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Chapter Meetings, Advanced Training and Projects

Chapter Meeting Schedule

March 20, 2019  Chapter Meeting at Eastern Shore Community College, 5:30 pm Meet and Greet, 6:00 pm Meeting

May 15, 2019 Chapter Annual Picnic at Mutton Hunk Fen

July 17, 2019 Chapter Meeting at Eastern Shore Community College, 5:30 pm Meet and Greet, 6:00 pm Meeting

September 18, 2019 Chapter Meeting at Eastern Shore Community College, 5:30 pm Meet and Greet, 6:00 pm Meeting

November 20, 2019 Chapter Meeting at Eastern Shore Community College, 5:30 pm Meet and Greet, 6:00 pm Meeting

A reminder that joining the bird club and participating is a way to get almost all of your advanced training hours.

Programs meet at 7:30 p.m. at The Hermitage in Onancock (directions below) Pre-program dinner/social at 5:30 p.m. at Bizzotto’s Gallery-Cafe in Onancock.

Make reservations with Thor Gormley, 757-377-3513 Field Trips Contact leader for reservations, details and specific directions.

Directions to The Hermitage
Meetings are held at “THE HERMITAGE, 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.

February 16, 2019 Field Trip

Tentative: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands, Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
Observe winter waterfowl and shorebirds from a rare vantage point
Leader: Victor Klein. 757-665-4598

February 23 2019, Heritage Festival at Eastern Shore Community College

Needed volunteers 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to tend display table. Call Meg Rose-Jensen (

March 12, 2019  Program

Tentative: Maureen Eiger: Beyond Birdwatching – Wild Bird Rehab Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.State and federally permitted migratory bird rehabilitator shares rewards and pitfalls

April 22, 2019 Field Trip

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Suffolk, VA Monday, 8:00 a.m.
Target birds include Swainson’s, Wayne’s, Hooded, Kentucky warblers and more
Leader: Hal and Joanne Laskowski. 410-253-9141

May 7, 2019 Field Trip

TNC Nassawango Preserve, Furnacetown, MD, Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.
Identify spring warblers and migrants of bottomland swamps
Leader: Victor Klein. 757-665-4598

May 14, 2019 Program TBA

local speaker
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Description: TBA

Week of May 19, 2019 Trip

Craney Island Dredged Material Management Area, Portsmouth, VA, TBA, 8:00 a.m.
Identify migrating and resident shorebirds. Specific details to follow.
Leader: Hal and Joanne Laskowski. 410-253-9141

Instructions for Accessing the Volunteer Management System

If you have questions about the Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer Management System please contact the chapter’s timekeeper:
Sharon Renshaw
856 524-6586.

Your personal data has been entered into the Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer Management System.  After your final training class you will receive an automated email from Sharon Renshaw providing access to this system.  The message will contain a link which allows you to log on to the Volunteer Management System.  The link only works once!

Click on the link and you will see the home page of the Eastern Shore Chapter’s section of the Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer Management System where you will enter and track your volunteer and advanced training hours.

  1. The very first action you should take is to look under “Your Information” in the upper left corner of the page.
  2. Choose  “Edit Your Profile
  3. Scroll down to the box that says “Change Password.”  Choose and enter a password.
  4. Be sure to click onSAVE INFORMATION” at the bottom of this page.

From that point on, you will be able to enter the system with the following address: .
Username: your email address
Password:  the password which you have just chosen.

You will not receive or use the initial invitation again.  If, in the future, you have problems with your password contact Sharon Renshaw.  I will send another automated email message to you.  Follow the same steps.

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.

Using the Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer Management System (VMN-VMS)

To enter the system:

    Enter your email address
    Enter your password
  2. To Enter Volunteer Hours.
  • Under “Your Information” on the left side of the home screen, choose “Add New Hours.”
  • In the top box of the next screen, enter a description for your volunteer event (e.g. cleaned the shoreline at Savage Neck Dunes NAP )
  • Enter the date.
  • Next choose the official title from the approved volunteer projects listed in the drop-down box. This includes administration, citizen science, educational programs and stewardship. Administration (A-1) is only used for chapter administration.
  • Enter the number of volunteer hours. This includes activity time and travel time combined.
  • There is also a field for entering your miles driven. In 2017 you could use miles driven for a federal tax deduction for volunteer activitie.  There may be changes in 2018 deductions.
  • The “Population Served” section should be completed any time you have had a face-to-face interaction with the public.
  • VERY IMPORTANT –SAVE your information using the Save Hours button at the bottom of the page.
  1. To Enter Advanced Training Hours
  • Advanced Training is used when you receive the education/training from someone else.
  • Choose  “Add New “ from the upper left corner of the screen.
  • Enter a description of the class or training which you attended.
  • Enter the date.
  • Choose the official title of A-2 Advanced Training”
  • Enter the hours in the Continuing Education box—not volunteer hours.
  • Do not add travel time for advanced training.
  • Do not fill in the population served section.
  • SAVE your information at the bottom of the page.
  1. To correct or delete hours which you have already entered.
  • Choose “ View Your Hours” from the upper left corner of the home screen.
  • Click on the entry which you wish to change.
  • Make any changes which you need to make.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen and
  • To delete an activity, choose the activity, scroll to the bottom of the screen and choose DELETE.
  1. To update your personal information.
  • Use Update Profile when you need to change personal information or want to change your pass word.  SAVE

GENERAL INFORMATION at the bottom left hand corner of the screen

  • Use Chapter Roster find contact information for chapter members
  • Use the Projects link to see the complete list of approved projects and to find details about the projects.

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