The Wild Sourdough Project

Photo: by fieldandforestfriends.com Wild yeast sourdough bread with starter Rob Dunn Lab Group, formerly known as Your Wild Life, citizen science projects are appealing for volunteers who like to dabble in the science of the small! Overseen by Dr. Holly Menninger, Director of Public Science and Dr. Rob Dunn’s Public Science Lab in the Applied Ecology…

Let’s Stop the Invasion!

Photos and selected text provided by Va. Tech Cooperative Extension Immature, wingless stage of the spotted lanternfly Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is a new invasive insect pest that has the potential to impact agriculture, forests, and home landscapes. (The only good thing about them is that they like eating another invasive: Ailanthus altissima – tree of heaven.)…

Meet Our New Transfer, Chelsea Trice!

Photo: from our new transfer Chelsea Trice   Interview by Stephanie Gardner How long have you been involved in the Virginia Master Naturalists program?  Since spring 2015! What were some of your favorite past volunteer and leadership projects with VMN? Favorite volunteer project: volunteering at Camp Albemarle under the watchful eye of Lauriston DaMitz, TJSWCD,…

Beautiful Sights on the Chessie and McCormick Farm Trails!

Photo: from Cyane Lowden Virginia bluebells on the Chessie Trail.   Recently, Cyane Lowden walked the Chessie and McCormick Farm Trails and shared some photos of the wonderful sights she enjoyed. Thank you, Cyane! If on your walks you find some beautiful flora or fauna, or if you find that great flora and fauna in and around your…

Betty Rosson Forrest May 6, 1935 – March 16, 2020

Photo: by Edith J. Carrier Arboretum   Beloved volunteer and supporter of the Arboretum Betty was remembered in last month’s newsletter, but the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum also wrote of her and her contributions to the Arboretum so I’d like you to see the lovely remembrance of her. Betty lived life to the fullest! She…