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.
Photo by Patricia McMurray
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.
Membership workshop 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.
Basic Training Lecture by Dr. Joan Maloof on Forest Ecology and Old Growth Forests at Lancaster Courthouse. All Master Naturalists will be invited to attend this new topic/lecture.
This will be followed by a Field Trip to Hickory Hollow NAP
*** 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.
The 3rd Northumberland-Lancaster Christmas Bird Count is on Tuesday 18 Dec. Last year the event identified over 100 species. Christmas Bird Counts is an approved project (C3U) in the NNMN Volunteer Management System.
The next Information Session for 2019 Basic Training Course:
November 15, 6:30 p.m.
16 Town Center Drive
Kilmarnock, VA 22482
Dr. Courtney Harris - Professor of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) - is the speaker at the 13 Nov 2018 General Membership Meeting of the Northern Neck Master Naturalists. Her topic is "Waves, Tides, and Currents: What's Pushing the Waters Around in Virginia.” The presentation is about the physical and geological “geography” of Chesapeake Bay and how waves, tides, and currents play an important role in defining the coastal regions of Virginia.
“150 miles West of the Northern Neck – What’s Different, What’s the Same”
A Northern Neck Master Naturalist field trip is planned to Bath County Virginia, November 7-10, 2018. This is a visit to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Mountain Region. Bath County is along the border with West Virginia and is west of I-81, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive.
NNMN Members Only
November 3, 10:30 a. m.
Classroom behind the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office
460 Main St.
Warsaw, VA 22572
(Note: Classroom is through the gate to the right of the Extension Office)
Cl;ick for more info: fall 2018 lancaster hhw.pdf
This session will provide information about the 2019 Basic Training Course to prospective trainees Wednesday evening, October 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Virginia Cooperative Extension Classroom (460 Main Street, Warsaw, VA 22572).
*** Cancelled Due to Weather Related Damage ***
This session will provide information about the 2019 Basic Training Course to prospective trainees at the Northumberland Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville on October 13 at 11:30am.
A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in attempt to identify all living species within a unit of the refuge. During this BioBlitz, biologists, citizen scientists and wildlife enthusiasts will have the opportunity to explore our newest refuge unit while contributing valuable data to the refuge.
Northern Neck Master Naturalists will have a booth at the Northern Neck Land Conservancy's Boots and BBQ
Boots is where the public is invited to learn more about the role of land conservation in preserving the beautiful Northern Neck.
This session will provide information about the 2019 Basic Training Course to prospective trainees on Saturday, September 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lancaster Community Library in Kilmarnock.
Join the NNMN next Tuesday for a General Membership Meeting and Meadow Walk. That is Tuesday 18 Sept - 1:00PM Wilna Tract of the Rappahannock River Valley NWR.
RRVNWR and Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex - Wildlife Biologist Lauren Cruz will join Betsy Washington, and Bryna Brennan in touring the meadows at Wilna and learning about how they were established and maintained.
This session will provide information about the 2019 Basic Training Course to prospective trainees on Saturday, September 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the A.T. Johnson Building (18849 Kings Hwy) in Montross.
Due to weather conditions, the board meeting has been rescheduled for 11:30am at the extension office in Warsaw (460 Main Street). The meadow program has been rescheduled for 9/18 at 10am.
A panel discussion with planned audience participation will discuss invasives and introduced species impacting the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula Virginia, and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
The Wildlife Center of VA will be releasing an adult bald eagle on Wednesday, July 4 at 11am at the Wilna Pond at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.