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Market Compost Drop-off Project Update

  By the close of the last official Market Compost Drop-off on Saturday, October 29th, 8195 pounds of household organic waste had been collected and recorded from some 1045 contributions over 31 weekly collections at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market. These four tons of nitrogen-heavy organics are happily on their way to becoming finished compost at…

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Birds of the ‘Burg 2016

Birds of the ‘Burg completed its second season of bird walks at Hillandale Park in Harrisonburg. The walks were held the first Saturday of each month, April through October and were led by Kathy Byers, HMN Cohort IV; Ralph Grove, Sierra Club; and Anne Neilsen  and Bill Benish, both with the Rockingham Bird Club. The…

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RareQuest River Trip

On August 19, 2016, Chris Bowlen and Kathy Byers, two members of Headwaters Team 1 for the RareQuest project, launched an adventurous kayaking trip to find a rare species of goldenrod in Page County, VA. The team was anxious for success as one rare bird and another plant species had eluded the team earlier in…

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RareQuest Update

Headwaters Master Naturalist RareQuest Team 2 (Ginny Hoffman, Elaine Smith, and Chip Brown) conducted their final outing for the season on September 25th to search for Quercus macrocarpa (bur oak) in Rockingham county. To get an idea of what they were looking for Elaine suggested they make a stop at a known specimen found in…

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VMN Conference 2016

Headwaters Chapter was represented by our chapter president, Sandy Greene, at the annual VMN conference: Amazing CE, field trips, and idea sharing at the state conference this weekend at the 4H center at Smith Mountain Lake. More than 250 Master Naturalists. In case you didn’t see all the offerings, (it was hard, and you had…

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Acorn Project Looking for Volunteers

Acorn Research Opportunity Bridgewater College Department of Biology and the Wildlife Center of Virginia need help researching the best method for long-term storage of acorns. We are currently developing the protocol to test different collection, drying and storage methods to preserve the nutritional quality of acorns to be used as a food source for wild…

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RareQuest

RareQuest, a partnership between the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Natural Heritage Program and the Virginia Master Naturalists, is an adventure in the making.  The Natural Heritage Program maintains a database of over 9,000 species rare in Virginia. By using the volunteers of the Master Naturalist program, the status of these species can be…