The concept of an Urban Forest is confusing to some and downright ridiculous to most people. In this webinar, we will learn what urban forests and urban forestry are. Why is it difficult to describe who an urban forester is? And why are urban forests becoming recognized more and more as a necessary part of our lives?
Photo by Patricia McMurray
Bat boxes at Pocahontas State Park, where VMN volunteers have been monitoring bat populations for several years. Photo by VMN-Pocahontas Chapter.
Table at the event with a meadows theme.
On Tuesday 10 April there is a field trip for chapter member to VIMS. The goal is for all of the attendees to learn more about how VIMS research, education, and advisory services benefit the people, habitats, and marine life of the Chesapeake Bay region and coastal zones. We will visit labs, the beach, the teaching marsh and learn about some of the projects on-going at VIMS. This is a great chance to update some of the information gained during the Basic Training Course (BTC) about Coastal Ocean and Estuarine Science and to learn more about the exceptional work of one of the sponsoring agencies for the Virginia Master Naturalist Program.
Presentation by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Senior Regional Ecosystem Scientist Chris Moore at the Lancaster Community Library. He will discuss the state of the Bay to include the importance of Atlantic Menhaden in maintaining a viable ecosystem – that includes the management of fish, birds, and other wildlife equities and issues. We will learn about the recently announced CBF 10 Billion Oyster Partnership and why CBF and other environmental groups push for catch limits that would take into account Atlantic menhaden's role in the food chain for fish and birds (ecological reference points).
Flying WILD professional development workshops provide a comprehensive overview of Flying WILD: An Educator's Guide to Celebrating Birds, as well as practical hands-on training in its implementation. Workshop Leaders and Project Wild Trainers: Faye Andrashko and Suzie Gilley (Project Wild) – Location Belle Isle State Park 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Dominion Power’s Matt Overton, will speak to us about avian collisions with electrical equipment & Dominion’s doing to decrease the occurrences.
Importance of Meadows in our Ecosystem and Citizen Science
Time is tentative.
Visit to the exceptional meadows found at the Wilna Tract of the Rappahannock River Valley Wildlife Refuge. Workshop Leaders: Bryna Brennan and Betsy Washington. We learn about stewardship actions to include controlled burning. Location Wilna Tract RRVNWR
Capture and Curation Methods for Studying Terrestrial Vertebrates and Invertebrates: Discovering How Important Scientific Specimens Can Be!
Two curators from the Virginia Museum of Natural History are offering a one-day, hands-on "field and lab methods" workshop at Gloucester Point, Virginia on March 14, 2018. They taught a similar workshop there last October, and it was very well received.
The Highland Place Meadow Project (HPMP) is a Master Naturalist approved Project. This means that Master Naturalists can log hours working on the project toward the 40 hours per year required to keep their certification active. The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society also supports this project with volunteer hours and advice as well as donating native plant seeds and plants. We are also hoping to get participation from Northern Neck Chapters of the Audubon Society (to identify the birds we hope to continue to attract) and Master Gardeners along with Owners Association Members, Cobbs Hall neighbors and friends.
The workshop will be held at Belle Isle State Park, on 21 Feb 2018, starting at the Canoe Launch Parking Lot from 10:00AM to Noon.
Lancaster Community Library's Sundays at 2: Bud Ward presents "Our Weather, Our Climate: Their Future"
This Sunday, February 18th, at 2 pm at the Lancaster Community Library, there will be a presentation on Climate Change/Global Warming in Virginia and the Northern Neck. This is part of the Lancaster Community Library’s “Sundays at Two” Series.
British Soldier Lichen (Cladonia cristatella) at Westminster Canterbury Irvington by Kyle Langford
Continuing Education Workshop for taking better digital pictures and entering the pictures into iNaturalist and eBird.
The workshop will be held in the Dance Room, at the A.T. Johnson Building in Montross, VA from 1:30 to 3:30PM.
Stratford Hall will be presenting a lecture and field walk about the newest evidence linking/unlinking the relationship between birds and dinosaurs. The event will include refreshments, lecture and field walk. More information can be found at https://www.stratfordhall.org/events/geo-series-are-birds-dinosaurs/
North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis) at Bush Mill Stream NAP by a game camera
The training is to prepare members of the chapter for the eMammal citizen science project Urban to Wild (https://emammal.si.edu/urban-wild).
Virginia Geology - Questions Answered & Asked online
General Membership Meeting followed by a presentation on “The New Flora of Virginia App: How to Use It.” This will be hands-on session to learn to use the exciting and comprehensive Flora of Virginia App. Recommend that those that have the App bring their smart phones and cell phones. Those without the App can receive help in downloading and installing the App as well as its uses as a field guide when you are out in the Forest, in a meadow, or roaming a Natural Area Preserve. Kyle Langford and Jeff Wright will lead the session and help out with computers and Information Technology e.g. Computers, Pads, Smart Phones, etc. The session is based on the Oct 2017 VMN webinar on the Flora of Virginia App.
This meeting will take place at the Lancaster Community Library, 16 Towne Centre Dr., Kilmarnock, VA. (upstairs meeting room).