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Chapter Meetings and Advanced Training

July 18, 2018 Chapter Meeting at Eastern Shore Community College

5:30 pm Meet and Greet, 6:00 pm Meeting

Guest Speaker:  Tony Picardi “Butterflies of the Eastern Shore”

July 18, 2018 Wallops Island NWR Trash Pick Up,

8:30 am, Along Route 175 – meet at curve on the road’s eastbound side after/before the Wallops Island Royal Farms

July 19, 2018  Advanced Training,

10:00 am Butterfly Walk at Mutton Hunk Fen, with Tony Picardi “Eastern Shore Butterflies”

July 20, 2018 Advanced Training opportunity Wallops Island NWR

We will hold Shoreline Steward training on Friday, July 20th 10:00am-12:00pm in the Classroom which include an overview of shorebirds and their management on the refuge as well as communication/customer service.  (Refreshments provided).  It will conclude with a brief site visit to the Parking Lot #1 to speak more about volunteer duties there.

We are happy to be restarting the Shoreline Steward program – an opportunity to help conserve beach nesting shorebirds by educating refuge visitors on the beach!

Who: You!

What: Interact with visitors, answer questions, share information about beach nesting birds and respecting closed areas, record “contacts” made

When: Throughout the summer nesting season; up to a 2 hour shift; Friday – Sunday, though any day is helpful

Where: Public Beach Areas (currently Parking Lot #1)

Equipment/Tools Provided: Beach chair/umbrella, interpretive materials (photos, maps, shorebird surveys, etc.), bug spray, sun tan lotion, program training

Contact Information:

Laurel Wilkerson
Park Ranger
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
8231 Beach Road (Physical address)
P.O. Box 62 (Mailing address)
Chincoteague, VA 23336
Office: (757) 336-6122 Ext. 2310

July 24, 2018 Advanced Training  Our next webinar in the 2018 Monarch Conservation Series is here!

Meadow Establishment in the East

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT (1pm Central, 12pm Mountain, 11am Pacific)

This webinar will discuss establishing and maintaining native meadows in the eastern US. There is a growing movement in the eastern US to convert lawn to meadows, even small backyard plots, for pollinator and wildlife habitat. There are many methods to accomplish the conversion from killing the existing vegetation and reseeding to the slower regime of yearly mowing and inter-planting with perennials. Both methods and meadow maintenance needs will be discussed.

Presenters:  Larry Weaner, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates Founder & Principal.  Ann Aldrich, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, past Restoration Director.
Register:  Meadow Establishment in the East

Contact Information:

Tracy McCleaf
US Fish and Wildlife Service
National Conservation Training Center
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Throughout July and August. Advanced Training opportunity

An easy but important wildlife reporting project for the DGIF. Do it from your car, or while out in the field during July and August. Many of your chapters may already have a blanket proposal for any DGIF projects.

Help DGIF by reporting sightings of Wild Turkey and Ruffed Grouse during your travels or field projects in July and August

Simply record your observations of wild turkeys and ruffed grouse during July and August. You don’t need to do any routes or otherwise make a special effort to collect data. Simply keep a copy of the report form (that can be downloaded below) in your vehicle or field pack and record any observations during your normal travels. If possible, please also estimate the mileage you have driven when making these sightings, for each month. Detailed instructions are below as well as on the report form.


  1. Please download and print a copy of this form and keep it in your vehicle to log observations during July and August.
  2. Record observations of all turkeys and grouse seen during July and August.
  3. Report each observation on a separate line. For example, if you see birds at 3 different times during the same day, complete 3 different lines of information.
  4. Avoid duplicate sightings. If you believe you have seen the same birds before, only report the first sighting.
  5. Report “none seen” and the mileage for each month even if no turkeys or grouse were seen.
  6. Do not report birds you observe while you were not working.
  7. If you have any questions, please contact

Katie Martin, or

Gary Norman

September 19, 2018 Chapter Meeting at Eastern Shore Community College, 5:30 pm Meet and Greet, 6:00 pm Meeting

Guest Speaker:  John Kleopfer, The State Herpetologist at DGIF, “Snakes of Virginia and the Eastern Shore”

November 21, 2018 Chapter Meeting at Eastern Shore Community College, 5:30 pm Meet and Greet, 6:00 pm Meeting

Guest Speaker:  Holly Gaff (or one of the research team members)  “Virginia–A Mixing Bowl for Ticks ad Pathogens”

Virginia Master Naturalist Eastern Shore Chapter Basic Training Class

September 6 through November 8 (Thursdays only)

ESMN 2018 Class Registration Form on FORMS page