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Monarchs & More! Migration Tour

Headwaters Master Naturalists celebrated the success of our 2015 Monarchs & More! Chapter Focus Project on Saturday, August 15th. It was a beautiful day for HMN chapter members to join area pollinators in the gardens that we created across Rockingham and Augusta counties.

Read more about our day from Stephanie Gardner here.

Clockwise from upper left:
  • Monarch caterpillar at Purcell Park garden
  • Monarch butterfly at Project Grows garden
  • Tour invite
  • First stop: Purcell Park, Harrisonburg
  • Second stop: Cooks Creek Arboretum, Bridgewater
  • Third stop: Natural Chimneys Park
  • Ann Murray lays out lunch.
  • Kelly Rourke was our bus driver.
  • Project Grows pollinator garden is a burst of color!

Events for HMNs ...


Birds of the Burg, Saturday, September 5, 8:30-10:30AM, Hillandale Park, Harrisonburg. Guided bird walk with HMN Kathy Byers and others. More here.





Forestland Conservation in Virginia: Current Programs and Landowner Opportunities, VMN Webinar, Thursday, September 10, 12-1PM. Presentation by Kim Biasiolli of the VA Department of Forestry. More here. Access the webinar here. Rescheduled from August 26.



Virginia Native Plant Society Annual Meeting, September 11-13, Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton. Rescue, Reclaim, Restore: Challenges for Native Habitats in Virginia’s Great Valley. Three presentations, 17 field trips. Schedule and registration here.



Lake Shenandoah Pollinator Garden Partnership Work Day, Saturday, September 12, 8:00AM. More here. Contact Jason Hallacher, Fisheries Biologist, DGIF, Jason.Hallacher@dgif.virginia.gov. Find directions here.




South River Cleanup with Friends of the Middle River, Saturday, September 12, 9:00 AM. Paul Bugas will once again be organizing a team for this event. Anyone who can come help should contact Paul directly for details: paul.bugas@dgif.virginia.gov



EJC Arboretum Stream Bank Work Days, Tuesday, September 22 & Thursday, September 24, 8:30AM-12:30PM. See story below. Contact Chip Brown, cbrown2001@gmail.com




McCormick Farm Day for HMNs, Saturday, September 26, 8:30AM-2:30PM. See story below. Contact Sandy Greene.





HMN Outreach Tabling at International Fest, Saturday, September 26, 12-6PM. Hillandale Park, Harrisonburg. Contact Pat Martin: padmartin@yahoo.com. Pat could use help planning and working at this event.




HMN Adopt-a-Hwy Trash Pickup, Wednesday, September 30, 9:30AM. Bluestone Vineyards, 4828 Spring Creek Rd., Bridgewater. Contact Adrie Voors. Rain date: October 1st.
HMN McCormick Farm Day September 26

Sandy Greene, with the help of some other HMN Board Members, has put together a wide-ranging day of activities for our chapter members.

On Saturday, September 26, plan to spend the day outside at the McCormick Farm in Raphine. You are sure to find something to interest you in this schedule:
  • 8:30-10:30AM: Birding Walk with Penny Warren. Bring binoculars.
  • 10:30AM-12:30PM: Forest Management Walk and Talk with retired forester Charlie Huppuch.
  • 12:30-1:00PM: We'll eat a brown bag lunch at the picnic tables. Bring anything you'd like to eat and drink.
  • 1-1:30PM: Farm history chat and a look at the museum with Sandy.
  • 1:30-2:30PM: Earn an hour of volunteer time on Marl Creek Trail maintenance (clip eye pokers, fill holes) or cleaning the education storage granary to get ready for McCormick Farm Day the following Saturday.
Directions to McCormick Farm are here.
Contact Sandy Greene, greenes104@aol.com

 
McCormick Farm, owned and managed by the Virginia Tech Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center, will host its 10th annual Cyrus McCormick Farm Mill Day on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. "The day will include viewing the working grist mill, museum displays, blacksmiths, farm tours, a walk along Marl Creek Trail, broom making, music, kids games, and more."
Regional Conference on Holiday Lake

It was an early start, even for someone who gets up every weekday at 5:30am. On Saturday August 29, I met Chris Bowlen and Adrie Voors at 6:45am in Grottoes to go to Appomattox to the Virginia Master Naturalist regional conference. It was worth the early rising!

Read more from Elaine Smith here.
Stream Restoration Planting Work Days
at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University

HMN Chip Brown heeded Project Committee Chair Sandy Greene's call last month for a project coordinator for HMN's involvement with the Arboretum's Stream Restoration plantings. Here is what he has for us:

The EJC Arboretum at James Madison University has been restoring the stream that feeds their main pond over the summer which has required several grants, and includes some basic native plantings. The restoration includes adding meanders and creating different areas of riparian buffers and wetlands for water runoff management. By mid-September 2015, the contractor, Shenandoah Stream Works, should be completed with their portion of the restoration and preliminary plantings.

It is then the responsibility of the EJC Arboretum to complete the plantings. Currently there are 118 shrubs, 16 container grown trees, 60 tree seedlings in 1 gallon containers and 340 tubelings/seedlings for a total of 534 plants. This is the first planting of several that will take place over the coming years.

This volunteer opportunity will help support the EJC Arboretum by providing time and energy to plant and provide the initial support for maintaining the plantings.

Please sign up on the VMN-VMS website: virginiamn.volunteersystem.org under the General Event Calendar listing that you are able to attend. Project listing is: S - Edith J Carrier Arboretum at JMU.
  • September 22, 2015, 8:30am -12:30pm
  • September 24, 2015, 8:30am -12:30pm
Tools, water, and snacks will be provided.

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, a woodland sanctuary on the James Madison University campus, is a public urban garden and forested greenspace that preserves native plants species, provides opportunities for research, and promotes knowledge of the botanical and natural world for people of all ages.
Birds, Birds, Birds.....
Upcoming events hosted by the Augusta Bird Club


Augusta Bird Club President, and HMN Penny Warren, will lead two bird walks looking for fall migrants and returning winter residents. All skill levels of birding are welcome!
  • The first walk is Monday, September 7th, Bell's Lane, Staunton, at 8:00 a.m.  Meet at entrance near the VDOT headquarters on Rt. 11. This will be approximately a 2 1/2 hour walk.  
  • The second field trip will be Monday, October 5th going to Licking Hole Creek in Crozet.  We will meet at Afton Mountain, Hawk Watch parking lot at 8:00 a.m. and car pool.  This is our fall trip to Licking Hole Creek where we will look for waterfowl, sparrows, kinglets, hawks, etc.  When we are done, we will stop at the MudHouse for a nosh and then continue on to Old Trail and King Family Vineyards and check the ponds and surrounding habitat.  Back to Afton Mountain by 12:30.
Augusta Bird Club Meeting, Monday, September 14th, 7:00 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2001 North Coalter St., Staunton. Gabriel Mapel will present his experiences attending the Audubon Hog Island Camp in Maine. 

Augusta Bird Club annual Seed Sale. The annual..and only... fundraiser for the Augusta Bird Club is a bird seed sale held this year on October 17th at the Government Center in Verona. The poster and order form will be available in the near future.  If you would like to receive the order information, please inform Penny Warren at penny@staunton.com.  All profits from the seed sale go toward scholarships supporting area youth to attend Nature Camp. In the summer of 2015, we supported eight students with full and partial scholarships!!!  

Also, if you would like to volunteer to help the day of the seed sale, please let Penny know.  Helping out at the seed sale does count toward your volunteer hours.

Rockingham Bird Club

The Rockingham Bird Club also benefits from an annual fall bird seed sale with distribution out of Harrisonburg. Master Naturalists can earn volunteer hours here too. If you can help IN ANY WAY, such as:
  • Make contact with supplier to get prices & make order
  • Prepare order forms
  • Receive order forms & money
  • Help loading vehicles on pick-up day ...
Contact Jerry Hopkins: gerald.hopkins@comcast.net
 

Both of our area bird clubs support the annual Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch

Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch needs YOU! There are various ways that folks can help our hawk watch, depending on their level of experience. Anyone, regardless of experience, is welcome to sit with our experienced counters to help scan the skies and find raptors. The more eyes on the skies the better!

Learn more here. Attend the Open House: click on the image above for details!
Our Adopt-A-Hwy Signs are Up!

As of August 5, 2015, Spring Creek Rd. in Bridgewater is sporting two new Virginia Department of Transportation-installed Adopt-a-Highway signs featuring Headwaters Master Naturalists. We've completed three pick ups along this busy and needy stretch of Rockingham County roadway.


Our next trash pick up here is scheduled at the end of this month on:
  • Wednesday, September 30 at 9:30AM. Meet at the Bluestone Vineyards parking area, 4828 Spring Creek Rd., Bridgewater. Rain date: Thursday, October 1st. Contact Adrie.
More about this project here.
Headwaters Chapter Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, September 17, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


@ Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Office
517 Lee Highway, Verona

Find directions through Google maps HERE.

All members welcome!
If you'd like to add any item of discussion to the Board agenda, please contact Jerry Hopkins, gerald.hopkins@comcast.net, by September 10.

Our Chapter Board meeting minutes can be found in the Documents section of the VMN Volunteer Management System.
 
Wind your way HERE to view our calendar of Naturalist-related events in our area. Contact Adrie if you know of events to add to the calendar.
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