2022 Webinar | Conserving Endangered Plants with Scientific Collections

Thank you for joining us on April 28, 2022 for the webinar: “Conserving Endangered Plants with Scientific Collections” with guest speaker Gary Krupnick, Ph.D., Head of the Plant Conservation Unit in Dept. of Botany at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Museum scientific collections are remarkable and irreplaceable sources of information about biodiversity and the history of life on Earth, […]

What’s in Bloom | Yellow Trout Lily

What’s in Bloom | Yellow Trout Lily

April 11, 2022 Yellow trout lily (Erythronium americanum) is among the many early-blooming spring ephemerals found in moist deciduous forests and woodlands across the Eastern US. The flower can be found blooming in April and May in most counties of Virginia and is relatively common in the mountains and Piedmont, though less common in the Coastal Plain. The plant is […]

2022 Webinar | Plight of the Pollinator: Conservation Threats and the Natural History of Virginia’s Native Bees

Thank you to those of you who attended this webinar on April 7, 2022. Featured speakers Celia Vuocolo, Private Lands Biologist with Quail Forever and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Sam Droege, Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey presented about the conservation threats and natural history of Virginia’s native bees, and what you can do to support them. […]

2022 Webinar | VWL Annual Meeting

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Virtual Annual Meeting. It was wonderful to see so many familiar and new faces and to share updates about our latest programs and research projects. For anyone interested in watching again or for those of you who were not able to join us, you can watch the recording at the link […]

What’s in Bloom | Spring Beauty

What’s in Bloom | Spring Beauty

March 9, 2022 Virginia spring beauty (Claytonia virginica) is a small perennial herb beloved for its attractive, pink-striped white flowers. It grows in rich, moist forest soils and blooms from March to May, produces its seed capsules, and then disappears until spring comes again. There is another Claytonia species native to Virginia, Carolina spring beauty or Broad-leaved spring beauty (C. caroliniana), […]

What’s in Bloom | Eastern Skunk Cabbage

February 14, 2022 Eastern skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is a perennial rhizomatous herb native to Virginia and found throughout most of the state. Both its common name and scientific names harken to the fact that this plant exudes a foul skunk-like odor. The species name foetidus is derived from Latin roots meaning “to stink” or “offensive odor.” This odor has […]