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…

RareQuest Outings

On June 15, HMNs Kathy Byers, Chris Bowlen and Peggy Plass joined a trio of botanists with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for a trip to Magnolia Swamp in Augusta County. The primary target of their search was the Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra), a beautiful wildflower last seen on the property…

HMN Wildflower Walks 2017

On Saturday, April 29th, the Headwaters Master Naturalists led three wildflower walks on trails on Shenandoah Mountain. Nearly 50 participants and 15 master naturalists hit the trails in search of spring wild flowers. Highlights from the three trails include: Dowell’s Draft Trail (moved from Braley’s Pond due to fish stocking at the pond): Trailing Arbutus…

Stream Temperature Study

In late March and early April, HMN trainees Morgan and Ben Martindell and members Adrie Voors and Carl Droms were among a group of 49 who volunteered to deploy temperature loggers for Trout Unlimited’s Upper Shenandoah Stream Temperature Study. The group included several other members of the trainee class. The first step in the process…

VBWT Adopt-A-Trail Phase II

In addition to the updates below, HMN Coordinator for this project, Sandy Greene, has compiled some tips for successful monitoring trips here: DGIF Birding and Wildlife Trails for HMNs Adapted from an email sent to Adopt-A-Trail Project coordinators by VDGIF’s Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail Project organizer Jessica Ruthenberg on March 30, 2017: Welcome Spring and…