Black Bear Composting Tour 2021

On Thursday, September 23rd, 2021, members of the Headwaters Master Naturalists chapter visited Black Bear Composting facility in Crimora. Eric Walter, the owner, showed us around the property and walked us through the composting process. They obtain the compostable waste from residential houses, businesses, and even institutions such as the local Bridgewater College. Once brought…

Mushroom and Lichen Outing for HMNs

Once again, we are being treated to the wealth of knowledge and generosity of local fungi experts Jack Wilson and Chris & Vicki Vacher on a walk/talk and more, on Sunday, September 12, starting at 9:30AM. Jack shares this “draft plan” for our outing: “To avoid hot weather, we should start at MoonDance Camp (Braley Pond…

Monarch Butterflies Webinar

Get some CE from VMN State Program Coordinator Michelle Prysby Virginia Master Naturalist Program Director Michelle Prysby presented the webinar Monarch Butterflies: Biology, Ecology & Conservation hosted by Wild Virginia on the evening of April 19th. You can find a recording of the webinar linked HERE. This informative hour and a half-long program has been…

CoCoRaHS: Volunteers Tracking the Weather

On Saturday, February 20, several HMNers were treated to a Zoom introduction to the CoCoRaHS organization by the Augusta/Rockingham coordinator, Tommy Le Beau. Despite a slight snag at the beginning (this was Elaine’s first time as Zoom host) it was an enjoyable presentation. Karen Milne, Peggy Plass, and John Bauman Zoomed in. Jean Stephens had internet…

Mushroom Hunt

Photo: by Adrie Voors My personal favorite, a “little brown” with signs of critter sampling bite marks. The recent dry spell kept our mushroom count on the low side as Peggy Plass, Lacey and her son, Jack Dean, his friend, Hayden Terry, and I searched around the Edith J Carrier Arboretum for these visual treats on Sunday, October…