Dr. Mary Vermeulen, Dr. John Downey, Ms. YuLee R. Larner
One of the best parts about my job as President of Blue Ridge Community College is the opportunity I have to meet with members of the local community who support the work we do in a variety of ways. Today I had the good fortune to meet with Dr. Mary Vermeulen and Ms. YuLee R. Larner from the Augusta Bird Club.
The Augusta Bird Club has recently printed the third edition of their book entitled “The Birds of Augusta County.” The club members have graciously donated two copies of the book to school libraries throughout Augusta County, including our library at Blue Ridge Community College.
The book contains a wealth of information about the 292 species of birds that have been sighted within the borders of Augusta County. The book also documents the “extreme dates” that the various species have been spotted in the county: the earliest date in any year the birds were seen, and the latest day in a year that the species was seen. For example, the book documents that the earliest sighting of a Purple Martin in the county was on March 10 (2007), and the latest sighting ever in a year was on September 25th (1972). Bird club members are routinely encouraged to “break the book” by documenting earlier and later sightings of any of the 292 species that the book describes.
I had such a wonderful time meeting the Augusta Bird club members! Joining me in welcoming them to the College was Mr. Lloyd Meadows, the Interim Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, and Ms. Connie Medaris, our College Librarian.
On behalf of the faculty and students of Blue Ridge Community College, I want to extend our deep appreciation to the Augusta Bird Club for your kindness in donating these books to our library!