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Our meeting this month features a special program on "The Osprey in Hampton Roads" presented by Reese F. Luke, Jr., Volunteer Research Associate, The Center for Conservation Biology, College of William & Mary. This presentation about the Osprey in South side Hampton Roads will provide an opportunity to learn about their habits, where to look for them, what they feed upon, when they are here, population and production data and problems they encounter living in our environment. Included are details about the new Osprey-Watch.org project by the Center for Conservation Biology. Mr. Luke has over 40 years experience in trapping and banding raptors in Hampton Roads. He is licensed by federal and state agencies, and he has banded over 15,000 raptors including more than 800 Osprey. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Crew leader is Jim Newman. You need to contact Jim directly at [masked] to sign up; feel free to show your rsvp here afterwards. Approximately 12 people needed to walk our section of A.T. & Mau-Har Trail to document maintenance needs. Base camp at Sherando CCC Kitchen area. Most will want to arrive Friday. Free camping. Bring your own food & items necessary for camping.
To sign up or for more information, contact Jim Newman at [masked]. This is a weekend for us to do what the club was set up to do! We’ll maintain our assigned section of the Appalachian Trail, the Mau-Har Trail, the White Rocks Trails, plus more! Come out to our base camp at Sherando Lake Recreation Area - US Forest Service Campground on Friday as early as noon; set up your tent at the Williams Branch Picnic Area, keeping in mind that the gate is locked at 10PM and opens on Saturday morning at 6AM. Crew signup sheets available Friday; Saturday organizational meeting at 7:45AM. The club provides dinner Saturday night (6 PM) but please bring your own plate, utensils, cup, napkins and take them back with you to clean at home. 70-90 volunteers are needed, and we need a head count to plan for dinner. If desired, you may continue to camp at Williams Branch Sunday night. We are reminded from our trail supervisors of 10 Essential items for participants: (1) supportive ankle-high boots (2) leather gloves (3) jacket for warmth (4) rain jacket (5) sun hat/cap (6) long-sleeve shirt (7) long pants (8) lunch & snacks (6) 1-2 quarts of water (9) day pack to contain everything (10) hard hat & safety glasses, when necessary, are provided by TATC. Reminder: Trail maintenance is not a dog friendly activity!
Guests are always welcome, so join us for our monthly meeting and see what we’re all about. This is a great opportunity to socialize, network and just plain have some fun with folks who love to work and play in the outdoors. You don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings or events so no worries. Many join the club as a way of “giving back” in one form or another and we hope you’ll be a part of that too. The work we do on the Appalachian Trail and many other trails in the Hampton Roads area comes from a heartfelt desire to be good caretakers of nature. Even if you’re not able to physically work the trail, your membership helps to purchase tools and other necessities for this non-profit club to operate. Our club also has a cabin on the Blue Ridge Parkway which is open for rent by club members so that’s another great reason to join. See you there! Rosanne Cary, [masked].