Our ongoing grassland research is conducted as far south as Albemarle County to the north in Frederick County. We are seeking landowners in this area who have at least 20 contiguous acres of native warm season grasses and are willing to have their land surveyed for native plants and wildlife. For landowners with at least 20 contiguous acres of cool season grasses (fescue, orchard grass, and others) that alter management practices for improved biodiversity (or plan to in the near future), we would also like to sample your property. This research will help us to measure the effects of grassland conservation efforts in our region.
If your property is selected, three different biological survey teams will visit your site 1-4 times each to study bird, pollinator and species. Sampling occurs each year mid-May thru June and again mid July thru August. During these times, the study sites cannot be mowed, grazed or physically altered, as these actions would interfere with sampling results.
If you are interested in having your property surveyed please fill out the information below, and we will assess how your land will fit our survey criteria.