These simple guides and quick-reference resources are great if you’re just getting started, or want to learn more about creating wildlife habitat, controlling invasive species, or finding local businesses that promote native biodiversity.
This guide includes tips and a checklist of illustrated bird species that are the current focus of VWL’s conservation efforts. These birds are solely dependent on shrub and grassland ecosystems.
This pamphlet highlights the current efforts to understand and reverse the decline of Loggerhead Shrikes in Virginia.
This reference highlights 10 quick tips on how you can help wildlife survive winter in your own backyard.
This guide is intended for landowners who are interested in helping grassland birds and have some flexibility in their management approaches. Even just choosing to implement one of the recommended practices will have a positive impact.
Watch VWL Program Director Dr. Amy Johnson’s TEDx Talk about how Virginia landowners and conservation scientists are working together to help reverse declines and bring birds back.
This handout provides landowners who are interested in establishing a native meadow on their property with helpful tips and resources.
This is a comprehensive list of species that we recommend for use in native meadow plantings in the 16-county region surrounding Shenandoah National Park.
This pamphlet provides tips on how to protect natural and semi-natural grasslands, and presents an overview of 10 native grassland plants in Northern Virginia.
The Native Plant Highlights are weekly posts written by our VWL team and contributors that focus on native species ranging from common to rare, found from forest to field to backyard right here in Virginia.
Watch Conservationist and Naturalist Charlotte Lorick’s TEDx talk about how paying closer attention to plants in our local environment can lead to profound ecological benefits.
This pamphlet provides tips on how to promote native bumblebee populations, and presents detailed photos of 11 bumblebee species found throughout Virginia.
Helpful tips and references from other agencies and organizations about planting native plants, controlling invasive species, creating wildlife habitat, prescribed burn management, and technical and financial assistance for landowners interested in conservation best practices.
Invasive species provide limited food and habitat for wildlife species. These species also frequently create monocultures by outcompeting valuable native plant species.
References and guidance on how to manage your land for native wildlife. Roughly 80 percent of the world’s plant species require wildlife assisted pollination. Landowners can help through supporting and planting native plant species, which are beneficial to pollinators.
Prescribed burns are an ideal management tool for keeping grasslands and old fields in early successional states. These early successional states provide the right mixture of plant species diversity and plant density to support many grassland wildlife species such as quail and sparrow species.
Numerous conservation programs offer cost-shares and/or incentives to promote the planting of native warm-season grasses. Review the resources below for available programs and offerings.
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