Adopt-A-Highway Adventures

Hardy and hot HMNs in the heat of … October! Carl Droms, David Forrer, Jerry Hopkins.   Wednesday, October 2 was unseasonably hot! Nevertheless, a handful of hardy HMNs managed to cover over two-thirds of our designated Adopt-a-highway roadway on Spring Creek Rd in Bridgewater to collect over six bags of trash and a bag of…

Look at Our Beautiful Compost Drop-off Art!

Headwaters Master Naturalists were well-represented at the “Artwork Dedication & Celebration of Composting” event held during the Saturday Harrisonburg Farmers Market on August 17. Compost Drop-off project coordinator Adrie Voors assembled some local composting “champions” to help dedicate a new painting created by local artist Erin Murray for the Compost Drop-off collection area near the…

Processing Pollinators!

Left: A pollinator trap for collecting bees. Right: Washing the bees; one of the steps in processing them for identification. Photo by Peggy Plass (left) and Elizabeth Pass (right) One of the many benefits of working on projects through Virginia Working Landscapes is the excellent education and training opportunities which they also provide. Through the years, several…

Wildflower Walks 2019 Wrap-up

For seven years, the Headwaters Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists has organized wildflower walks on Shenandoah Mountain in the George Washington National Forest that cuts across the western side of Augusta and Rockingham Counties. What started as a cohort project, has grown into a tradition for some families and groups of friends. It offers a…

Vernal Pools Monitoring Project Training

Our chapter is starting a new Citizen Science project to locate and monitor vernal pools in our region. In support of this, we had a training session on Saturday, April 6 that started at McKinney Science Center at Bridgewater College and ended at Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve. Dr. Anne Wright, director of Life…

April 27th Wildflower Walks

Wildflower Walks on Shenandoah Mountain Saturday, April 27, 2019 Please join the Headwaters Master Naturalists for our annual rediscovery of the springtime beauty in the forests of our backyard mountain. After a long winter, what better way to celebrate warmer days than to hit the trails in search of spring wild flowers. And really there is…

Pursuing Liverworts in Rockingham County

Liverworts are grouped with the mosses and hornworts forming the Bryophytes. All of the Bryophytes reproduce by spores and Liverworts are considered to be the simplest true land plants from which it is thought that all land plants evolved. As Liverworts have been understudied in the state of Virginia, the plant record database overseen by…