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Early registration deadline for 2016 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training, Saturday, July 9. Conference is Friday, August 26 - Sunday, August 28 at Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake, Wirtz, Virginia. More about this HERE.

Passion for Mothing - A FREE Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series Event, Wednesday, July 13, 12-1 PM. Pavilion, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at JMU, Harrisonburg. Deborah Davis, artist and painter of native moths, shares about her love for these fuzzy, winged, nocturnal creatures, how she captures them causing no harm, and paints beautiful paintings from photographs she takes of her temporary captives.

The Engineering of Moths and Butterflies, Friday, July 15, 12-1PM. Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at JMU, Harrisonburg. Presented by HMN Gail Napora. Bring your lunch and eat while Gail uses props to demonstrate the impressive engineering of Moths and Butterflies for vision, flight, taste, hygiene, and staying power. More HERE.

Natural Waterways Acidification - A FREE Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series Event, Wednesday, July 20, 12-1PM. Pavilion, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at JMU, Harrisonburg. JMU Chemistry Professor Dan Downey shares about harm caused to local waterways from acidification and how science is working to solve negative impacts to aquatic environments.

HMN Board Meeting, Sunday, July 24, 3:30-5:30PM. Sandy Greene's house. All members welcome. More below.

Ducks Unlimited - A FREE Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series Event, Wednesday, July 27, 12-1 PM. Pavilion, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at JMU, Harrisonburg. Neal Roth, Senior Regional Director, shares on wetlands conservation in the region and leads a conversation with questions and answers on how Ducks Unlimited works to mitigate human impact to native waterfowl and their environments.

Fishy Fish - A FREE Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series Event, Wednesday, August 3, 12-1 PM. Pavilion, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at JMU, Harrisonburg. Thom Teears with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries shares information about native fish commonly found in regional streams and ponds, rivers and lakes and the challenges natives face with invasive and detrimental kinds of competitive fish, crayfish, bacteria, and more.
RareQuest: HMN Team Success!

RareQuest, a partnership between the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Natural Heritage Program and the Virginia Master Naturalists, is an adventure in the making.

One of HMN's two RareQuest teams made a successful find last month. Read about it from Chip Brown HERE.
Virginia Working Landscapes

Working on the newest approved project for Headwaters Master Naturalists Chapter definitely has some great moments—if you like tromping around in a field with grasses and wildflowers growing up to your shoulders, and using your GPS to locate an insect trap hidden in the midst of all that beautiful vegetation, then the new Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL) project might be a perfect fit for you! 

More about this from Peggy Plass HERE.
Nicky Staunton Presentation

Three-term Virginia Native Plant Society president and artist Nicky Staunton addressed a roomful of plant enthusiasts at the Bridgewater public library last month. Read about this from RoxAnna Theiss and Elaine Smith HERE.

Photo at left is of Elaine, Nicky and Nicky's daughter Lou.
Black Bear Composting Tour

On the afternoon of Thursday, June 9 Eric Walter of Black Bear Composting took a dozen of us associated with the Market Compost Drop-off project on a tour of his facility off highway 340 in Crimora.

Read about this from Adrie Voors HERE.
Arboretum Stream Restoration Work

The stream restoration and storm water management project at the Edith J Carrier Arboretum at JMU continues and our Master Naturalists continue to contribute volunteer hours towards planting forbs, shrubs and trees and weeding out invasive species. 

On June 21, three Headwaters Chapter volunteers joined other Arboretum volunteers and staff at the sycamore flats area for a morning of planting and weeding.  The site has been continually challenged by unusually large rainfall events soon after planting, but many of the plants have taken root and are starting to fill out.

Become a part of the team of people called upon to help at future planting events by signing up under the Stream Restoration Project in the VMN-VMS website.

- Chip Brown, Stream Restoration Project Coordinator

Hello Virginia Master Naturalist volunteers,

So far, more than 130 of your fellow volunteers from 23 of our chapters have registered for the Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training!  We have room for more, and the Early Bird registration deadline is approaching quickly.  After July 9, the price goes up a bit.  

If you haven't already, we hope you'll consider registering and joining us.  You can get all of your continuing education hours for the year and more.  You can also enjoy meeting VMN volunteers from all over the state.  You'll see a part of the state that may not be familiar to you, and learn from instructors who aren't regular presenters for your chapter. The Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter has put together a terrific program for you.

Follow to read all the conference details, and click the "Register Now" button to join the fun! (Or click on button below.)

Hope to see you in August,
Michelle Prysby, VMN program director
The 2016 Conference Planning Team
June 28, 2016
HMNs in the News

In Full Bloom- Music to the Eyes and Ears
June 4 - September 1

R.R. Smith Center for History and Art
20 S. New St., Staunton

An exhibit comprised of approximately 50 original botanicals from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, including works by Basilius Besler, Elizabeth Blackwell, Christopher Hills, and Friedrich Bertuch will run from June through August, 2016. The exhibit is free and open to the public. More here.

Hosted by the Augusta County Historical Society and Heifetz International Music Institute

Thanks to Penny Warren for sharing this!
Headwaters Chapter Board of Directors Meeting
Sunday, July 24
3:30-5:30 PM
Sandy Greene's house
123 Foxwood Lane
Mount Sidney 24467

click on the image at right to find Google directions
All members are welcome and encouraged to attend chapter board meetings.

Future meeting dates are scheduled for Sundays, September 25, and November 6.

Our approved Chapter Board meeting minutes can be found in the Documents section of the VMN Volunteer Management System.
Submissions please!

The HMN newsletter and website need your input! Please send articles, photos or ideas to Adrie. Newsletter item deadlines are generally the last day of the month for the next month's issue.

Wind your way HERE for a Naturalist-related events calendar for our area. Contact Adrie if you know of events to add to the calendar.
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