Collect Acorns for the VDOF

It’s that time of year again! The Virginia Department of Forestry is requesting acorns from around the state. HMNs can log volunteer service hours for this under “Habitat Restoration/Maintenance – Acorn Collection for Virginia Tree Nurseries (DOF)” in Better Impact. From the Virginia Department of Forestry News Release, September 8, 2022: Every year, Virginians from…

Fantastic Finds from My Corner

by Elizabeth Pass, Cohort VIfor the September 2022 issue of Headwaters Highlights September. This month brings with it the promise of wonderful things coming: And I’m sure you can think of many more wonderful things you look forward to each fall. Here are a few favorite finds I’ve come across that I hope you can use!…

JMU Tree Inventory Updates, Summer 2022

Note the Tree Inventory Volunteer Days in September: 1, 6, 8, 9, 14, 20, 22. More details here and in Better Impact! To date eight HMN volunteers have spent 70 hours logging trees into a GIS field data collection app and have added a total of 733 trees to JMU’s Campus Tree Inventory Map. Information…

Grand Caverns Geology Tour

A new Continuing Education opportunity for Headwaters Master Naturalists Thanks to HMN Stephanie Gardner for reporting on this! I’ve long felt fortunate to live near Grand Caverns in Grottoes, Virginia, the oldest continually operating show cave in the United States. Grand Caverns recently announced a special new geology tour. It was a privilege to be…

Bat Count

Leslie Sturges, president of Bat Conservation & Rescue of Virginia, organized a bat count on the evening of July 27 at the farm of Carolyn Ford, just within Staunton city limits. We had excellent attendance and weather, with a total of about 17 participants, including three from our Headwaters Master Naturalist chapter. We began with…