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We aim to open your eyes to the plants, animals, and scenery in the DC region. And we'll recommend places to hike, bike, etc -- many of them accessible by public transportation.

Owner: TheNaturalCapital

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Latest Blog Posts for The Natural Capital

  • Things to look for in August
    on Aug 7, 2015
    What a lovely break in the heat we're having. Here are some things to keep an eye out for in August. Links are to previous LOOK FOR posts:Photo credit: Rongem BoyoThe Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak August 11-14. The moon will be a wan...
  • What's going on at Jug Bay?
    on Jul 30, 2015
    We've gone to Jug Bay three times in the last three weeks. The place is teeming with life at this time of year: ospreys calling, dragonflies zipping by, warblers bringing food to their fledglings, and flowers everywhere. Most of these pictures were t...
  • Things to look for in July
    on Jul 2, 2015
    Our monthly roundup of things to look for this month:Photo credit: InspiredinDesMoinesI originally wrote about bald eagles for the 4th of July, but they're around all summer -- and some stay over the winter. Still, it's a great time of year to get ou...
  • Things to Look For in May
    on May 1, 2015
    This spring has been cold and a little slow, like last year. Morels, in particular, are just starting to show up. Below are all the things we've highlighted before on the Natural Capital in the month of May. It's getting to be a long list! What else...
  • LOOK FOR: Jack in the Pulpit
    on Apr 26, 2015
    The Jack in the pulpits are starting to unfurl right now. I've always loved these flowers, showy in their design rather than their color. Jack in the pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum Photo credit: Kid CowboyBut the name Jack in the pulpit never made much...
  • What's Blooming at Turkey Run?
    on Apr 17, 2015
    If you do nothing else this weekend, please, PLEASE go see the bluebells in your favorite river valley. They should be stunning. Last Sunday they were just opening up at Turkey Run, and Wednesday they were very close to peak on the other side of the...
  • The Woodpeckers of Washington DC
    on Apr 14, 2015
    Last week we were hearing a Northern Flicker drumming on our neighbor's vent pipe several times a day. This weekend a red-bellied woodpecker started in on our chimney cap. They're not stupidly looking for insects in metal objects; they just want to m...
  • What's Blooming at Boundary Bridge?
    on Apr 5, 2015
    What a beautiful afternoon.  We didn't get out for too long, but the bloodroots made my day. Spring beauty (Claytonia virginica). See our post on spring beauty here. Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) -- not blooming but I love the shoots. Sku...
  • What's Blooming at Carderock?
    on Apr 4, 2015
    This Wednesday we led a bunch of homeschoolers on a walk out on the Billy Goat C trail and then took our own walk on Billy Goat B. I suspect after yesterday's warmth things are even farther along, but here are a few of the things we saw just starting...
  • Things to Look for: Spring!
    on Mar 28, 2015
    It's another late spring, and so I have no idea exactly what the timing will be on some of these things...the peepers and wood frogs are active. And I'm hoping to get out this weekend to check one of the warmer bloodroot patches that I know about (la...
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