Winter Update 2021 –Design + Restoration Department

Heliopsis helianthoides seedheads in the snow. Photo credit: Devin Floyd February 23, 2021 In December and January, above ground plant growth is on pause and seeds are biding their time before they break dormancy and expose tender leaves to the sun. Those who tend the ground must use this calm and quiet time to rest […]

Winter Update 2021 – Biological Field Station

The dangling fruit of Celtis occidentalis (common hackberry) provides an extended offering of nutrient-rich food for birds even during the middle of winter. February 22, 2021 It’s been an unusually wet and icy winter thus far in the Central Virginia Piedmont, and we have been focused on writing, research, planning, and preparation for the coming […]

The Importance of Native Bees

Above: Metallic bee species, Agapostemon sp., by Emily Luebke by Rachel FloydJanuary 26, 2021 Bees have been media darlings for years now making hobby beekeeping, “bee-friendly” flower gardens, and decorative bee houses trendy additions to thousands of backyard landscapes. It seems simple enough and we all like supporting a good cause, but the truth is, […]

Question: What are the top 5 things you would like to see changed in Charlottesville/Albemarle that would make our community better? (Part 4 of 5)

Above: Unplanted, high-quality Piedmont prairie view, Fluvanna County. Image by D. Floyd, at one of CUH’s 2021 grassland research sites. Protect what is left of Indigenous Grassland Habitats By Devin FloydJanuary 25, 2021 Despite the indoctrination most of us received, towering dark forests are not natural in much of the Piedmont. Ecologists now understand that […]

Schizophyllum commune (Split-gill Mushroom)

Schizophyllum commune (split-gill mushroom) from above

January 14th, 2021 By Rachel Floyd, CUH Design+Restoration Project Manager I am less than fond of cold weather and would prefer to migrate or hibernate through the winter, but my partner finds chill air and snow invigorating and occasionally brings home interesting souvenirs from his wintertime forays. My current favorite is a small fallen branch […]

Report from the Design + Restoration Department

Above: Part of the CUH landscape restoration crew at Brumfield Elementary School in Northern Virginia. From left to right, field techs Julia, Ashley, Maren, Lance, and Jessie. Image by Rachel Floyd. The 2020 Roundup What a year! 2020 was a year of cultural upheaval, and this presented many challenges. We have emerged the stronger for […]

Report from the Field Station

Above: Part of the CUH survey crew at a survey site near Montebello, Virginia. Crew members, left to right, Devin, Jessie, Olivia, Emily, Ashley, and Ezra.  Image by the client, Anna Lane. What have we been up to in 2020? It’s been a challenging year for all of us, but we are happy to report […]