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It's time for another BioBlitz!


19 - 25 June - Pollinator Week 2023

Colonial Pollinator Week BioBlitz Logo

We would love it if you would participate in our Pollinator BioBlitz!

We want to take this opportunity to help people realize just how many different kinds of #pollinators there are and generally increase awareness about them and habitat that they require.


There are many pollinators besides the honey bee. Pollinators include #bees, #butterflies, #beetles, #flies, #moths, and more.


If you participate in the #pollinator #BioBlitz, you are welcome to observe pollinators at any site that you visit in the Colonial District - so that's Charles City County, James City County, York County, New Kent County, and the City of #Williamsburg.


Take a photo of the pollinators you find, upload them on #iNaturalist, and you can post them onto Instagram/Facebook/Twitter to share with everyone!.


We’re asking all of the participants to use the hashtag #savethepollinators.


We will be having daily challenges, so keep an eye on our website and our social media so you don't miss any. The winners of these challenges will get free entry into our IN PERSON BioBlitz at York River State Park on 29 July - World Nature Conservation Day!




Press Release from Dominion Energy

Dominion Energy Envirothon inspires students to develop environmental skills and solutions

Carolina Bakker, Eleanor Rossi, Teagan Ketterman, Landon Kennon, (first row) Sebastian Cordero-Muñiz, Diego Cordero-Muñiz
Carolina Bakker, Eleanor Rossi, Teagan Ketterman, Landon Kennon, (first row) Sebastian Cordero-Muñiz, Diego Cordero-Muñiz

Colonial Heights, Virginia.—Jamestown High School placed first overall in Virginia’s 2023 Dominion Energy Envirothon State Competition, held at Virginia State University on May 21st–22nd, 2023. Jamestown competed with teams representing 17 different high schools throughout Virginia to earn the title of State Champions.


The Jamestown team will travel to New Brunswick, Canada on July 23rd–29th, 2023 to represent Virginia as they compete at the National Conservation Foundation’s International Envirothon against teams from across the United States, Canada, and China for a chance to earn thousands of dollars in scholarship prizes.


Envirothon competitions consist of five “in-the-field” test stations – soils, wildlife, aquatics, forestry and a current environmental issue – which challenge teams to answer questions in both written and hands-on formats. During an oral presentation, teams present their environmental solution to industry and natural resource professionals who serve as judges. The issue for the 2023 Dominion Energy Envirothon was Adapting to Climate Change” and teams presented solutions to address a climate change scenario for the City of Hopewell, VA.

“Protecting the environment and supporting our communities are key components of our mission.” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. “Envirothon proudly promotes both as these students will become future leaders of environmental sustainability.”

“Dominion Energy works hard every day to protect our natural environment and enhance the communities that we serve,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with Envirothon as they grow future leaders in sustainability by letting students compete in challenges based on real-world scenarios.”


Individuals interested in volunteering or learning more about starting an Envirothon team at their high school, 4-H, FFA, Ecology club or home school group, should contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District or the VASWCD at (804) 559-0324.

 

The Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) is a private nonprofit association of 47 soil and water conservation districts in Virginia and is classified accordingly as a 501(c)(5). It is a voluntary, nongovernmental association of Virginia's districts.


The VASWCD provides and promotes leadership in the conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs. Our mission is to serve and strengthen soil & water conservation districts in the stewardship of natural resources.


The VASWCD Educational Foundation is nonprofit and classified as a 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1990. Funding for additional activities such as Envirothon is provided through donations made by individuals, corporations, organizations and other foundations. Contributions to the VASWCD Educational Foundation are used to support educational efforts within the Commonwealth.


OVERALL ENVIROTHON COMPETITION RESULTS


1st Jamestown High School Colonial SWCD

2nd Louisa County High School Thomas Jefferson SWCD

3rd Harrisonburg High School Shenandoah Valley SWCD


STATION & ORAL RESULTS:

Each station worth 1/7 of overall team score, oral presentation worth 2/7 of overall score


Oral Presentation

1st Louisa County HS

2nd Jamestown HS

3rd Harrisonburg HS


Soils

1st Jamestown HS

2nd Thomas Jefferson HS

3rd Harrisonburg HS


Forestry

1st Harrisonburg HS

2nd Jamestown HS

3rd Thomas Jefferson HS


Wildlife

1st Fort Defiance HS

2nd Jamestown HS

3rd Harrisonburg HS


Aquatics

1st Louisa County HS

1st Harrisonburg HS


Special Topics

1st Louisa County HS

2nd Jamestown HS


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