Wildflowers of Virginia Shale Barrens Trip

April 22, Earth Day, with warm sunny weather, was an appropriate time for three Headwaters Master Naturalists and guests Mike Smith of the local PATC Chapter and Roger and Cynthia Barouti of Allegheny Highlands Master Naturalists to explore rare plants at four area shale barrens and a couple other locations. Jay Shaner, a well- known…

Vernal Pools Monitoring Project Training

Our chapter is starting a new Citizen Science project to locate and monitor vernal pools in our region. In support of this, we had a training session on Saturday, April 6 that started at McKinney Science Center at Bridgewater College and ended at Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve. Dr. Anne Wright, director of Life…

Photo Contest!

Every Chapter Has Fantastic Photos: Should It Be So Hard to Find Them? This year’s VMN Photo Contest has not only simplified technical and submission requirements, it features more categories to show off your photographic work and will be judged by amazing photographers. This is the year that every chapter should enter the VMN Photo…

Welcome Jean!

As a means of introducing her to our Chapter, HMN Stephanie Gardner recently corresponded with our newest member, Jean Stephens, to see if she’d be willing to let us know a little about her. Jean transferred to the Headwaters Chapter from the Richmond area’s Riverine Chapter last January. She brings our “transferee cohort” up to…

April 27th Wildflower Walks

Wildflower Walks on Shenandoah Mountain Saturday, April 27, 2019 Please join the Headwaters Master Naturalists for our annual rediscovery of the springtime beauty in the forests of our backyard mountain. After a long winter, what better way to celebrate warmer days than to hit the trails in search of spring wild flowers. And really there is…

Pursuing Liverworts in Rockingham County

Liverworts are grouped with the mosses and hornworts forming the Bryophytes. All of the Bryophytes reproduce by spores and Liverworts are considered to be the simplest true land plants from which it is thought that all land plants evolved. As Liverworts have been understudied in the state of Virginia, the plant record database overseen by…

McCormick Farm Morning

The Headwaters Master Naturalists had a great time at the Cyrus McCormick Research Farm in Raphine on Saturday, March 16! Led by Sandy Greene, Master Naturalists Derek Blyer, Peggy Plass, and myself (Emily Fugate), along with two guests, set off on this unexpectedly cold morning to plant trees along the short but beautiful path on…