Endangered Species Program
Conserving the Nature of America

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Produced by: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Region 5
Partners: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Region 5, Bavon Beach Homeowners Association, Mathews County, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and several interested corporate partners


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. Here at Bavon Beach, the northeastern beach tiger beetle, a federally threatened insect, has become the root to the solution to save this shore.

Part 2 of a 7 part video series. This series of videos gives background to a project in Mathews County, Virginia, where a group of partners are working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore and protect the beach for landowners and a threatened tiger beetle.

(Part 1) Partnering to Conserve Virginia's Coast
(Part 3) Bavon Beach series: Coastal Change in Virginia
(Part 4) Bavon Beach series: Protecting Endangered Species
(Part 5) Bavon Beach series: The Nature Conservancy
(Part 6) Bavon Beach series: A Model for Mathews County
(Part 7) Bavon Beach series: The Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle

Last updated: November 3, 2011