Be Wild, Virginia!

Make a Difference

Clean air, clean water and a place to live… it doesn't get any simpler! Wildlife and their habitats play an important role in the lives of Virginians. We marvel at the thousands of birds that migrate along the Eastern Shore, and the deer and turkey that have rebounded from near extinction, all the while enjoying our natural "sanctuaries" — a quiet trout stream, magnificent forests, even our own backyards. Check out this award winning video featuring Adrienne Young's song, "Hills and Hollers."

Think you can't make a difference? You can!

Be Wild:

Be a role model by setting a good environmental example. You may know more about Virginia's Wildlife Action Plan than many in your community, so tell your neighbors.

Live Wild:

Recycle. Turn off lights when not in use and water lawns only when necessary. Limit fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides that are unfriendly to the earth. Use native plants in your yard; they require less water and fewer chemicals.

Grow Wild:

Insist upon smart growth and responsible, planned development in your community that limits loss of wildlife habitat to a minimum. Support open space initiatives.

Think wild:

Get to know Virginia's Wildlife Action Plan, especially for your eco-region. Keep these objectives in mind and evaluate how the things you do affect wildlife.

Vote wild:

Support clean air and water programs. Attend meetings of your Board of Supervisors, planning and zoning boards, etc., and ask to see wildlife conservation plans and agendas. Let your local and state-wide elected officials know that this is an important concern to you.

Lead wild:

As a decision-maker, elected or appointed official, support wildlife-friendly initiatives.

Buy wild:

Buy recycled and environmentally-friendly products. Reduce the use of packaging and plastics.

Go wild:

Beginning in your own eco-region, visit a different state park, forest or wildlife management area each month. Travel the Virginia Wildlife and Birding Trail in the next year.

Travel wild:

Attend Virginia Department of Transportation meetings and ask to see wildlife considerations in their plans. When driving, watch for wildlife or slow down for animals on or near the road.

Teach wild:

Ask for Project Wild or Project Learning Tree in your school. Children who learn to appreciate wildlife are more likely to protect our wildlife heritage as adults.

Join wild:

Become a member of our team and let your voice be heard. Support increased funding for wildlife conservation.