From its beginning in 1920, the Garden Club of Virginia has directed public attention to conservation issues around the state by establishing Conservation as its first standing committee. Through that committee, the GCV pledged to conserve natural resources, plant trees and deal with pests and pesticides. Today, the Garden Club of Virginia is still leading the way by focusing attention on conservation issues through educational leadership initiatives and legislative involvement.

The GCV Conservation and Environmental Studies Fellowship was established in 2014 to support research in areas relating to the conservation of natural resources and/or environmental studies concerning flora, fauna or community (cultural practices) that directly impact the Commonwealth of Virginia.   Learn more...

Pickett's Harbor Natural Area Preserve is comprised of two tracts fronting on the Chesapeake Bay near Pickett’s Harbor in Northampton County. The protected properties provide permanent protection for a highly threatened coastal natural area supporting rare species and high biological diversity on the Southern Tip of the Eastern Shore. The preserve contains exemplary beach strand and dune communities. The Pickett's Harbor Natural Area Preserve supports a population of the federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle. Behind the active dunes of the bayshore are stable Holocene dune ridges which support maritime scrub and woodlands.   This preserve provides habitats that are critical for migrating birds, particularly songbirds, and for the likelihood of maintaining viable populations of the northeastern beach tiger beetle. Migratory songbird stopover habitats are especially critical because such huge numbers of birds must find places to rest and feed within such small areas, or “bottlenecks,” like the southern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Breaks in suitable habitat such as croplands and lawns create dangerous areas which the songbirds must cross at risk of being preyed upon by raptors that are migrating along with them.   Northeastern beach tiger beetle photo credit Allen Bryan 2006 Northumberland County http://www.visitingnature.com/

 

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