VBWT Adopt-A-Trail Phase II

In addition to the updates below, HMN Coordinator for this project, Sandy Greene, has compiled some tips for successful monitoring trips here: DGIF Birding and Wildlife Trails for HMNs Adapted from an email sent to Adopt-A-Trail Project coordinators by VDGIF’s Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail Project organizer Jessica Ruthenberg on March 30, 2017: Welcome Spring and…

Wild Cave Trip

On Tuesday, March 21, six HMNs (including three members of this year’s training class) joined host Brian Lux and our guide, Daniel Greenawalt, on a caving adventure. Our destination was Church Mountain Cave, located off Runion’s Creek Road in Rockingham County. After parking the cars, a short hike up a logging road and a section of…

Purcell Hops Pull

Early in 2017 Harrisonburg’s Stream Health Coordinator Trey Jarrels invited HMNs to help save tree seedlings along Blacks Run in Purcell Park. Planted last year by representatives of The Nature Conservancy, the trees are part of a ten year joint project begun in 2008 to improve the health of Blacks Run whose waters find their…

Volunteer with Save Lucy the Bat

There is a new volunteer opportunity and bat expert resource that moved to Augusta County!  Recently, Leslie Sturges has relocated her non-profit organization— Save Lucy the Bat— from northern Virginia to Mt. Solon. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of white-nose syndrome and its devastating impact on North American bats.  And because…

Citizen Frog Science

For a few years now, I have been citizen scienc-ing it up in my front yard marsh monitoring the types of frogs that are there, what time of year they croak and how loudly. Sometimes the frogs are VERY loud. At times I have literally had the urge to put my hands over my ears.…