Restoring Wildlife Habitat

Whether you live in urban, suburban or rural areas, you can make a positive impact on native plants and wildlife. Help us boost biodiversity, productivity and environmental quality across the Piedmont.


a white and gray bird looks forward, clung to a tree

Winter Birding Opportunities

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A white-breasted nuthach. Credit October Greenfield Wondering how you can get involved in bird conservation this winter? Community science is a great way to stay active, contribute to science and learn more about local ecology. Check out these birding community ...
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green leafy, thorny vines climbing a tree

Greenbrier – Friend or Foe?

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Credit: Hallie Harriman/PEC Thorny, twisting, catching, sharp. These words, and other more colorful ones, are often used to describe common greenbrier (Smilax rotundifolia), a familiar early successional and understory plant. During my outdoor walks, I typically see greenbrier climbing along ...
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Your Support is Doubled for Giving Tuesday

Your Support is Doubled for Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday is a global movement dedicated to giving back to organizations and causes you care about. Today on November 30, your donation will go twice as far thanks to the generosity of a longtime supporter who is offering a ...
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Rural Crescent Under Threat in Prince William County

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Credit: Noah Regan The rural area of Prince William County, also known as the “Rural Crescent,” is under threat. Three different proposals are being considered, each unique in scope, but together represent the urbanization and industrialization of the remaining rural ...
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Fall’s Favorite Fruit: Persimmon

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A persimmon tree full of fruit. Credit: Hugh Kenny/PEC While walking outside this afternoon, I noticed the tree branches along my fence row were uncharacteristically low. A quick walk over revealed that our persimmon trees are producing fruit, and a ...
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