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Posted on: January 22, 2019

[ARCHIVED] News Release - Search for Wildlife Clues in Winter During the Monthly Nature Walk on Sunday, Jan. 29

PURCELLVILLE, VA, January 22, 2019 — Join the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for a free nature walk at the Chapman DeMary Trail on Sunday, January 27 at 1 p.m. The guide for this walk is Gem Bingol with The Piedmont Environmental Council. During the walk, she will point out sights and small clues to identify plants and trees, while engaging participants in a search for enduring evidence of bird life, insects, tracks and scat of animals—big and small—that live nearby. In the cold winter months, there are signs of life in the forest which are hidden from view the rest of the year.

The Chapman DeMary Trail is a 10-acre area considered to be the last stand of old-growth forest in the Town of Purcellville. It runs along the South Fork Catoctin Creek, part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The area is open to the public for environmental recreation, exploration, and education. The Town of Purcellville holds the conservation easement for this privately-owned property. The entrance and parking for the Chapman DeMary Trail is behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road in Purcellville.

The Discover Nature’s Secrets guided nature walks are held the last Sunday of each month. Throughout 2019, walks will be led by experts from The Piedmont Environmental Council, the Virginia Department of Forestry, Loudoun County Tree Stewards, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, and a variety of other experts. Topics will include wildlife clues, wildflowers, natural dyes, native plants, pollinators, art and nature, tree identification, and more.

Learn more and register online on the Events and Activities page of the Town of Purcellville’s website at

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