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Restoring Migratory Bird Habitat Along Virginia's Eastern Shore

The Nature Conservancy in Virginia

Volunteers from Virginia Master Naturalists and AmeriCorps, with VA Natural Heritage staff, take a break from the migratory bird habitat restoration at Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve.

A Virginia Master Naturalist volunteer plants a southern wax myrtle shrub. Restoring this habitat will help millions of birds find the rest and food they need for their long migration.

All work and no play? Not today! Volunteers collect empty nursery pots while having a little fun.

This aerial view shows the restoration area at Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve.

Locally grown, native, southern wax myrtles are ready for planting.

Another Virginia Master Naturalist volunteer hard at work! Most of the work involves planting and protecting fruit-bearing shrubs and deciduous trees and returning agricultural fields to former natural conditions.

An AmeriCorps volunteer plants a southern wax myrtle. The trees and shrubs will help filter surface water of sediment, fertilizers and excess nutrients and increase the recharging of groundwater supplies.

A tree planting contractor uses some muscle to plant a native willow oak seedling.

Next step: a tree planting contractor places a tree shelter on an oak seedling.

Tree planters install tree shelters and weed mats on a habitat restoration project near Parksley, Virginia.

Workers plant native trees and shrubs with shelters at a habitat restoration project near Eastville, Virginia.

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