Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Events

April 24, 2019, April 24, 2019 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Location: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, 1500 Remount Road, Front Royal, Virginia

"Rescuing Reptiles in Myanmar — Evaluating and highlighting the successes of Turtle Survival Alliance and Wildlife Conservation Society's Myanmar program with recommendations for the future" 

Speaker: Matt Evans, herpetologist and assistant curator, Smithsonian's National Zoo - Reptile Discovery Center

In Myanmar, turtles and tortoises are rapidly disappearing — the result of poaching and other threats. The good news: all hope is not lost for critically endangered turtles. Rescue facilities across the country, supported by the Turtle Survival Alliance and Wildlife Conservation Society, are working to save these species from extinction. Thanks to a Friends of the National Zoo Round up for Conservation grant, Matt Evans, herpetologist and assistant curator at Smithsonian's National Zoo - Reptile Discovery Center, traveled to these facilities. He brought with him a host of supplies and husbandry expertise to help his colleagues improve the health and welfare of these endangered reptiles so they may be reintroduced back into the wild.

This lecture will take place in the SMSC Dining Hall.

Journey with Smithsonian scientists and other conservation professionals as they travel the globe to study and protect species and ecosystems. Share in their adventures during these free science lecture series. The series is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so arrive early. Lectures take place at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

For more information on this lecture series, click here.


April 30, 2019, April 30, 2019 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Location: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, 1500 Remount Road, Front Royal, Virginia

"The Elephants and Bees Project — Using Honey Bees as a Natural Deterrent for Crop-raiding Elephants" 

Speaker: Dr. Lucy King, head of the elephant-human co-existence program, Save the Elephants

Elephants in Kenya are not confined to national parks and reserves; hence, interactions between farmers and crop-raiding elephants can pose serious social, political, economical and conservation problems. Dr. Lucy King’s research has proved that African elephants are aware about, and will actively avoid, the threat of African honey bees. These behavioral discoveries were groundbreaking, and encouraged her to develop and test a unique application for this behavior through her design of protective Beehive Fences around farmers’ fields with the aim of reducing human-elephant conflict. Beehive Fences have now spread to 17 countries and are not only reducing damaging crop-raids by elephants by as much as 80 percent, but also helping to pollinate fields. Farmers are now harvesting valuable “Elephant-Friendly Honey” as an additional product from their land.

This lecture will take place in the SCBI Auditorium. 

Journey with Smithsonian scientists and other conservation professionals as they travel the globe to study and protect species and ecosystems. Share in their adventures during these free science lecture series. The series is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so arrive early. Lectures take place at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

For more information on this lecture series, click here.


May 01, 2019, May 01, 2019 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Location: Ivy Creek Natural Area, Earlysville Road 1780, Charlottesville, Virginia

This event is hosted by the Monticello Bird Club.

Please join us to learn more about the 2nd Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas (VABBA2) program. You'll hear from Atlas Coordinator, Dr. Ashley Peele, who will present exciting results from their first three years and guidance on how to get involved as an Atlas volunteer.


May 03, 2019, May 03, 2019 12:00 am - May 05, 2019, May 05, 2019 11:59 pm
Location: Mountain Lake Lodge, Hotel Circle 115, Pembroke, Virginia

Hosted by the New River Valley Bird Club.

Register online now for Virginia Society of Ornithology's (VSO) 2019 Annual Meeting! In addition to numerous field trips around nearby birding hotspots, key note speaker Dr. Rebecca Keller, American Bird Conservancy Appalachian Mountain Joint Venture Science Coordinator will speak on From Appalachia to the Tropics-Bridging Gaps for the Birds. VABBA2 Coordinator, Dr. Ashley Peele, will also present exciting results from their first three years and guidance on how to get involved as an Atlas volunteer.

For lodging, schedule, and other information, visit VSO's webpage here.


May 10, 2019, May 10, 2019 12:00 am - May 12, 2019, May 12, 2019 11:59 pm

Get your 2019 Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally tickets here! This event is hosted by the Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC).

Each year, BRDC assemble a wide variety of field trips with leaders who are experts in their field and who are able to make it understandable and interesting for everyone from inquisitive amateurs to accomplished naturalists. There is something for the entire family with field trips Saturday and Sunday, an expert speaker Friday Night, and nighttime programs at the campground. Topics include salamanders, birding, stream ecology, bear safety, fly fishing, cultural history, edible/medicinal plants, general natural history, and much, much more! 

Learn more about the event schedule, speaker, and field trips at BRDC's webpage.


May 28, 2019, May 28, 2019 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Webinar: Managing Oak Forests for Northern Bobwhite Quail

May 28, 2019 2:00 pm US/Eastern

You are invited to participate in a live Webinar sponsored by: National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension, NC State Extension, and Southern Regional Extension Forestry.

Title: Managing Oak Forests for Northern Bobwhite Quail

What will you learn?
The southeastern United States has millions of acres of oak dominated forests that have a closed canopy with limited herbaceous and shrub understory that northern bobwhite require. However, research has demonstrated that with adequate overstory thinning, and the use of frequent prescribed fire, these forests can support populations of Northern Bobwhite Quail, presenting perhaps the best opportunity for large-scale quail restoration in the region. Participants in the webinar will learn about managing oak forests and restoration efforts related to Northern Bobwhite Quail. learn more here...


May 31, 2019, May 31, 2019 12:00 am - June 30, 2019, June 30, 2019 11:59 pm

Come join the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas - Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture who will be hosting a series of Atlas rallies in the most under-surveyed regions of the state. The goal of these events is to provide an opportunity for volunteers to travel to a lesser-known part of the Commonwealth, and to survey a number of priority blocks over the course of the weekend. In other words, to blockbust!  Atlas Coordinator, Dr. Ashley Peele, is partnering with regional coordinators, as well as Chief Rangers at four of VA’s State Parks to host these events.

Registration deadline for all events May 1st!


September 27, 2019, September 27, 2019 12:00 am - September 29, 2019, September 29, 2019 11:59 pm
Location: Holiday Inn Blue Ridge Shadows, 111 Hospitality Drive, Front Royal, Virginia

The 2019 Virginia Native Plant Society Annual Meeting and Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Blue Ridge Shadows in Front Royal, Virginia on September 27 – 29.

More information and registration details will be posted as soon as it is available. 

Stay up-to-date:  https://vnps.org/events/2019-vnps-annual-meeting-and-conference/


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