Stargazing

HMN-Led Presentation and Possible Future CE Opportunity for HMNs I led a small and informal stargazing session on Thursday, October 27, at Starry Meadows, a farm near Linville owned by Sharon and Jay Landis, participants in the most recent Headwaters class. They have been hosting numerous bird walks there, but had expressed an interest in…

JMU Tree Inventory 2022 Wrap-Up

Headwaters Chapter VMN – Update on JMU Tree Campus Inventory Project Over the last five months, eight Headwaters Chapter master naturalists (and one Charlottesville Area Tree Steward in training) have worked together with James Madison University staff to geolocate approximately 1,667 campus trees. This work has pushed the new total of campus trees to over…

Collect Acorns for the VDOF

It’s that time of year again! The Virginia Department of Forestry is requesting acorns from around the state. HMNs can log volunteer service hours for this under “Habitat Restoration/Maintenance – Acorn Collection for Virginia Tree Nurseries (DOF)” in Better Impact. From the Virginia Department of Forestry News Release, September 8, 2022: Every year, Virginians from…

JMU Tree Inventory Updates, Summer 2022

Note the Tree Inventory Volunteer Days in September: 1, 6, 8, 9, 14, 20, 22. More details here and in Better Impact! To date eight HMN volunteers have spent 70 hours logging trees into a GIS field data collection app and have added a total of 733 trees to JMU’s Campus Tree Inventory Map. Information…

Bat Count

Leslie Sturges, president of Bat Conservation & Rescue of Virginia, organized a bat count on the evening of July 27 at the farm of Carolyn Ford, just within Staunton city limits. We had excellent attendance and weather, with a total of about 17 participants, including three from our Headwaters Master Naturalist chapter. We began with…