Sam Droege: Bee Mythbuster

by Catherine Howell ARMN members, Master Gardeners, and others who had the good judgment to attend an information session at Fairlington Community Center on October 10 were rewarded with two hours of advanced training––and a lot of bee-themed standup, courtesy of Sam Droege. Droege, a wildlife management expert with the USGS Bee Inventory and MonitoringContinue reading “Sam Droege: Bee Mythbuster”

Virginia Master Naturalist Photo Contest – 9/4/12 Update

9/4/12 Contest update – Voting is closed. The winners are: Flora – Chelone turtlehead flower with bumble bee by Catherine Howell Fauna – Dragonfly by Christine Friedel Thanks to our photographers and to everyone who voted!                                                                                                                                   The annual 2012 Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer Conference and Training is just around the corner. From September 7-9,Continue reading “Virginia Master Naturalist Photo Contest – 9/4/12 Update”

Everyday is Earth Day for ARMN Volunteers

By Monique Wong “Everyday is Earth Day for ARMN volunteers,” Robin Davis, ARMN Outreach Committee Chair, remarked at the April ARMN Board Meeting. How right she is! Since ARMN’s mission is to provide environmental education, research, citizen science, outreach, and stewardship of Virginia natural resources and public lands, everyday is indeed Earth Day for all ARMN members. Wherever youContinue reading “Everyday is Earth Day for ARMN Volunteers”

Backyard Nature Photography

By Monique Wong When Christine Freidel moved into her home near Potomac Overlook Park five year ago, she inherited a typical suburban lawn in her backyard.  Inspired by the book “Bringing Nature Home,” Christine applied her training as a Master Naturalist and spent two years introducing native species to her backyard. “We spotted butterflies andContinue reading “Backyard Nature Photography”