Christmas Bird Count 2022

On Saturday, December 17 the Rockingham Bird Club (RBC) conducted its annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The CBC was started in 1900 by Frank Chapman as an alternative to hunting birds. It is the longest running citizen science survey in the world. Locally the count has been happening since 1954. My participation, with my wife…

Scouts Build Bird Nesting Boxes

Thanks to HMN Elizabeth Pass, Cohort VI, for developing the connections that led to this project and letting us know about it! I read in the July newsletter about a volunteer opportunity for building bird boxes (kestrel and bluebird nest boxes) for Jill and Lance Morrow who coordinate the Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring project. I…

HMNs Participate in Middle River Cleanup

Most every August, the Friends of the Middle River (FOMR) organize a week of trash removal from different segments of the Middle River as it runs through Augusta County. Members of the Headwaters Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists are always invited to participate and earn volunteer service credit hours under the activity: “Trash Cleanups:…

DWR Trout Stocking Explained 

The DWR stocked trout program puts about 800,000 catchable-sized trout into 400 miles of streams.Photo by Meghan Marchetti/DWR Chapter advisor Jason Hallacher passed along this article. Not only does it have good information but also this will help in case volunteers are approached by anglers and have questions about trout stocking. DWR Trout Stocking Explained By Steve…