Supporting Trees in Public Spaces in Waynesboro

An exciting new Master Naturalist project centered around trees is starting in 2023 in Waynesboro! Headwaters Chapter members will work in current and planned public spaces like Ridgeview Park, The Greenway, Basic Park, and Coyner Springs Park. We will assist with management of invasive vines and trees, management of beaver cages around trees, pruning, and may also assist…

Invasive Insect Management

It’s that time of year when HMN board members put together our Annual Report for the VMN state program coordinators. Among our lists of activities and volunteered hours over 2022, this project stands out for the combined 162 hours put in by two HMN volunteers. Thanks to Jean and Lincoln for providing this unique and…

Rare MacGillivray’s Warbler at Lake Shenandoah

Rare MacGillivray’s Warbler graces DWR’s Lake Shenandoah Pollinator Trail! We think of pollinator plantings as hosting, well, pollinators: bees, butterflies, moths, and other insects. Some birds, such as hummingbirds, do of course serve as pollinators though we generally don’t connect pollinator plantings with birds. But wait! By late fall, with their elegant flowering days in…

Christmas Bird Count 2022

On Saturday, December 17 the Rockingham Bird Club (RBC) conducted its annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The CBC was started in 1900 by Frank Chapman as an alternative to hunting birds. It is the longest running citizen science survey in the world. Locally the count has been happening since 1954. My participation, with my wife…

Rockingham Bird Club meeting

Headwaters Master Naturalist Stephanie Gardner gave a most interesting presentation to the Rockingham Bird Club (RBC) on December 7 entitled “When Archives Take Flight: The Bridgewater College Birding Journal, 1918 and 1947 – 1950”. As the Special Collections Librarian at Bridgewater College’s John Kenny Forrer Learning Commons, Stephanie told the story of a composition book…