Join Mary Turnbull at 9 a.m. as she leads a tour through her wooded property, featuring 84 identified native plant species, 40 of which were present before the house was constructed. Alternate-leaf dogwood is not often found in this area, and is native to the site. The terrain is somewhat hilly, but alternate paths are available. Location: 109 Woodmere Drive, Williamsburg (in The Woods subdivision, off Jamestown Road in Williamsburg).
Refreshments will be served after the walk. Space is limited, so please register by calling 757-810-8382 or by emailing Mary Turnbull at firstname.lastname@example.org. Free, open to public.
Living in Williamsburg and its impact on natural environment
Learn more about the impact of a Williamsburg-area lifestyle on the natural environment during a presentation at New Quarter Park by Dr. Matthias Leu, Applied Conservation and Ecological Researcher, College of William and Mary. The free program will be held 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 25, according to a news release.
New Quarter Park is one of several locations in the area where Dr. Matthias Leu and his students are collecting data on species diversity. They use scientific models and sampling techniques to collect data that will show how human structures like highways and buildings impact ecological systems. Leu has used similar models to aid conservation efforts in other parts of the country in the past. Data collected here is being entered into a years-long database that is painting a picture of the region’s diversity. The data help scientists understand ecological system characteristics, leading to their hypotheses on the impact of urbanization.
At New Quarter Park, Leu and his students have been surveying six plots for birds, deer, butterflies, and vegetation. Come find out what he’s learning about diversity at New Quarter and walk with him over portions of the plots. Hear how New Quarter compares to the region and ask about his hypotheses.
New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood, which is just off the Colonial Parkway. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3500.