Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
Certified Gold through 2023
Forest Management Areas
Cavity Nesting Birds
Virginia Native Bats
About the Program
The BASF Williamsburg Site is located in Williamsburg, Virginia, across the James River from the Hog Island Wildlife Management Area and includes wetland, waterways, forest and grassland meadows. The site is located in an area that has experienced dramatic urbanization during recent decades resulting in marked declines in available habitat for wildlife species across all taxa. To help address this issue the team manages a multitude of habitat types in an effort to provide suitable habitat for songbirds, waterfowl, amphibians, turtles and bats.
Practices and Impacts
- The site has 4 multi-cavity nesting structures targeting Purple Martins. One martin house was removed in 2019 and 2 martin houses were installed in 2019. 12 single cavity wooden nest boxes are installed at the site for all other target species.
- The Team monitors nest houses throughout the nesting season (May through July). If predation of young is observed, corrective active is taken. An endoscope camera is used to monitor the presence or absence of birds within each of the nesting cavities for nest boxes at an out of reach height. Photographs are taken during in depth monitoring dates.
- 32 bat houses were installed on the site. The team implements 2 monitoring events per year during breeding season in May to July. Bat houses are monitored on sunny days using mirrors to view inside the boxes. If bats are observed, an endoscope is used to photo document the occupants and identify the species. Echolocation surveys are conducted on the site to document species in the area.
- The team installed a nesting platform for an osprey pair to replace the natural nesting site that was destroyed during a storm event. Since the platform was installed in 2017, The Team has observed osprey use and nesting of the platform for the past 3 years.
- 350 acres of forested habitat is managed in a coordinated effort with surrounding landowners to benefit native species.
- The team transformed a low species diversity cool season grassland into 12 acres of a thriving species rich pollinator meadow to support pollinators with a special emphasis on native bees. Twenty pollinators have been identified during monitoring. Most frequently observed species are bumble bees, carpenter bees a variety of butterflies and dragonflies. The Team implemented a one-time herbicide treatment for invasive plants and conducts rotational mowing of the meadow.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE WHC INDEX IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY