A New Virginia “Birdscape”

December 16, 2020

A savannah sparrow, one of the many threatened grassland dependent bird species found perching at a VWL survey property in Fauquier County, VA. Photo by October Greenfield

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 the year, Virginia’s grasslands are frequented by more than 100 bird species, including breeding and wintering grassland specialists that are in decline. This Birdscape will build on existing collaborations between PEC, ABC, VWL, and other partners to help focus local efforts for research and conservation.

Read more about this new BirdScape and VWL’s research in this Winter’s edition of Bird Conservation Magazine on page 22 here!

This project is supported by The Volgenau Foundation

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