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The most pertinent current COVID guidelines from the Virginia Cooperative Extension

Face-to-face programming is allowed in accordance with the following in-person programming guidance: 

  • Indoor programming: There are currently no state restrictions on group size or physical distancing, however some regions may have facility and/or occupancy restrictions that limit participant numbers.
  • Outdoor programming: There are currently no state restrictions on group size or physical distancing, however some regions may have facility and/or occupancy restrictions that limit participant numbers.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask in most settings. Specific CDC guidance and specific Virginia Tech University guidance can be found on their respective websites.
  • Individuals who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks in all settings. 

Chapter Meetings, Advanced Training and Projects

Chapter Meeting Schedule

March 18, 2020 Chapter Meeting is CANCELLED due to the CoVid-19 pandemic.

May 13, 2020 Chapter Picnic is CANCELLED due to the CoVid-19 pandemic.

July 15, 2020 Chapter Meeting is CANCELLED due to the CoVid-19 pandemic.

September 16, 2020 Chapter Meeting at Eastern Shore Community College, 5;30 pm Meet and Greet, 6:00 pm Meeting. Speaker TBD

November 18, 2020 Chapter Meeting 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm via Zoom or call in.

January 20, 2021 Chapter meeting 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm via Zoom or call in. Presentation Title: Sea Turtles, Ancient Mariners of the Sea. Ruth Boettcher, Coastal Nongame Biologist for the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, will present the fascinating life history and ecology of sea turtles that inhabit Virginia’s waters, discuss past and present threats which have led to their placement on the endangered species list, and provide an overview of what is being done to conserve these unique creatures in Virginia and along the US Atlantic coast.

May 19, 2021 Chapter meeting 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm via Zoom or call in. Presentation Title: A Herpetofauna Quest: From Spain to Virginia and Beyond. Dr. Pablo Delis, from Shippensburg University will review his past involvement in Herpetology and will emphasize his current work on the Delmarva Peninsula. The lecture will be followed with our business meeting to recognize those certified last year and those reaching milestone hours.

July 22, 2021, Chapter meeting Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Building. Business meeting 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm, speaker from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Presentation Title: Water Quality in Accomack County Freshwater Streams. Richard Snyder, Professor and Director of the Eastern Shore Laboratory of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary will be our speaker.

September 22. 2021 Chapter Meeting will be a picnic at Sawmill Park in Accomack County from 4PM to sunset. Come and socialize, enjoy music from fellow Master Naturalists, play cornhole, and just relax with friends. Spouses and partners are welcome. Due to Covid, please bring your own food and drinks. There are 4 small grills for personal use. If you want to grill, please bring your own charcoal and tools. Finger food appetizers and desserts to be shared are welcome. A pavilion, picnic tables, and restrooms are available. If you prefer, bring your own chair.

Chapter Board Meeting Schedule:

TBD

Eastern Shore Bird Club

Directions to The Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore (formerly The Hermitage)
Meetings are held at “The Commonwealth Senior Living”, 23610 North Main St., Onancock, VA 23417
Directions:   From the stoplight in Onley on Rt. 13, take VA Rt. 179 West into the town of Onancock. Pass the Roseland Movie Theater on your left, then take next right onto North St. (Rt. 658). The Hermitage is ½ mile on your left. . Programs are open to all. Field Trips are for members only. JOIN TODAY!! ($15 single, $25 family)

Eastern Shore Master Naturalist 2021 meeting reminder that joining the bird club and participating is a way to get almost all of your advanced training hours.

Waste Watchers

Hello fellow Master Naturalists!  Are you looking for a project to work on?  Waste Watchers of the Eastern Shore of Virginia (ESVA), an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, would like to invite you to join us in removing litter and trash from along our highways, shorelines, and other crucial points on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  Your volunteer time can be charged to E0-06 Waste Watchers or S-13 Waste Watchers Trash Pickup.

Waste Watchers is an independent, non-profit (contributions are tax deductible) volunteer community group that promotes the responsible disposal of waste on our beautiful peninsula. We work in ways large and small, from picking up litter and supporting the VDOT Adopt-a-Highway litter abatement program to influencing public policy.   Waste Watchers works with the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (ANPDC) through the GreenWorks Committee to better collaborate with our local governments and serve our region.  Garbage that isn’t disposed of properly hurts everyone.  It’s dangerous, costly and just plain ugly.  It’s also killing off the very wildlife we love so much on the Shore. 

Waste Watchers has a team of volunteers (The Trash Talkers) who will visit schools, businesses, organizations or homes to educate folks about reducing consumption, reusing and recycling.  We facilitate litter pick-up events all over the Shore in an effort to clean up one roadway at a time.  We also sponsor events such as essay contests in the local schools in an effort to educate our younger generation about proper waste disposal and management.


Waste Watchers meets the second Wednesday of every month from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Sage Diner in Onley.  We recently changed our meeting time in order to accommodate more folks.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Please come by and see what we are all about. Our next meeting will be February 12th.  Please join us!

For more information, visit our website at http://www.wastewatchersesva.org, and check out the link to our Facebook page.  Or, call Marilyn Ailes, our current leader at 757-824-0608 or Shannon Alexander, our ANPDC member and representative, at 757-787-1550.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS)

The seminars are free and open to everyone.  Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.  For further information call VIMS at 757-787-5816.

The seminar is available as a real-time webcast you can view online. 

Please go to: http://vims.adobeconnect.com/afterhours  and log in as a guest at the time of the event.  David Boyd has successfully watched the seminar remotely.  He can answer any questions about that process.

Instructions for Accessing the Better Impact Volunteer Management System

If you have questions about the Better Impact Volunteer Management System please contact the chapter’s timekeeper, Sharon Renshaw sharonrenshaw@verizon.net the chapter’s president, Barbara Ohare barboh5@gmail.com

You will be able to enter the system with the following address:

https://myimpactpage.com and follow the prompts on your screen.

You will use this site to enter your volunteer and advanced training hours.  You can also use this site to edit your profile, check for chapter announcements, review definitions of all projects and find contact information for other members.

Accessing the Virginia Master Naturalists Webinar Advanced Training.

To be certified and maintain certification every year as a Virginia Master Naturalist, volunteers are required to complete 8 hours of continuing education.  To assist volunteers needing to meet this requirement, the state program office offers continuing education through our annual statewide conference, an online webinar series, and regional workshops associated with specific projects.

Use this link to register for webinar advanced training http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/continuing-education-webinar-series.html

Ordering Clothing with our ESVA Master Naturalist Logo

You can order any type of clothing that is carried by the Lands End business clothing division.  To do this use the steps listed below:

1.            Enter the following link into your address bar:
               
                https://business.landsend.com/store/esvamasternaturalist

                You MUST use the above link—NOT www.landsend.com in order to reach the logo.

2.          Shop any of the styles/products/colors in the catalog, the way you normally would shop.  When you have chosen your item, you will see a box which says ADD LOGO.  At this time you will be given the opportunity to add our butterfly logo with chapter name for $5.95 to $8.50 extra.  Because you have entered using the above link, Lands End will automatically show you the ESVA logo. You will be able to see howthe logo will appear on your chosen item.   This site includes all types of clothing, as well as promotional items such as bags, mugs, office supplies, etc.

3.          You may also enter Lands End business using the link on the lower right corner (front screen) of the volunteer management system which you use to enter hours.