VWL Annual Meeting 2021

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 […]

American Mistletoe

American Mistletoe

February 8, 2021 American mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum), also called eastern or oak mistletoe, is a parasitic shrub that grows on the branches and trunks of trees across Virginia. It is most commonly found on oaks, red maples, and gum trees and is most abundant in the swampy forests of Virginia’s Coastal Plain.  Mistletoe is a hemiparasite, meaning the it both produces its own sugars using photosynthesis and […]

Seeking Properties with River Access for Smithsonian Study

VWL partners from the Smithsonian Working Land and Seascapes program are seeking access to properties with a stream or branch that connects to, or is on, the Rappahannock or Rapidan Rivers. They aim to place temperature loggers at various locations throughout the watershed from February to May 2021 in an effort to learn more about how water temperatures are impacting […]

Winterberry Holly

Winterberry Holly

January 11, 2021 Winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) and deciduous holly or possumhaw (Ilex decidua) are both shrub holly species that are deciduous (drop their leaves in the winter). Their fruit are ripe now and they will retain the fruit through the winter until birds and small mammals eat them. Winterberry occurs throughout Virginia and the eastern United States from Maine […]

A New Virginia “Birdscape”

December 16, 2020 Over the last several months, Virginia Working Landscapes has been working with colleagues at the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and American Bird Conservancy (ABC) to designate the VWL survey region as an official ABC “BirdScape”. A BirdScape defines a focal area for conservation efforts, where partners can work together to address the issues affecting declining bird populations. Throughout […]

Spotted Wintergreen

Spotted Wintergreen

December 9, 2020 Spotted wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata), also called striped wintergreen, is a member of the heath family and is native throughout all of Virginia. According to The Flora of Virginia, it is a commonly found perennial plant that grows in mesic to dry, acidic forests and woodlands. The whorled leaves of this low-growing evergreen can be seen year round […]