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A flock of ten white and tan birds with long, thin beaks in flight.
Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus): The Nature Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve is a globally important stopover site for these and other migratory birds. © Barry Truitt/TNC

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Latest News

  • On The Edge of Retreat

    Washington Post | November 28, 2022

    An Eastern Shore community left their homes on Hog Island in the 1930s to escape storms and rising seas. A new generation is now grappling with many of the same threats faced by their parents and grandparents. Volgenau Virginia Coast Reserve Program Director Jill Bieri is quoted in this multimedia feature examining the challenges faced by an Eastern Shore community grappling with climate change.

  • Department of Forestry Creates 200th Conservation Easement in Virginia

    Augusta Free Press | November 5, 2022

    The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) has announced the creation of its 200th conservation easement in the Commonwealth of Virginia with the addition of the 1,428-acre property in Wise County known as Pine Mountain.

    DOF collaborated with The Nature Conservancy to help conserve more than 1,400 acres of managed forests and four miles of headwater streams. TNC identifies Pine Mountain as an essential forested corridor for wildlife movement in the Central Appalachians. 

  • Virginia Brewery Uses Eastern Shore Eelgrass in Conservation-Themed Brew

    WHRO Public Media | October 4, 2022

    Jon Warner, lab director and co-owner of Richmond’s Väsen Brewing Company joined Volgenau Virginia Coast Reserve (VVCR) staff in the seaside bays of Virginia’s Eastern Shore to grab the underwater plants for a conservation-themed brew.

    Named Barrier Islands Gose, it’s one of four beers nonprofit The Nature Conservancy launched over the weekend as part of what they call the OktoberForest Virginia Collection.

  • Restoring America's Oyster Population

    NBC News Films | September 23, 2022

    Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Program Director Andy Lacatell is featured in this short video discussing the causes of oyster population declines and the impact that large-scale reef restoration and oyster aquaculture can have in rebuilding this vital resource.

  • Study in Coastal Virginia Sheds Light on the Success of Oyster Restoration

    The Cavalier Daily | September 23, 2022

    Volgenau Virginia Coast Reserve Program Director Jill Bieri and TNC Coastal Scientist Bo Lusk are quoted in this article highlighting a recent study that shows oyster reefs can mitigate the impacts of rising sea levels on rural coastal communities. Bo Lusk is a co-author of the study that draws from 15 years of survey data collected from TNC restoration sites.

  • Are There Better Places to Put Large Solar Farms Than These Forests?

    The New York Times | September 21, 2022

    With the recent and rapid development of utility-scale solar in Virginia, the commonwealth appears as a case study in this article examining how solar's potential impacts on forests and farmland are playing out on the ground, in addition to possible ways to balance the need for renewable energy with other environmental and conservation priorities. Virginia's Senior Conservation Scientist Judy Dunscomb is quoted heavily in the article. The solar projects that Virginia's Clinch Valley Program Director Brad Kreps oversees in Southwest Virginia are mentioned as an example of how to do this work right.    

  • Will Offshore Wind Farms Block Migrating Birds? Researchers are Trying to Find Out

    WHRO Public Media | September 19, 2022

    WHRO reporter Katherine Hafner joins TNC Coastal Scientist Alex Wilke and Bryan Watts, founder of William & Mary’s Center for Conservation Biology, to learn more about the migrating birds that call the Volgenau Virginia Coast Reserve home. TNC and CCB are studying how these birds could be impacted by Dominion Energy’s offshore wind farm.

  • Podcast: Saving America's Wildlife Will Take More Than National Parks

    KERA | Think | September 15, 2022

    Journalist Emma Maris talks about what it will take to preserve nature in the U.S., requiring businesses and conservationists to better understand one another’s needs. Her article, "America the Beautiful: New Ideas for Protecting Land, Water and Wildlife," appears in the October 2022 issue of National Geographic Magazine and highlights TNC's Cumberland Forest project. 

  • Podcast: Swimming in Blue Carbon

    We're Here | September 3, 2022

    In late May, We're Here podcast hosts Abi Newhouse and Melissa Wade joined TNC scientists and volunteers to collect eelgrass seeds in Virginia’s coastal bays. The resulting episode dives into the topic of carbon markets, particularly blue carbon markets. Bo Lusk, TNC coastal scientist, is featured extensively in the hour-long episode.

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