Saturday, May 19, 2012

Forest and Fields Training

Today I was privileged to assist the new trainee class of 2012 Virginia Master Naturalists on a Forest and Fields field-trip at Booker T Washington National Monument. The beautiful 75 degree sunny day was perfect for exploring outside!
Part of the day was Tree Identification
Using field guides helped to ID trees by their leaves 
(This was a sourwood tree) Kathy asked the group if they had heard of sourwood honey?
The group was very astute and observant, and were quick to point out flora and fauna
Don had them take sound readings with this techno-gadget as the cicadas were quite boisterous
Even fungi were on the learning list today
A toad made an appearance
Such a mug!
Catching insects in the hay field with a net
Seeing what was caught!
All in all, 4.25 hours of walking and thinking was quite exhausting, and yet exhilarating when there was one discovery after another! 
We hope you get outside soon and enjoy these great Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes! If you see someone taking water samples, or installing wood duck boxes, or measuring and counting American Chestnut trees on the Blue Ridge Parkway, then that would be us, your local chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists!

Learn more about the Virginia Master Naturalist Program here or to find a chapter near you!

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