The Northern Neck Virginia Master Naturalists invites all members to the June meeting on Tuesday, June 11 at noon at the Wilna Lodge on the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Warsaw.
The meeting will begin with a 30 minute (or so) brown bag lunch and meet, greet, show and tell social gathering. It will then be followed by short presentation about Camera Trapping that was previously done in Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve as well as another project with the Smithsonian Institution. We will then have a brief instruction and plan for a new camera trapping program to be conducted by members throughout the Northern Neck. As many of you know, the Smithsonian is again providing the Chapter with cameras to be used for several months. We will learn how and where to place them and how to record the data collected that will be presented to the Smithsonian. They require this short training.
Also, we will also discuss the upcoming Northern Neck BUTTERFLY COUNT in July and the training for such before the count. Plans are being worked out with announcements coming at the meeting.
For questions contact Kevin Howe.
A Board meeting will precede the member meeting beginning at 11:00 – open to all members.
Update from Marty Hill:
We will be going over the Smithsonian’s Urban to Wild eMammal Camera Trapping Project at the June general meeting. At the end of the discussion we will deploy at least one camera trap in Wilna.
If you want to volunteer for this project, you will need a GPS device. If you do not have a stand-alone GPS, I recommend using a smart phone with the GAIA GPS App. You can download a free version from your favorite App Store.
GAIA GPS tutorials can be found on YouTube. If desired, we can spend a few minutes going over loading camera coordinates/waypoints and using the GPS App to guide you to the desired deployment location. And, back to your starting point. 🤓