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Chapter Meetings, Advanced Training and Projects

Chapter Meeting Schedule

September 18, 2019 Chapter Meeting at Eastern Shore Community College, 5:30 pm Meet and Greet, 6:00 pm Meeting. Speaker Chris Hobson, “Dragonflies”

November 20, 2019 Chapter Meeting at Eastern Shore Community College, 5:30 pm Meet and Greet, 6:00 pm Meeting. Speaker Megan Ayers, DCR “Native Pollinators”

January 15, 2020 Chapter Meeting at Eastern Shore Community College, 5:30 pm Meet and Greet, 6:00 pm Meeting. Speaker Speaker Zak Poulton, TNC “Use of Drones in Biological Research”

March 18, 2020 Chapter Meeting at Eastern Shore Community College 5:30 pm Meet and Greet, 6:00 pm Meeting. Speaker TBD

May 13, 2020 Chapter Picnic TBA

July 15, 2020 Chapter Meeting at Eastern Shore Community College, 5:30 pm Meet and Greet, 6:00 pm Meeting. Speaker TBD

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 at Eastern Shore Community College, 5:30 pm Meet and Greet. 6:30 pm Meeting, Speaker TBA

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 2020 Chapter meeting reminder that joining the bird club and participating is a way to get almost all of your advanced training hours.

Sept. 10, 2019 Program:    Bob Schamerhorn: Gardening for Birds and Butterflies  Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.  Learn how to improve your property for a diversity of birds and other wildlife   

Sept. 16, 2019 Field Trip:   Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve, N of ESVNWR, VA Monday, 8:00 a.m.  Explore a variety of habitats to see songbirds, sparrows, shorebirds and waterfowl  Leader:  Maggie Long – 610-500-9971 

Oct. 8, 2019 Field Trip:    Kiptopeke Hawkwatch, Kiptopeke State Park, Cape Charles, VA  Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.  Join Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory to count raptors at peak of annual fall migration  Leader: Maggie Long – 610-500-9971

 Nov. 12, 2019 Program:     Gay Frazee: Eastern Shore Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.  Local work of Wildlife ER and the Wildlife Center of Virginia, including release of eagles

 Jan. 7, 2020 Program:    Alex Wilke/Zak Poulton: Eastern Shore’s Nesting Shorebirds Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.  The Nature Conservancy’s migratory bird team provides update on barrier island birds  

 Jan. 12, 2020 Field Trip:   Saxis Marshes, Wintering Raptors. Meet at end of Hammock Road Sunday, 3:00 p.m.  Leader:  Joanne Laskowski.  410-253-9141

Feb. 4, 2020 Field Trip:    Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands  Tuesday, 8:45 a.m.  Observe winter waterfowl and shorebirds from a rare vantage point on Island 4. Leader:  Victor Klein.  240-529-5424 ($10/Waiver Required/Limit of 15 Participants)

Mar. 10, 2020 Program:    Laurie Jones: Global Warming Effects on Migration Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.  Includes impacts of climate change on Eastern Shore’s migratory birdlife

 Apr. 28, 2020 Field Trip:   TNC Nassawango Preserve, Furnace Town, east of Snow Hill, MD Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.  Identify early spring warblers and migrants of bottomland swamps Leader:  Victor Klein.  240-529-5424

 May 9, 2020 Field Trip:    TNC Nassawango Preserve, Furnace Town, east of Snow Hill, MD Saturday, 8:00 a.m.  Identify spring warblers and migrants of bottomland swamps Leader:  Joanne Laskowski.  410-253-9141

May 12, 2020 Program:   Shirley Devan: Nesting Success of Prothonotary Warblers  Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.  Results of 9 years of monitoring/banding this species of concern in coastal Virginia 

June 13, 2020 Field Trip:   Seaview Farm, 18119 Seaside Road, Cape Charles, VA Saturday, 8:00 a.m.  Identify a variety of songbirds, warblers, marsh birds and more.  Leader:  Maggie Long 610-500-9971 

Aug. 18 Field Trip:  Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Meet at Visitor Center   Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. Bus trip on refuge service road to view 20+ migrating shorebird species in impoundments   Leaders: Hal and Joanne Laskowski. 410-253-9141($10/Limit of 20 Participants)

Advanced Training

Outdoor Festival, September 28, 2020. We can use some help staffing the Master Naturalists exhibit at the Outdoor Festival on Saturday the 28th at Kiptopeake State Park. Contact Natalie Berry You can also enjoy the festival while you are there!

 Under the Sea, Part 3: The Biology and Ecology of Marine Organisms

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.

Instructor: Dr. Edward O. Murdy,

Study of relationships between organisms and physical-chemical-biological factors of the marine environment, from open-ocean to coastal and estuarine ecosystems. Special consideration will be given to the biota of the Chesapeake Bay. In the four classes this Fall, we will be discussing: Ocean realms; earth structures; plate tectonics; Seawater properties; Atmospheric and oceanic circulation; Waves and tides; Biological concepts; Plankton; Nekton (fishes & cephalopods); Nekton (birds, reptiles, mammals); Factors in plankton abundance; Seaweeds, seagrasses, and benthic microorganisms; The diversity of benthic invertebrates (sponges – tunicates); Benthic life habits; Intertidal communities; Seagrass communities; Coral reefs; The deep sea.

This is the third in Dr. Murdy’s lecture series: Under the Sea. Participants do not need to have taken Parts 1 or 2. This series covers material not included in the previous parts of the series.

Four sessions: Fridays, Sept 13 –  Oct 4, time TBA               

At Eastern Shore Community College

Ed Murdy received a B.S. and a M.S. in Biology from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. He has approximately 50 scientific publications including four books, two of which deal with fishes of the Chesapeake Bay.

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.

Webinar Training

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

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:

                You MUST use the above link—NOT 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.