All Virginia Master Naturalist Chapters are invited to enter photographs and the NNMN chapter will hold an Internal chapter contest in late July to choose which photos to enter in the contest. More info coming soon.Read More
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.Read More
In the fragmented ecosystems where we live and work, the importance of diversity in our landscapes cannot be over emphasized. Here is a great article that is not too technical and easy to read on why a diversity of native plants is so important when we are practicing ecological landscaping and gardening.Read More
Try Snapseed the next time you take pictures with your mobile device. It can be a lot of fun and help you get the look you want.Read More
Highland Place Meadow Project Meeting Notes 03/07/2018Read More
A few years ago my neighbor looked at my fledgling meadow and said, “I think I’ll throw out a few seeds, too.” I nodded, inwardly saying: “Is he nuts?”
Meadow Books & DVDsRead More
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.Read More
Attention all potential meadow makers:
This is the perfect time of year to go through seed catalogues and fantasize about your spring meadow.
To get you started, below are some places to buy seeds. Not all of the seeds are native to the Northern Neck. For more information on our natives refer to NNNPS.org.Read More
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.)Read More
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.Read More
A cadre of master naturalists can be trained to assist with meadow creation and maintenance. Initial research will include a study of literature as well as projects in the area about meadow creation, upkeep and maintenance.Read More