Conservation

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 Garden Club of Virginia’s inaugural Conservation and Environmental Studies Fellowship for 2015 was awarded to Nikki Andresen (center), a senior Virginia Commonwealth University. Nikki will work to define the rhizosphere metagenome of the pitcher plant, Sarracenia flava, to aid conservation efforts. Celebrating with Nikki are: Alexandra Thomas, Dolley Madison Garden Club; Bonnie Brown, Professor of Biology, VCU; GCV President Jeanette Cadwallender; and Tuckie Westfall, GCV Conservation Chairman.

 

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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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