Get a glimpse into a day in the life of Virginia Working Landscape scientists! This update was written by Virginia Working Landscapes intern Kelsey Schoenemann and outreach coordinator Charlotte Lorick.
Who we are
Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL) is a program of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) based out of Front Royal, VA. We partner with a regional network of organizations, landowners, and citizen scientists in order to conduct innovative research on Virginia's native plants and wildlife and to inspire conservation action in our community. Our focal area currently covers a 16-county region surrounding the Shenandoah National Park, although we are always looking for ways to expand our reach.
Every year, we team up with SCBI scientists, graduate students, interns and citizen scientists to conduct biodiversity research in "working landscapes" (i.e., areas actively used for agriculture or forestry). This work is critically needed to help us understand the factors that affect Virginia's native biodiversity and also to develop the best land management practices that will benefit people and wildlife.