HMNs Present at Arboretum

The Brown Bag Lunch series at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University featured two programs in June presented by Headwaters Master Naturalists. The first, on June 22, was “What Humans Hear in Nature & Vice Versa” presented by Lincoln Gray, who is professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at JMU. The focus…

Peregrine Falcon CE Program 

“It was AWESOME!” On June 7th, a group of 15 Headwaters Master Naturalists arrived early to Franklin Cliffs (milepost 49) in the Shenandoah National Park to observe four young peregrine falcons and learn about the program that has been taking place annually in the park since 1989. The forecast was for rain and clouds to…

Quarry Gardens Tour

Our group at Quarry Gardens on April 16, 2022. Photo by Steven David Johnson. A recent continuing education opportunity provided a chance for Headwaters Master Naturalists to combine birding, geology, botany, history and getting together in person. The Quarry Gardens are located in Schuyler, Virginia. In 1991, Bernice and Armand Thiebolt were able to purchase…

SNP Peregrine Falcon Population Restoration Program

CE Opportunity for HMNs! On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 10am, Shenandoah National Park biologist Rolf Gubler will host a field visit to the park’s peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) restoration site at Franklin Cliffs Overlook (milepost 49). It will last about an hour. There will be an extra spotting scope set up, but if anyone…

Safe Passage for Wildlife

On December 6th, bear expert Mike Pelton presented photos, maps and information to a group of about 12 Headwaters Master Naturalists about improving wildlife corridors across roads in Virginia. With the fragmenting of undeveloped lands, wildlife increasingly encounters roads and traffic as they move through the landscape. Mike’s 50-year career has focused on researching bears,…