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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

2018 Virginia Master Naturalist Basic Training--Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter

The Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes (BRFAL) Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist (VMN) program is accepting applications for the 2018 Basic Training class from now until January 15, 2018, or until the class is filled.

Training is held on Monday evenings beginning February 12 through the end of April. There will be three Saturday field training workshops, March 24, April 7 and April 11. Graduation will be held on Saturday April 28. An abridged class schedule is included below. A training fee of $125 covers the cost of materials and activities.

The VMN program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. The BRFAL Chapter has projects in Franklin, Bedford and occasionally Patrick counties. In addition to providing volunteer services, VMN’s participate in ongoing education and citizen science activities to further their knowledge and experience.

Who can participate? People who are curious about nature, enjoy the outdoors, and want to be a part of natural resource management and conservation in Virginia are perfect candidates to become Virginia Master Naturalists. VMN is open to all adults regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.

To learn more about VMN and its chapters, visit http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/ . To learn more about the BRFAL Chapter and its projects, visit  http://brfal.blogspot.com/ or contact us:
Phone: 540-365-4613 email: BRFAL.VMN@gmail.com or snail mail to: P.O. Box 42, Wirtz, VA 24184

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BRFL VMN 2018 Training Schedule
Date
Presentation
Presenter
Mon-12-Feb
Welcome and Introduction
Lecture TBA
Navigating the VMN/VMS
Naturalists Report
Journal
Risk Management
Eco-Concepts
Mon-19-Feb
Herpetology
Lecture TBA
Lake and Stream Ecology
Mon-26--Feb
Dendrology
Lecture TBA
Mammalogy
Mon-5-Mar
Entomology
Lecture TBA
Forest Management
Mon-12-Mar
Ichthyology
Lecture TBA
Geology, Soil Geomorphology
Mon-19-Mar
Projects/Regulations
Lecture TBA
Ornithology
Sat-24-Mar
Geology and Soils
Field Day
Stream Ecology
Mon-26-Mar
Plant Identification, Taxonomy
Lecture TBA
and Nomenclature
Weather
Naturalists Report due
Mon-3-Apr
Environmental Presentations
Lecture TBA
Astronomy
Journals Due
Sat-7-Apr
Field Techniques for
Field Day
Observing Nature
Birds and Insects
Dendrology
Wildflowers
Sat-14-Apr
Field Practical Exercises
Field Day
Assessment
Sat-21-2017
Leave Open for Possible Make-Up
Sat-28-Apr
Graduation
Networking




Citizen Science

Stream monitoring

Outreach and education

Friday, October 20, 2017

2017 VMN Photo Contest Winner!


Awakenings

Congratulations to Rich Brager! The 2017 VMN Annual Conference and Training held last month included a photo contest open to all members. Rich took first place in the Master Naturalists at Work category with his photo of naturalists headed out for training on the Rivanna River. What a great photo!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

2018 Virginia Master Naturalist Basic Training--Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter

The Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes (BRFAL) Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist (VMN) program is accepting applications for the 2018 Basic Training class from now until January 15, 2018, or until the class is filled.

Training is held on Monday evenings beginning February 12 through the end of April. There will be three Saturday field training workshops, March 24, April 7 and April 11. Graduation will be held on Saturday April 28. An abridged class schedule is included below.

The VMN program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. The BRFAL Chapter has projects in Franklin, Bedford and occasionally Patrick counties. In addition to providing volunteer services, VMN’s participate in ongoing education and citizen science activities to further their knowledge and experience.

Who can participate? People who are curious about nature, enjoy the outdoors, and want to be a part of natural resource management and conservation in Virginia are perfect candidates to become Virginia Master Naturalists. VMN is open to all adults regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.

To learn more about VMN and its chapters, visit http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/ . To learn more about the BRFAL Chapter and its projects, visit  http://brfal.blogspot.com/ or contact us:
Phone: 540-365-4613 email: BRFAL.VMN@gmail.com or snail mail to: P.O. Box 42, Wirtz, VA 24184

Follow us on Facebook: Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalist



BRFL VMN 2018 Training Schedule
Date
Presentation
Presenter
Mon-12-Feb
Welcome and Introduction
Lecture TBA
Navigating the VMN/VMS
Naturalists Report
Journal
Risk Management
Eco-Concepts
Mon-19-Feb
Herpetology
Lecture TBA
Lake and Stream Ecology
Mon-26--Feb
Dendrology
Lecture TBA
Mammalogy
Mon-5-Mar
Entomology
Lecture TBA
Forest Management
Mon-12-Mar
Ichthyology
Lecture TBA
Geology, Soil Geomorphology
Mon-19-Mar
Projects/Regulations
Lecture TBA
Ornithology
Sat-24-Mar
Geology and Soils
Field Day
Stream Ecology
Mon-26-Mar
Plant Identification, Taxonomy
Lecture TBA
and Nomenclature
Weather
Naturalists Report due
Mon-3-Apr
Environmental Presentations
Lecture TBA
Astronomy
Journals Due
Sat-7-Apr
Field Techniques for
Field Day
Observing Nature
Birds and Insects
Dendrology
Wildflowers
Sat-14-Apr
Field Practical Exercises
Field Day
Assessment
Sat-21-2017
Leave Open for Possible Make-Up
Sat-28-Apr
Graduation
Networking



James River and American Chestnut (right) from citizen science data collection site on BRP

Bald Knob Stream Clean Up

Department of Conservation and Recreation Sponsor Ryan leading training session


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Public Lands Day Natural Area Preserve Guided Hike

I was recently able to take advantage of a chance to see Piedmont mafic barren and the rare Piedmont fameflower.  September 30 was Public Lands Day in Virginia, celebrated by Natural Area Preserve Guided Hikes. Colin Huber from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) led a small group up Bald Knob in Rocky Mount.

According to DCR’s description, “Bald Knob is one of the most significant conservation sites in the Piedmont and is known for the largest occurrence of Piedmont fameflower on Earth. Because of its exposed rock and poor soils, few plants survive on the rocks, giving visitors a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape.”

The beautiful day did not disappoint! The five of us took a botanist’s pace to the top of Bald Knob to be greeted by stunning blue sky views in all directions. Fruiting prickly pear cactus, bluecurls and fameflower were the prizes to be found at the top. We were also able to collect some remains of fireworks and other trash from the site.


Thanks to Colin for a fascinating outing and for all the support DCR gives BRFAL. What a great resource (pun intended)!
Smith Mountain on the horizon

Fruiting prickly pear

Bluecurls (trichostema dichotomum) against hat brim

Fameflower, too early in the day to open

Vistas all around! 

Photo credits

Photos #2-5 in the article below are credited to BRFAL's own Rich B, photographer extraordinaire, and whose beautiful morning on the river photo won  First Place Overall at the 2107 VMN Annual Conference and Training in Front Royal, VA last month. Congratulations, Rich, and thank you for all the beauty you add to our lives!