Celebrating Spring with Wildflowers

It’s that time of year! The Headwaters Master Naturalists join the likes of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at JMU, Wild Virginia, and the Shenandoah National Park in offering guided Wildflower Walks to the public. With just a short season for these ephemeral beauties, the more opportunities to get out to experience their magic, the…

Our Wild Life

It’s a wild life, when you’re a Virginia Master Naturalist.  Headwaters chapter members Adrie Voors and Stephanie Gardner recently proved just that with our participation in The Showerhead Microbiome Project.  Our showerhead scanning was part of the larger Your Wild Life initiative, a series of experiments that are hosted, analyzed and interpreted by the Your…

eMammal Survey at Rockingham County Farm

On a day just beginning to turn grey with rain, Carl Droms and I slog across an already wet meadow crisscrossed with spider webs.   We’re here to deploy a camera for the eMammal project, part of Virginia Working Landscapes citizen science work for the summer of 2017.   We’re already an hour and a half into…

HMNs Contribute to Mason Bee Citizen Science Project

Several Headwaters Master Naturalists were among the Virginia Master Naturalists who helped research Virginia’s bees in a project that got citizen scientists buzzing with excitement earlier this year. University of Virginia environmental sciences graduate student Kathryn “Kate” LeCroy coordinated the project and is currently analyzing the data collected by volunteers in the bee house hotels…