Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Sunset

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I hiked Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park‘s La Chua Trail with family and friends last night, and it was spectacular! Not only was the sunset breathtaking, but it was highlighted by groups of Sandhill Cranes and flocks of Ibis, flying onto the Prairie to roost for the evening. Included in this blog post are a few of the images I captured.

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In addition to the sunset, and there were 39 Bison grazing near the observation tower. I have seen Bison on the Prairie before, but maybe only a dozen at a time. It was truly a special evening. I have not reviewed and processed the Bison images yet, but below is an iPhone video that I took as I was leaving the observation tower. If you have your sounds turned on, you can hear the Sandhill Cranes.

In conclusion, below is another iPhone video of the sunset on La Chua Trail. If you have never been to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, you need to go. You will not be disappointed.

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Coal Ash Contamination – Featured Article in CPWToday Issue 4

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Ernie Sears and I at Protected Places Media are very excited to publish our fourth issue of CPWToday.com, our conservation eMagazine (ezine). We continue to take on important issues, such as Climate Change, and in this issue, we also have a very informative article and short documentary film about a serious threat to the residents of Prince William County and the environment. The highly toxic Coal Ash stored at
Possum Point on the Potomac River is contaminating the nearby river and creek and believed to be poisoning the ground water as well. Even if you do not live in Prince William County, you should read our coal ash article and watch the film, because coal ash contamination is a threat in 47 states in our country. The direct link to this article is: www.cpwtoday.com/coal_ash.html.

This issue also provides uplifting articles and films on a local Farm-to-Table event, the hummingbirds that call Prince William County home for part of the year, and Prince William County hiking and biking trails.

Our previous issues of CPWToday.com are also available, if you have not seen them. If you enjoy reading and seeing our articles and films, please share them with others. And, if you have any comments, please send them to us either online or by email.

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Farm to Table Dinner, Celebrating Prince William County Agriculture

Protected Places Media (i.e., Ernie Sears and me) just released this short documentary video produced for the Prince William Environmental Excellence Foundation. The foundation held a Farm to Table Dinner to honor county farming and raise funds for their environmental education programs for youths and adults.

Protected Places Media will be releasing the fourth issue of CPWToday.com  by the end of the month of October. Featured articles include Climate Change and Coal Ash Toxin Pollution.

Visit our website at: www.ProtectedPlacesMedia.com

 

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Coal Ash Pollution Protest

We (Protected Places Media) just finished a short video in support of the Potomac Riverkeeper, Dean Naujoks. In the video, shot on the Potomac River near Dominion Virginia Power’s power plant on Possum Point, Dean discusses a protest to be held on October 4, 2016, at Gov. McAuliffe’s office in Richmond.

If you live in the area and care about the health of the Quantico Creek, Potomac River and Virginia citizens, please watch the video and join Dean on October 4 in Richmond.

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Protected Places Media

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We launched our new website today! It much better describes what we do, why we do it, and some of what we have done. Now that I am retired, I will have much more time to work on various important projects in support of conservation and environmental awareness and action.

You can visit our website at: ProtectedPlacesMedia.com

 

 

 

 

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CPWToday – eMagazine

It is with pleasure and pride that today we published the next issue of CPWToday. You can view it, and the previous two issues, at CPWToday.com. We are excited about this issue, because it contains articles on important environmental and conservation topics, such as Climate Change and Renewable Energy—Solar Power Basics and an article on the first residential solar system in Manassas, Virginia. This issue also provides continuing articles on Transportation Oriented Develop (TOD) and the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and the Prince William County Landfill, where innovation has made energy out of methane gas from the decomposing trash. This issue also contains fun and interesting articles and videos on a nearby eagle’s nest containing two eaglets and the Dale City Farmers’ Market.

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This issue is long, containing many articles. Therefore, we recommend bookmarking the home page and revisiting to read all of the articles and see all of the videos. Each article is accompanied by one or more videos, many of which provide aerial views not commonly seen. Make the videos full screen and turn up the sound.

 We also highly recommend subscribing to CPWToday so you will be notified when the next issue is published. We are already working on the next issue, and it will contain many interesting new topics, as well as more on Climate Change. We do not share email addresses or other personal information with any other individuals, organizations or businesses.

 We know you will enjoy reading the articles and seeing the videos, and please provide comments. We will share comments in future editions, unless asked not to publish them. We welcome alternative views.

Ernie Sears and Steve Tabone

Protected Places Media

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Potomac River Eagles

Eagle-with-Eaglets-2Yesterday, I had another opportunity to check on the status of an active eagles nest on the Potomac River. As you can see from the images in this blog article, the two eaglets are well and growing rapidly. If you check my blog article from a few weeks ago, you can see the eaglets when they were newly hatched and covered in soft, downy feathers.

Eagle-Feeding-EagletI timed it right to watch the adult eagle feed a freshly caught fish to the eaglets. In addition to taking photographs, I also shot videos, one of which is below.

Notice that the video ends with “Produced for Protected Places Media.” Protected Places Media (www.protectedplacesmedia.com) is a not-for-profit business formed by my close friend, Ernie Sears, and me to use our passion for nature photography and videography to support non-profit organizations working to conserve our natural world and to positively impact environmental and conservation issues. Protected Places Media also produces a quarterly e-magazine (ezine), CPWToday, in support of the Prince William Conservation Alliance. The ezine can be read at: www.cpwtoday.com Check out CPWToday and subscribe to be alerted when we issue each quarterly ezine.

 

 

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