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Partnerships help a Miniature Catfish Swim Back into Southeastern Waters

A small, minnow-sized catfish tinged with yellow has made an encouraging comeback, taking again to creeks ...
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Virginia Refuge Supports Nesting Sea Turtles

At midnight, a 35-year-old female loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) crawls out of the ocean and onto the beach. Right, left... Read More

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Prehistoric isopod offers insights to Virginia's drinking water

Millions of years ago, a tiny marine creature thrived alongside the dinosaurs. After ocean waters receded from its ... Read More

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Protecting Our Waters: The mussels of Virginia's Clinch and Powell Rivers

"What do we use the river for?" Mike Pinder, a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologist, asked a group of ... Read More

Featured Species in Virginia

Swamp pink , photo credit: Gene Nieminen, USFWS

Swamp pink

Swamp pink is a perennial herb in the lily family. It is known to occur in headwater streams and mountain bogs from New Jersey to Georgia.

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Swamp pink

Photo credit: Gene Nieminen, USFWS

Atlantic Coast piping plover  , Photo credit: USFWS

Atlantic Coast piping plover

The piping plover is a dainty, sand-colored shorebird, distinguished from other small North American plovers by its pale plumage and bright orange legs.

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Atlantic Coast piping plover

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Purple bean , Photo credit: Dick Biggins, USFWS

Purple bean

The purple bean and rough rabbitsfoot currently surviving in only a few river reaches in the upper Tennessee River system in Tennessee and Virginia.

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Purple bean

Photo credit: Dick Biggins, USFWS

Partnership Stories in Virginia

Partnering to Conserve Virginia's Coast, Photo credit: Tim Krynak

Partnering to Conserve Virginia's Coast

A peaceful beach on the serene coast of Virginia holds a rich history as home to generations of families and abundant wildlife. But as Mother Nature changes the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, the homeowners on this beach have struggled to protect their narrowing strips of sand. More »


Unique to Virginia

  • Shenandoah salamander , Photo credit: John White with permission

    The Shenandoah salamander (Plethodon shenandoah) is only found on three mountains in Shenandoah National Park. This amphibian is generally found in woodland areas, and is mostly nocturnal, spending its days under rocks and in crevices. Habitat modifications and forest fragmentation, most likely from timber harvesting, mining and recreational activities are the biggest causes for its decline.

    Photo credit: John White with permission, CalPhotos

  • Virginia round-leaf birch, Photo credit:  Sumalee Hoskin, USFWS

    The Virginia round-leaf birch (Betula uber) was originally discovered in 1918 and not seen again until 1975 when a population of 41 trees was found. The only naturally occurring population of this tree is in Smyth County, Virginia, along the floodplain of Cressy Creek. This single population is threatened by vandalism, collection, and inherent reproduction challenges.

    Photo credit: Sumalee Hoskin, USFWS

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Last updated: February 4, 2014