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A bird bander holds a black rail. As recently as 1990, the eastern black rail was a common bird found in marshes along the Chesapeake Bay. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, citing the inundation of nests from more frequent storms and increasingly high tides, has proposed listing the bird as threatened. (Woody Woodrow / USFWS) [View Image]

Scientists raise alarm as North American bird populations plummet

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Climate change, loss of habitat particularly devastating for coastal, meadow and forest species

Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program logo [View Image]

Oyster shell recycling comes to Charlottesville

Thursday, October 31, 2019

If you enjoy oysters and live in the Charlottesville, Virginia area, you now can help return oysters to the Chesapeake Bay.

Greg Garman, Ph.D. [View Image]

VCU Rice Rivers Center Director comments on 2018 State of the James River

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Dr. Greg Garman, director of the VCU Rice Rivers Center, speaks about the health of the James River in the 2019 State of the James press release.

Tpdd Janeski with Jessica Noll and Bill Bevins on Virginia This Morning set [View Image]

Shell-Raiser's Shindig featured on Virginia This Morning

Monday, October 7, 2019

VOSRP Director Todd Janeski sat down with Virginia This Morning hosts Jessica Noll and Bill Bevins to discuss the Annual Shell-Raiser's Shindig on October 20.

David Whalen measures barn owl [View Image]

Barn owl blues

Monday, September 30, 2019

The common barn owl is one of the most widely distributed bird species in the world and occurs throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

AJK foraging on fiddler crab in Aruba [View Image]

Whimbrel AJK returns to Aruba

Monday, September 30, 2019

AJK was captured on 15 August, 2009 while staging on Boxtree Creek along the Delmarva Peninsula in Virginia as part of an investigation of whimbrel migration

three students on rocks in the James River look at the rock pool, while others gather at a rock pool in the distance [View Image]

SOE, Life Sciences awarded $447,000 NOAA grant

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Over 3,300 students to be engaged in meaningful watershed educational experiences

Katherine Studholme scans through staging red knots while surrounded by shorebird [View Image]

CCB team spends fifth spring with red knots along South Atlantic Coast

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

For the fifth spring season, Fletcher Smith led a field team working with red knots along the South Atlantic Coast.

graphic of sturgeon courtesy of Duane Raver/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [View Image]

Sturgeon Moon

Monday, September 16, 2019

VCU River Rivers Center researcher Dr. Matt Balazik is featured in Chesapeake Bay Magazine's story.

A hand holding three baby red-cockaded woodpeckers [View Image]

Hatching rates in Virginia red-cockaded woodpeckers

Friday, September 13, 2019

The red-cockaded woodpecker is federally endangered and the birds in Virginia represent the northernmost population throughout their range.

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