CWD Testing

Saturday, November 26 was a long and cold day for me hanging out beside a remote country store in Fort Valley, VA. Working from the back of a pick up, surrounded by bags of deer heads, self-conscious of the “Choose Vegan” sticker on my car window, I was way out of my element welcoming camo-clad…

Science Night Saturday

Bridgewater College Physics Professor (and vermiculture enthusiast) Deva O’Neill coordinated Science Night Saturday as a first annual public event “… for children ages four through 12 and their families to explore the world of science …” Held on Saturday, November 12 from 4-6PM at the College’s McKinney Center for Science and Mathematics, members of the…

Plant ID Workshop

Workshop Plant Identification and Introduction to the Flora of Virginia Harrisonburg, VA Hosted by the Shenandoah Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society Date: April 15-16. (Friday- Saturday) Time: 9:30am-1:30 pm. Two day class, same time both days Instructor: Marion Lobstein, Botanist and Professor Emeritus, Northern Virginia Community College (Contact information: mblobstein [at] earthlink.net, 703…

Christmas Bird Count 2015

For me, I am like a kid waiting for Christmas morning when it comes to the annual Christmas Bird Count. The anticipation with getting up early… 4ish or so to go owling, wondering what will we see, record number birds, record bird sightings, etc. … all of it is wrapped up in excitement!!! Although not…

VSO Annual Meeting Success

Jointly hosted are the Augusta Bird Club and Monticello Bird Club, the Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO) held their Annual Meeting on May 8-10, 2015, at Wintergreen Resort. Past VSO president John Spahr served as general chair and brings us this report on the successful event. The Blue Ridge Mountains, the weather, the venue, the…

State of Virginia’s Environment

On May 21, 2015, Adrie and I spent the day at the Environmental Symposium organized by the Virginia Academy of Sciences at their annual meeting held this year at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. There were two sessions, the one we attended which dealt with the various organisms (Plants, Fish, Insects, etc) and another one…