Our Mission

Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL) is a program of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) that promotes the conservation of native biodiversity and sustainable land use through research, education and community engagement.

About VWL

Learn more about who we are, our program mission and vision.  
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Our Research

Learn about our research and wildlife surveys in Virginia.  
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We have had some exciting new developments in 2015! Each year, our Grassland Biodiversity Survey evolves as we improve our methods and respond to new opportunities. For example, we streamlined our general bee survey this year using a more efficient collection method, and added a new survey to target vulnerable bumble bees. We conducted our second year of winter bird surveys after a successful pilot in 2014. We also continued to work with several partners on Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) monitoring in Virginia and West Virginia.

In 2015, we conducted surveys at 45 sites on 29 different properties in the northern Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont. The survey sites span 13 counties from Augusta and Albemarle to Loudoun and Prince William. Land use at these sites ranges from hay production and pasturing to hunting and recreation (i.e. hiking and horseback riding).    

Individual Reports (PDF)

Reports for individual properties participating in the 2015 Grassland Biodiversity Survey.

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Virginia Working Landscapes
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, Virginia 22630
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