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…

Birds of the ‘Burg: Guided Walks

Birds of the ‘Burg Walks originated as a project of HMN partner organization Rockingham Bird Club: In his 2006 book, Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv coined the term, “nature deficit disorder.” Those of us who have or work with young people recognized the syndrome instantly.  And it’s getting worse, as the number and…

Shenandoah Summit 2014

On December 16, 2014, Region 4 Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Aquatics staff organized the first annual Shenandoah Summit at Shenandoah University in Winchester. This stakeholders meeting was called to discuss ongoing water quality and fish health issues in the Shenandoah River watershed. Presentations included DGIF fish population studies, observations from fishing guides,…