Landowner Reports

VWL's Biodiversity Survey capacity and methods continued to grow and improve in 2016. Along with our established grassland bird, pollinator, and plant surveys, we also began mammal and invasive plant surveys at selected sites this year. The mammal surveys were made possible through collaboration with eMammal, a wildlife image program run by the Smithsonian Institution designed to study the effects of human activity on mammal distributions. Invasive plant surveys were conducted at sites with large forest patches and data collected will be used for the Changing Landscapes Initiative project.

In 2016 we conducted surveys on 57 total properties spanning 14 counties. In grasslands, we conducted a total of 420 plant surveys, 68 bumblebee surveys, 252 breeding bird point counts, and 162 winter bird line transects. We also conducted 210 invasive plant transect surveys in forests, 8 salamander stream surveys, and set up 55 camera deployments for mammal surveys.


Individual Reports (PDF)


Survey type legend:

 Mammal Survey   Breeding and/or Winter Bird Survey 

 Bumble Bee Survey   Plant Survey   Invasive Plant Survey  


Reports for individual properties participating in the 2016 Biodiversity Survey:

Attention Landowners!

Oxbow Farm
Oxbow Farm - photo by Amy Johnson

We are seeking landowners as far south as Albemarle County to as far north as Frederick County 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.

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Citizen Scientist
Photo by Amy Johnson

Every Spring, Virginia Working Landscapes recruits citizen scientists to assist with plant, bird and pollinator surveys across the Piedmont of northern Virginia, from Frederick to Albemarle County for spring and summer.

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