Photo by Patricia McMurray
Everyone is invited to attend a spectacular event at Hull Springs Farm in which we not only get to celebrate and meet our newest trainees, a class that was first in taking training evenings and Saturdays, but we get to do it at beautiful Hull Springs Farm, which holds its own special draw.
A Visit to the Wellford’s Property in Essex County to learn about their meadows, pollinator/wildlife support, grassland birds restoration, and maybe rare marsh plants. This is a look at conservation strategies and successes on private land. Private Property so NNMN members only! Time and exact details to be determined. Watch for details.
Kati Rubis, Botanist with the Nature Conservancy, will give a program/field study trip to Dameron Marsh to showcase the TNC restoration of formerly degraded farm field into a thriving marsh and natural area. Time and exact details to be announced.
As part of the wrap-up and final assessment for the 2019 Basic Training Class, the students will be participating in a BioBlitz on Saturday, May 18. The Bioblitz will be held at the Wilna Tract of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge starting at 9am.
Tuesday, May 14th, NN Master Naturalists will be holding a Field Trip (Continuing Education credit) at Hickory Hollow Natural Area Preserve in Lancaster. We will meet at 1:00 in the parking lot for Hickory Hollow. There will be no Board nor general membership meeting this month.
A special planning meeting of NN Virginia Master Naturalists will be held Tuesday, April 30 9 am - noon at Belle Isle State Park Visitors Center. The Chapter Board will be welcoming discussion from any and all members concerning the overall operation and structure of the chapter as we proceed forward.
There will be a Basic Training Lecture at 11:15 AM by Dr. Joan Maloof on Forest Ecology and Old Growth Forests at Lancaster Courthouse. All Master Naturalists are invited to attend this new topic/lecture.
The master naturalists will have a booth at this event. We always need help so contact Kevin Howe if you can participate.
“Enjoy three days of nature, exhibits, art, food, music, children’s activities, ospreys and birds galore at the Downtown Colonial Beach, Inc. “Osprey Festival” April 12 – 14, 2019.
Membership workshop at The Heathsville Library on the use of botanical keys with special emphasis on the use of the smart phone app “Flora of Virginia”. Betsy Washington will lead with Kyle Langford and Kevin Howe helping.
Gardening in the Northern Neck is an annual seminar series presented by the NN Master Gardeners and the Virginia Cooperative Extension. This event has been of interest to most Master Naturalists in many of its 26 years.
Entomologist to speak about ticks and tick-borne diseases
This Friday through Monday (15-18 Feb) is the annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). This is one of the premier citizen science projects world wide and was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
*** Note location change for this meeting only ***
The next monthly meeting of the Northern Neck Audubon Society will be held Monday, February 4th, at the Northumberland County Library in Heathsville (7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville). The guest speaker will be Ellison Orcott, the Northern Neck regional coordinator for the second Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas (VABBA2).
This is a Stratford Hall event that’s sponsored by Northern Neck Audubon Society.
During this event participants will learn about the important role blue birds play in our ecosystem, how to construct their own bluebird house for their property, and hike along Stratford's property to view the bluebird houses that the Virginia Blue Bird Society maintain at Stratford Hall.
This event has a cost associated with it.
Northern Neck Master Gardeners
January 16 Presentation:
"Climate Change in Our Own Backyard"
Please join Northern Neck Master Gardeners for a presentation by Bud Ward on “Climate Change in Our Own Backyard” on Wednesday, January 16, at 11 a.m. at the Transportation Building, Rice’s Hotel/ Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville.
Based on the most current scientific understanding of climate change/global warming, this presentation will look at the warming climate as it affects low-lying coastal communities and eco-systems, including how it may increasingly influence weather- and climate-sensitive gardening and agricultural activities.
Ward will explore how the timing of seasonal changes might evolve in coming years and decades; how these changes lead to early arrivals, for instance, of spring, or to later initial freezes in winter; and how the changes affect animal and plant species.
Ward also will discuss scientific research on climate communications and the public’s understanding of climate change. He will offer insights of particular interest to the Northern Neck.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Bud Ward, a resident of White Stone, is an environmental journalist and educator with a distinguished career in natural resources and environmental issues.
Ward is the editor of Yale University’s “Yale Climate Connections.”
The Northern Neck Master Naturalists invites all members and the public to its first 2019 meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 at 1:15 pm in the Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville. The program is free and open to all.
The presentation will be about Virginia’s Natural Area Preserves with special focus on the four preserves we have in the Northern Neck.