevitable degradation of 10 Mile Creek and with it Montgomery County's reserve water supply, when this issue originally arose several years ago

This move by developers proves once again that conservation is an ongoing effort against those who would abuse the land & resources held in long-term public trust in favor of their own short-term gains

This just in - can you write quick email by noon today? Scroll down for sample email. Thanks and sorry for imposition.😉

Clarksburg Stage 4 -Ten Mile Creek -developers seek more exceptions to standing policies in order to maximize size of their projects... in this case adequate school capacity. This affects folks in Clarksburg but more broadly... where else will these exceptions be given and to what affect on important public interest policies such as adequate infrastructure and environmental protection (per recently recommended exception to impervious surface limits requested by the same (Ashford Woods) developer.

——more———

A last minute proposal has been added for the Planning Board's consideration at the SSP schools work session on Thursday 7/2.
See:
https://montgomeryplanningboard.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-2024-SSP-Worksession-3-Schools-Elements_06-25-20.pdf

Proposal:

Potential Moratorium Exception Staff offers the following potential moratorium exception language for the Board’s consideration based on a suggestion from work session #1 to allow borrowing from nearby or adjacent schools:

S4.1.3 Nearby Capacity When a moratorium is imposed in a Greenfield Impact Area, the Planning Board may nevertheless approve a subdivision in the subjected area if a school located within ten network miles of the subdivision (at the same level as any school causing the moratorium) has a projected utilization rate in the current Annual School Test of no more than 110% (and less than a 55-seat deficit if at the elementary school level; less than a 90-seat deficit if at the middle school level).

Quick emails by noon today to Planning Board needed- SAMPLE

Emails needed by noon today to make it into packet.

[email protected]

Bcc - [email protected]

Subject Line: July 2 - Item 9: Say No to Harmful Developer Requested Exceptions

Dear Planning Board,

Say NO to developer requested exceptions that undermine important public policies including adequate public facilities such as schools and roads and protection of water resources. Standards for schools, roads, water protection, unlike this proposal, were developed based on sound metrics and established science and underwent full vetting and public participation.
Do not approve the requested exception.

Respectfully,

06/23/2020

Didn't come out last weekend? Check out what's going on at the Chapter!

Come out to the BCC IWLA archery range for our 3-D shoot! We are still open til 1pm.
06/21/2020

Come out to the BCC IWLA archery range for our 3-D shoot! We are still open til 1pm.

The weather this weekend is absolutely GORGEOUS!  A perfect weekend for hiking the Chapter’s trails with furry friends.
05/31/2020

The weather this weekend is absolutely GORGEOUS! A perfect weekend for hiking the Chapter’s trails with furry friends.

A helpful guide if you encounter a snake while exploring the property 🐍
05/21/2020

A helpful guide if you encounter a snake while exploring the property 🐍

Warming temperatures mean that snakes are going to be out and about. No need to be afraid, just be aware and learn how to identify them. Snakes are an important part of our ecosystem and all snakes in Maryland are protected.

There are 27 species and subspecies of snakes in Maryland. Only two are venomous - the timber rattlesnake and the copperhead.

We have a great photo guide to help you identify the snakes you may see while you're out exploring. Check it out!

https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Documents/Common-Snakes-of-Maryland-Photo-Guide.pdf

Photo of garter snake by Kerry Wixted.

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20601 Izaak Walton Way
Poolesville, MD
20837

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Tuesday 05:30 - 23:30
Wednesday 05:30 - 23:30
Thursday 05:30 - 23:30
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Saturday 05:30 - 23:30
Sunday 05:30 - 23:30

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(301) 972-8913

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