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VBWT Adopt-A-Trail Update

Adapted from an email sent to Adopt-A-Trail Project coordinators by VDGIF’s Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail Project organizer Jessica Ruthenberg on December 22, 2016: Due dates for checklists by season: Project coordinator, Sandy Greene, compiles and sends these in to Jessica. Winter: March 31 Spring: June 30 Summer: September 30 Fall: December 31 Only checklists…

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Naturalist Book Nook

Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors Set in the Gila Wilderness, this book seemed to be an appropriate read while I was on the road for my November adventure in New Mexico and Arizona.  Connors, a copy editor for the Wall Street Journal, leaves his existence of a concrete city…

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CWD Testing

Saturday, November 26 was a long and cold day for me hanging out beside a remote country store in Fort Valley, VA. Working from the back of a pick up, surrounded by bags of deer heads, self-conscious of the “Choose Vegan” sticker on my car window, I was way out of my element welcoming camo-clad…

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Tree ID Trip

On Sunday, November 13, Virginia Department of Forestry Senior Area Forester Patti Nylander hosted a tree identification trip for 13 members of this year’s Headwaters Master Naturalist basic training class. Trainees were joined by two current HMNs as Patti led a walk around the grounds of the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville, VA. While…

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Science Night Saturday

Bridgewater College Physics Professor (and vermiculture enthusiast) Deva O’Neill coordinated Science Night Saturday as a first annual public event “… for children ages four through 12 and their families to explore the world of science …” Held on Saturday, November 12 from 4-6PM at the College’s McKinney Center for Science and Mathematics, members of the…

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HMNs at the Saw-whet Owl Banding Station 2016

Rockingham Bird Club members and university professors Clair Mellinger and Charles (Zig) Ziegenfus have been running a Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) banding station at the Highland Retreat Center near Bergton, VA, every fall for 15 years. They generously invite families and groups to watch and participate in their work. On any given night the…

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Fall Field Trips

While the HMN Basic Training class was in full swing during its fall session, chapter members were given opportunities to join in on a wide variety of field trips. Thanks to Kate Guenther for her organizational skills that made this happen. Here is a sampling of where we went in October: Forestry Management at Historic…