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Early Bloomers at Voohees Nature Preserve 3/14/2018

A group of Northern Neck VA Master Naturalists and a Nature Conservancy ranger went to Voorhees Nature Preserve, Nature Conservancy, at the Westmoreland Berry Farm in Westmoreland county, VA in mid March. We went to perform trail maintenance, inspect the preserve after the heavy wind storms this winter and look for early bloomers and ephemerals. There were a total of 5 plants that were blooming or almost blooming, 3 NN natives and 2 introduced species.

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Kyle Langford
The Northern Neck Master Naturalist Chapter starts its 11th year ...

The Northern Neck Master Naturalist Chapter starts its 11th year with a robust and active membership. In 2017 our 73 active members drove over fifty thousand miles to perform 5,445 hours of volunteer work, surpassing 2016 by 28%. They also completed 855 hours of continuing education, 48% more than 2016. In all 33 members were recertified, eight achieved initial certification and 17 completed the 2017 Basic Training Class.

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NewsletterJeff Wright
Game Cameras at Bush Mill Stream NAP

Recent graduates of the 2017 MN class have been maintaining game cameras at Bush Mill Preserve for about three months and have harvested many photos of local critters.  This effort started as a class project and its continuation is now part of an ongoing MN project to collect and report flora and fauna population information to various organizations (i.e., DGIF, DCR, etc.)

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FFDCLiz Worsham
First Steps

I hope that all of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and are clearing out spaces for your 2018 meadow.

First steps, as I mentioned at the last meeting, are to gather resources — books, links and how-tos. Do you have favorites? If so, send them along to me and I will compile them.

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MeadowsBryna Brennan