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Conservation

 

turtle release  Turtle Tag and Release Program
Sea Turtles have been part of our Chesapeake Bay Aquarium Habitat over the years.  Often, we acquire juveniles from area nests (in southern North Carolina) and then raise them for a time in captivity to then be tagged and released as part of the Head-Start Program.

 basking turtle

In summer 2010 the Virginia Living Museum began a multi-year project to conduct a census of the basking turtles in Deer Park Lake at the museum, using staff and middle school students. The project continued in summer 2011 and summer 2012. The 2013 survey was conducted by VLM staff.
Turtle Census

seahorse

Seahorse Breeding Program
The Virginia Living Museum recognizes that seahorse populations are declining and that taking them from the wild could be potentially detrimental to local populations. The VLM hopes that holding and displaying seahorses will heighten awareness of marine conservation issues, engage public support and provide the opportunity to study and improve our knowledge of their biology. The Museum does not collect seahorses from the wild, instead the museum conducts its own breeding program and gets animals from facilities that breed captive individuals.

Red Wolf

Red Wolf Species Survival Program
The Virginia Living Museum participates in the federal program to reintroduce red wolves into the wild. The Museum is the closest facility to Alligator River, the only place in the country where red wolves currently live in the wild.

bullfrog

Threats to Amphibians
The VLM supports efforts to raise awareness of the threats facing frogs...and toads and salamanders, too! The Museum participated in the Year of the Frog  in 2008 sponsored by Amphibian Ark.

Living Green house Living Green
Learn how to live green, build green and garden green at the Goodson Living Green House and Conservation Gardens that opened on June 20, 2009.

Watch a video that demonstrates what the Virginia Living Museum is doing to live green.
 solar panels Solar Panels/Education Project
The Museum has installed 165 solar panels on its south-facing roof. The panels are expected to generate enough electricity to fully power six homes.

Virginia Green

Virginia Green  

The Virginia Living Museum is a certified Virginia Green attraction committed to minimizing is environmental impacts by preventing pollution wherever feasible in its operations.

Monarch butterfly  

Monarch Rearing

When you visit the VLM from mid September to early October, stop by our monarch butterfly rearing chamber to see the caterpillars, chrysalides and adults on display. In the late afternoons you might be able to participate in our release of tagged monarchs. You can follow the monarch migration on two web sites: Monarch Watch and Journey North.

 

Save Our Seafood

 

Seafood Watch
When you shop for seafood, it pays to be choosy. Look for seafood that's good for the oceans. If you want the best seafood, choose fish that's plentiful and caught or farmed in ways that protect the oceans. Our Seafood Watch guide tells you which types to buy - and which types to avoid. So you can enjoy your favorite fish while keeping the oceans healthy for the future. Click here for more information about the Seafood Watch program created by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and to download the latest Seafood Watch Guide for the Southeast.

Dark Sky Photo

Dark Sky
Have you ever been outside at night on a ship? Or maybe in the mountains? Or even in a rural area, far away from a major city? Looking up at such a sky makes you feel like you can reach up and touch the stars. 'Why doesn't the sky look like this where I live?' you might wonder.

VLM-Audubon bio-survey

VLM-Audubon Partnership
The Virginia Living Museum partnered with the National Audubon Society for several conservation projects in 2010-11, including a bio-survey at Ft. Monroe, refurbishing of an outdoor exhibit habitat at the Museum, the Great Backyard Bird Count in February and the Museum's Earth Day Celebration in April. Audubon will again conduct the Great Backyard Bird Count at the Museum during Reptiles: Bizarre and Beautiful Feb. 18-20, 2012.

cell phoneCapri Sun

Animal Aid Club Recycling
Support the recycling efforts of our Animal Aid Club and bring Capri Sun and Honest Kids drink pouches and old cell phones (no chargers) to the VLM on your next visit. The drink pouches will be recycled into bags, pencil holders, backpacks, wallets and other items. Please include your name so we can acknowledge your donation.