Audubon Society Offering Nature Workshops

Audubon Society Offering Nature Workshops

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is once again offering a series of Master Naturalist Workshops in the Eastern Panhandle this year.
The workshops, which will consist of three or more hours of expert instruction on a specific natural history topic, will count as elective courses for individuals enrolled in the Society's Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program.
However, the workshops will also be open on a space-available basis to members of the general public who are interested in learning more about certain topics but do not want to commit to a full course of Master Naturalist instruction.
Enrollment for each workshop will be limited to 20 persons.
Applications to enroll in any of the workshops should be submitted no later than two weeks before that workshop's date.
Unless otherwise stated, the cost of attendance for each workshop will be $10 for Master Naturalist Program members and trainees and $15 for PVAS members or members of the public.
Application forms and further information are available on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org.
In all, a total of nine workshops on a variety of topics will be offered at a variety of locations from March through November.
The specific dates, locations and topics of this year's workshops will be as follows:
March 7 at Antietam National Battlefield: Wildfires and Forest Restoration (9am-2pm). A review of the characteristics and dynamics of wildfires, the history of such fires, techniques for fighting them, and the use of fire as a positive tool in woodland management.
March 14 at the National Conservation Training Center: Project Learning Tree (8am-2pm). This workshop will focus on the forest as a window for gaining perspectives on key environmental issues and approaches to solving them.
March 25 at the Morgan County Observatory: Introduction to Astronomy (6:30pm-9:30pm). Learn to read a Star Map, identify constellations, and learn about their mythology. Learn about the life of stars and their composition. Observe the night sky and explore deep space objects with the Observatory's telescope.
May 9 at Cacapon State Park: Using the Global Positioning System (1-5pm). A comprehensive introduction to the history and use of GPS. Each participant will receive a copy of the book GPS Made Easy: Using Global Positioning Systems in the Outdoors.
May 23 at Cacapon State Park: Save Our Streams (9:30am-3pm). A detailed review of the bioassessment approach to monitoring the health of local streams and rivers.
June 6 at Cacapon State Park: Dragonflies 9am-noon). Learn about the natural history of dragonflies in West Virginia, the characteristics of each dragonfly family, and dragonfly behavior.
July 25 at the National Conservation Training Center: Pollinators of Interest to Eco-systems at Risk (1-4pm). A look beyond honeybees to some of the many other pollinators that help keep plant communities regenerating.
August 22 at the National Conservation Training Center: True Bugs: The Piercing and Sucking Insect Group Heteroptera (1-5pm). A review of the general morphology and biology of the insects in this group, which include Stink bugs, Assassin Bugs, Squash Bugs, Water Striders, and Bed Bugs.
November 13-14 at Camp White Rock, Capon Bridge, WV: Leave No Trace (begins at 5pm Nov. 13, includes an overnight stay that evening, and ends at 4pm the next day). Earn credits toward becoming a certified trainer in the Leave No Trace program, which teaches individuals and groups how to reduce their impacts while they enjoy the outdoors. The cost of this workshop will be $25 per person for all participants.
If you have questions, contact PVAS at 304-676-3397 or pvasmail@aol.com.