Viceroys and Pussy Willows

Pollinator Gardeners, expand your plant lists to include Pussy Willows. So much effort has gone into making pollinator gardens to benefit the Monarch butterflies that migrate through our area every year. And rightly so. All pollinators benefit from restoring even just a small amount of habitat. I want to talk to you about a butterfly…

Guy deBrun on Leave No Trace

On Sunday, September 24, nine HMNs met at Sandy Greene’s log cabin for an informative program on Leave No Trace principles. Guy deBrun, Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM (Team Empowerment with Adventure for Madison) Programs at James Madison University’s UREC (University Recreation Center) was our presenter. Leave No Trace is a set of principles…

VMN State Conference 2017 Review

Even though I am still just getting my legs under me for this program, being in the most recent HMN Cohort and not yet even having all of my volunteer hours, I am glad I took the opportunity to attend the Conference. We had the wonderful advantage of the Conference being so close in proximity…

Leave No Trace Presentation

The HMN Meet-up on Sunday afternoon, September 24 will feature a presentation on Leave No Trace. Sunday, September 24th 1:30 – 2:30PM Sandy Greene’s house Leave No Trace Ethics/Principles Guy deBrun Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM Programs James Madison University Expect a good overview of the Leave No Trace Principles for us to promote…

Herp Hike

On the damp, dark and cloudy night of August 18, three carloads of Headwaters Master Naturalists and friends, including guests of the Camerons from Alaska, headed up Shenandoah Mountain to Reddish Knob with James Madison University’s Billy Flint to learn about terrestrial salamanders. We were especially looking for both Cow Knob and Shenandoah Mountain salamanders,…

eMammal Survey at Rockingham County Farm

On a day just beginning to turn grey with rain, Carl Droms and I slog across an already wet meadow crisscrossed with spider webs.   We’re here to deploy a camera for the eMammal project, part of Virginia Working Landscapes citizen science work for the summer of 2017.   We’re already an hour and a half into…