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In 2013, we will continue to have coordinators for each survey to ease data collection, and survey protocols will likely remain the same with the exception of some minor improvements. Bird surveys will likely add surveys in the fall and winter so we will keep you posted on dates and modifications to the breeding season protocol.

We will also aim to survey 24-26 fields this year, keeping the number of sites the same as previous years. However, rather than continuing to survey sites already participating in the surveys, we will work to increase our unique samples by recruiting as many new sites as we can for the 2013 season and set some of our current sites aside for 1-2 seasons.

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 engage 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 contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will assess how your land might fit our survey criteria.

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Virginia Working Landscapes
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
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Front Royal, Virginia 22630
 
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