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 […]

Winter Finch Invasion Update!

Above: A male Evening Grosbeak feeds on boxelder seeds along the James River in southern Albemarle County, VA. Drew Chaney December 4th, 2020 This fall/winter has been bountiful for birders so far, as the east has seen a major irruption of boreal birds, with large numbers of Red-breasted Nuthatches, Purple Finches and Pine Siskins reaching […]

CUH Spotted Salamander Conservation effort

2 spotted salamanders crossing Polo Grounds Road in Charlottesville, Virginia

By Devin Floyd 12/3/2020 We are so excited to be featured on the nationally syndicated show, “Untamed”, featuring the wonders of salamanders, and the threats they face. The focal point will be the spotted salamander, and a conservation success story at a salamander migration site in Central Virginia. Here’s the story that will frame the […]

Late Autumn Prairie

View of Piedmont Prairie

By Devin Floyd 12/1/2020 The video relays a simple glimpse of the beauty of a Piedmont grassland in the dormant season. The footage was captured recently by one of our volunteers and supporters (Bill Sykes). The view is dominated by the characteristic indicator species of high quality grasslands, including little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and early […]