Central Virginia Preserve
Central Virginia Preserve - Tour by Phil Sheridan - Part 1
The Importance of the Gatewood / Wilson Tract
Meadowview is working on pitcher plant bog conservation in Virginia. The Gatewood Wilson Tract is the head of the spring that supports our native pitcher plant population on the Hall Tract. Ownership of the Gatewood Tract ensure protection of the watershed.
Manmade Ditches and Groundwater Hydrology
The whole Meadowview Watershed was extensively ditched in the late 1700s to early 1800s for "Wetland Reclamation." This was the practice of draining wetlands to grow crops. Legacy ditches 2-3 feet deep are lowering the water table in the Meadowview Water Shed. The plan is to fill and/or plug these ditches to restore the ground water hydrology. The bog has also been invaded by numerous hardwood stems. These hardwoods pull out a lot of water from the bog lowering ground-water tables and shading the area. To restore the pitcher plant bog, hardwood removal is needed.
2013 Update: Travesty House
A 2013 update of the infamous Travesty House in Caroline County Virginia. Phil Sheridan, Director of Meadowview Biological Research Station, gives a tour of the Travesty House property in late 2012 and then provides an update in May 2013. Meadowview hope to acquire this property from Bank of America, as it will provide infrastructure to house interns as well as another connecting puzzel piece in the Central Virginia Pitcher Plant preserve system.
The "Travesty House" near the Central Virginia Preserve
"Travesty House" was improperly built without permits, it is being condemned by the Caroline County, it is in foreclosure, but it has some potential... Meadowview would like to acquire this 10 acre property which is to the back of the Bass Tract on the Central Virginia Pitcher Plant Preserve. There are numerous seepage bogs behind the house. If the house was acquired and repaired there would be additional housing for interns staying at Meadowview.
Hardwood Removal at the Central Virginia Preserve
A timber crew is removing hardwood at the Central Virginia Preserve in Caroline County, Virginia. They are assembling a Corduroy Road to allow traffic through the bog for logging and for the future Duff McDuff Green Jr. Trail.
The Joseph Pines Preserve
Joseph Pines Preserve - Heart Pine Stump Possible Longleaf
Heart Pine Stump extraction from the Joseph Pines Preserve in Sussex, Virginia.
Joseph Pines Preserve Controlled Burn
This is video shot by Jonathan Davis March 25, 2011. This is a controlled burn of the 100 acre Joseph Pines Preserve in Sussex, Virginia that is home to Virginia populations of Sarranceia flava and Sarracenia purpurea.
An Indepth Look at the Meadowview Greenhouse - Part 1
A Quick Tour of Meadowview Bioligcal Research Station
Watch a fast-paced tour of the facilities at Meadowview Biological Research Station.
Meadowview Biological Research Station - Outdoor Sustainability
Outdoor sustainability allow Meadowview to continue operation while decreasing the use of fossil fuels. Removed timber, acquired from restoration efforts, is used in the wood furnace to provide heat energy to the Meadowview headquarters. Solar panels also allow for the heating of water without the use of electricity. Waste products are added to a composter. A vegetable garden has been established to feed the interns.
Meadowview Biological Research Station - Greenhouse Tour
A tour through the Glass Greenhouse at Meadowview Biological Research Station. You will see various Sarracenia, Drosera, Cephalotus, and Nepenthes grown under artificial and natural lighting.
Meadowview Biological Research Station - Indoor Sustainability
Meadowview has water efficient plumbing. A water efficient toilet and fitter shower head that has a flow rate of one gallon per minute.
A Tour of Meadowview Biological Research Station - Wood Furnace and Water Heater
Aldrovanda vesiculosa - Microscopic View
A microscopic look at Aldrovanda Vesiculosa the under-water Venus Fly Trap. This plant has a similar appearance to the Venus Flytrap, both being members of the Droseraceae family. Aquatic traps on this plant are 2-3 mm long and capture small tadpoles, aquatic insects, and other micro-organisms.