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Year-end Tallies

Headwaters Master Naturalists Membership Committee chairs Pat and Dwayne Martin have been keeping track of member certifications and milestone hours. Here is the latest:
  • 1000 hours: RoxAnna Theiss
  • 500 hours: Kate Guenther and Penny Warren
  • 250 hours: Dwayne Martin and Ann Murray
First time certifications achieved in 2014 (good through 31 December 2015):

Gretchen Achenbach
Malcolm Cameron
Sue Eckroth
Robert Forrest
Ginny Hoffman
Janet James
Eric Jones
Janet Joseph
Gail Napora
Kathy Romig
Andy Sale
Margaret Speicher
Re-Certifications for 2015 (good through 31 December 2015):

Chris Bowlen
Chip Brown
Carl Droms
Betty Forrest
Stephanie Gardner
Betty Gatewood
Sandy Greene
Kate Guenther
Gerald Hopkins
Dwayne Martin
Pat Martin
Ann Murray
Judy Tammi
RoxAnna Theiss
Adrie Voors
Penny Warren


RoxAnna has been working on our Chapter's annual report and compiling numbers about our membership and project hours. Find her tables of statistics here.

Headwaters Chapter President Jerry Hopkins has made a News Year's resolution to "record my hours in the Volunteer Management System as soon as I have done them. ...If you are like me, I hope you will join me in making a resolution that you will try to record your time on a timely basis.  It is going to help you save grief and time for yourself and I can truly tell you it will make life easier for the people trying to do the Chapter's Annual Report. Start it right in 2015 and you will be really glad you did." 

Read more about Jerry's VMN VMS anxieties here.
Upcoming ...

Thursday, January 15, Virginia's Frog and Toad Calling Survey webinar with HMN Special Projects Coordinator Michelle Prysby. 12:00-1:00PM. Information on how to join the webinar will be posted here.

Thursday, January 29, Monarchs & More Project Partners Meeting, 6:30-8:30PM. Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church,
28 Old Stone Church Road, Fort Defiance. This is just off Hwy 11. Find directions here.

This is our big "Show and Tell" meeting. Bring your drawings, dimensions, team and partners, plant wish list, sign parameters and needs.  This is the meeting to make our Monarch Waysides glorious!  Contact Sandy Greene.

Keep up with our Monarchs & More! (M&M!) Project progress through postings to our website here. We've started a page for each site ... help us fill these up with progress notes and pictures! Contact Adrie.
115th Christmas Bird Count

On December 14, eight teams, consisting of 31 club members, were out in the field for a total of 60.25 hours with total miles by car being 635.5 and 10.75 miles by foot.

More about the Augusta Bird Club CBC from HMN and Augusta Bird Club President Penny Warren here.
Shenandoah Summit 2014

On December 16, DGIF Aquatics staff organized the first annual Shenandoah Summit at Shenandoah University in Winchester. This stakeholders meeting was called to discuss ongoing water quality and fish health issues in the Shenandoah River watershed.

... Read more from Paul Bugas, and Bob and Betty Forrest here.
Continuing Education through JMU Lifelong Learning Institute

They are still a few months off. You have time to consider joining one or both of these two spring JMU LLI classes which have been approved for HMN Continuing Education hours:

Our Observable Universe with Shanil Virani, Mondays, April 20 - May 18, 2015.

Fruits, Shoots, Roots, Blooms, and 'Shrooms: Edible Landscaping for the Valley with Nate Miller, Tuesdays, April 21 - May 12, 2015.

Naturalist Book Nook

Poseidon's Steed: The Story of Seahorses, From Myth to Reality

by Helen Scales, PhD

Seahorses, the modern day 'poster child' of healthy oceans, are fascinating creatures that have captured the human imagination for millennia.  Although they are not a keystone species, the author answers the question of why they matter because they ".....offer insights into life beneath the waves.... and ... because they inspire us to care about the natural world." 

... Read more from Penny Warren here!
It's That Time Again!  ... We need your ideas for our next chapter focus project!  Our focus projects are planned to:
  • incorporate a variety of skills and interests among our members
  • meet our mission of "education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within our communities"
  • lend themselves to partnering/ collaborating with other groups or sponsors
  • be fun!
Contact Project Committee Chair Sandy Greene,, with your ideas! Or fill out and submit a project proposal form.

Save the Date!

Wildflower Tournament 2015
Saturday, May 9th
Please contact Chip at to sign up to volunteer!
Look for an organizing meeting in March.
Headwaters Chapter Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, January 15, Noon- 2 PM

@ Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Office
517 Lee Highway, Verona, in odd months
Click on image at right to find directions through Google maps.

An informal bag lunch at 11:30 will precede the meeting.

All members welcome!
Training Committee work on our 2015 Basic Training Class "is looking good and we are energized and encouraged!  If you know of anyone you think would be a good candidate, send them our way ..."  Read more from Training Committee Chair RoxAnna here.
The George Washington National Forest Plan released last November after many delays has been met with generally good reviews from our area stakeholders:
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