Category Archives: Education

Continuing Education

Exactly what events qualify for CE credit has been a source of confusion, and sometimes controversy, since the VMN Program’s earliest days.  I recently corresponded with the State Office and asked for some guidance on their current understanding.  They started

What do YOU Know About American Chestnut Tree Restoration?

By Larry Johnson Question– Is an American Chestnut tree growing on BRNP property? Question– Does a wild (native survivor) American Chestnut tree exist in Loudoun County? Answers at end of article. Looking for a botanically-focused venture, this past June 2016,

Adventures of a First Time Beekeeper: Part 2 – Raising Bees and Making a Meadow

Part 2a – Raising Bees By Liz Dennison Bees exist in the wild without assistance from beekeepers. As beekeepers, we provide a healthy environment, food and water when necessary, and protection from pests and predators, so that our bees can

Book Review: Feathers, the Evolution of a Natural Miracle

By Sheila Montalvan Feathers, the Evolution of a Natural Miracle. By Thor Hanson. New York, NY: Basic Books. 2011, 336pp. Recently I heard about an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York called Dinosaurs Among Us that features a

Upcoming VMN Training Class Schedule published

The Banshee Reeks chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program just published its upcoming class schedule.  The What You’ll Learn section of the Virginia Master Naturalist website provides a good high level overview of what the classes cover. The Banshee

Dragonfly resources

          Dragonfly Key – http://imnh.isu.edu/digitalatlas/bio/insects/drgnfly/idkey/1.htm Dragonfly ID – http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Dragonflies Pond Watch – http://www.xerces.org/dragonfly-migration/pondwatch/ Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has a Loudoun county list of dragonflies The best website for Northern Virginia is http://www.dragonfliesnva.com/ . Some Facebook groups of interest: Odonata of the eastern United States – https://www.facebook.com/groups/OdonataoftheeasternUS/

Cornell Labs offering its Spring Field Ornithology course online

From a Cornell Lab’s email: “Each spring for 40 years, bird enthusiasts have gathered at the Cornell Lab for Spring Field Ornithology to learn from world-renowned ornithologists. This year, for the first time, anyone, anywhere can take the course online.  Focused on species

2016 VMN Banshee Reeks Class Schedule