Laughing Falcons team wins 2022 Kiptopeke Challenge
Pictured above: The woodcock sculpture trophy won by the Laughing Falcons team (Bob Ake, Andrew Baldelli, and David Clark) for totaling the highest species count in the 24-hour category during this year's Kiptopeke Challenge. The team recorded 114 species for the day. For a recap of the day and a full species list, click here.
Tidewater Master Naturalists Basic Training Class
Of possible interest to some of you: The Tidewater Master Naturalists are accepting applications for their 2023 training class. Their mission is “to develop a well-informed corps of volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within local communities for the Commonwealth of Virginia”. The class involves 40 hours of basic training, including classroom activities and field trips to nearby natural areas, such as national wildlife refuges, state parks, city gardens, and small wetlands. To become fully certified, Master Naturalists participate in continuing education opportunities and volunteer at least 40 hours per year working on projects such as Environmental Education, Citizen Science (including eBird), and Stewardship. Learn more at https://tidewatermn.org/