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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Black Bear Composting Tour

On the afternoon of Thursday, June 9 Eric Walter of Black Bear Composting took a dozen of us associated with the Market Compost Drop-off project on a tour of his facility off highway 340 in Crimora. Started in October of 2011, the business currently occupies just a few of Eric’s 47 acres allowing most of…

Fire and Mount Joy

Adam Christie has big plans for the Mount Joy Pond Natural Area Preserve. Adam is the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Natural Heritage Program’s Shenandoah Valley Region Steward and the Mount Joy Pond Preserve, near Raphine, VA, is one of nine preserves in his territory. He admits to it being his pet project. On…