On Wednesday, March 14, the Historic Rivers Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists elected new officers and held a graduation for 20 new Cohort XII members. During their six months of training, these twenty Cohort XII members participated in classes and field trips which taught them about the Nature of Naming, Butterflies, Evolution and Biology Basics, Master Naturalist Skills, Risk Management, Entomology, Plant Biology, Wetlands Ecology, Forest Conservation, Macroinvertebrates, Native Plants, Interpretive Skills and Toolboxes, Volunteer Projects and Citizen Science, Geology, Ornithology, Ecology Concepts, Local Habitats, Dendrology, Naturalists' Biographies, Herpetology, Mammalogy, Ichthyology, Climate and Weather, Climate Change, HRC-VMN board meetings, birdwalks, and plant walks.
In addition to all the requirements that Cohort XII successfully completed for basic training, students, during their training months, managed to accumulate a total of 796.5 volunteer hours for the chapter. Well done, Cohort XII!
Applications for Cohort XIII will be accessible in June (http://www.historicrivers.org/)
(Pictured: Front row, left to right: Glenda White, Deena Obrokta; Middle row, left to right:
Melissa Schutt, Kathleen Jabs, Wendy Nelson, Betty Bennick, Robin Culler, Melody Mosbaugher,
Julia Thomas, Carolyn Black; Back row, left to right: Rick Brown, Rose Ryan, Claire White, Pam Schnabel, Paul Showalter, Scott Hemler, Frank DeBolt, Joe Gerdes, Lisa Reagan; Absent from picture:
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