‘Tis the Season…for Deer Heads!

Photo: by Adrie Voors, Cohort II At the Verona VDGIF office, Kate (left), teases out lymph nodes from a deer head. Chelsey Faller works on the back left, while Chelsey’s technician, Erin DeGuntis works on the right.   Fall is for white-tailed deer hunting, and since 2009 Virginia has seen a slow, steady spread of chronic wasting…

2019 VMN Photo Contest Results

Photo: 1st place in Virginia Master Naturalists in Action: “Naturalist Stream Monitoring Training” by Dianna Bridges (VMN-New River Valley Chapter)   This year was the seventh Virginia Master Naturalist photo contest, with categories for “Virginia Native Flora & Fungi,” “Virginia Native Wildlife,” “Virginia Native Landscapes,” “Virginia Native Macro and Night Photography,” and “Virginia Master Naturalists in Action.” We received approximately 100 entries…

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…

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…

Update on Underground Classroom & Call for Volunteers

Photo: from Headwaters SWCD I wanted to update you on the Underground Classroom progress and follow up on the volunteer program! The Underground Classroom has been off to a great start and we are starting to get more and more event signups. With more events comes the need for more volunteers. Everyone loves the trailer so…

Conference Report from VMN Program Director

Photo: by Michelle Prysby Volunteers honed their woody plant identification skills with Ellen Powell, Conservation Education Coordinator with the Virginia Department of Forestry. We were thrilled to have 210 volunteers and dozens of instructors, sponsoring agency representatives, and partners come together September 20-22 for our 2019 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Training and Conference.  This…