Volunteer: DGIF Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail Surveys
 
To volunteer for this project, contact Jerry Hancock.
 
Site monitoring is conducted at specific times throughout the year.
Volunteers are requested to sign up for a time and location that is suitable.
A call for volunteers to this project is sent via email to all members.
 
SCHEDULED SURVEYS TAKE PLACE IN SPRING AND FALL
 
Pocahontas Chapter Volunteers monitor the VBWT Appomattox Loop .
 
The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) has launched
the Adopt-A-Trail project, a new long-term volunteer opportunity for
Virginia Master Naturalists to help the agency update, maintain and
improve the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail (VBWT).
 
Project participants will visit assigned sites on their chapter’s loop(s)
four times a year to assess conditions at the site, communicate with the
site’s owner/ manager, update site information in the VBWT guide, observe
and record bird sightings using e-bird, and to record additional wildlife
observations into their newly updated Wildlife Mapping program. 
 
The VBWT is a statewide driving trail composed of 65 loops connecting the best sites in Virginia for watching birds and other wildlife. It was established in three phases between 1999-2004, with the goal of increasing awareness, appreciation and conservation of Virginia’s wildlife and native habitats.  When it was completed in 2004, it was the first statewide trail of its kind in the country! All sites are marked with signage and a guide to the trail is available in print and electronically on DGIF’s website at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/vbwt/
 
Wildlife Mapping and Observation
 
Volunteers who wish to contribute to this project at any time during the year can do so by following the instructions for Wildlife Mapping using iNaturalist or to record bird sightings on visits to any trails in VBWT system.