Wild Virginia Virtual Coffee Talk

Wild Virginia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to protecting and connecting your favorite wild places. Through partnerships with other environmental advocacy groups we: We educate citizens, landowners, and other stakeholders about threats to our forests through hikes, outings and events. We advocate for the connectivity and integrity of Virginia’s forests and waters. We influence decision makers by mobilizing citizens like you.

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Wednesday Sep 07, 2022

For this episode of the Wild Virginia Coffee Talk Podcast we are joined by Courtney Hayes who is the new face behind preserving Virginia wildlife corridors. She is the Wild Virginia Habitat Connectivity Program Director and has worked as a zoologist and data scientist for the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, previously. Courtney is passionate about protecting wild animals, plants, and ecosystems through scientific research, good management practices, and getting people involved. She spearheads the Virginia Safe Wildlife Corridors Collaborative, a group that is connecting the corridors that support us all. In this conversation, we highlight some exciting crossing projects in our state and others like California's newest crossing project that will be the largest in the world.

Tuesday Aug 16, 2022

Jessica Sims from Appalachian Voices joins Wild Virginia to talk about her story in the coal ash fight, and how that led her to fighting both the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. She talks about organizing, how policy affects our environment, how public commenting is critical to stopping pipeline infrastructure, and actionable insights listeners can implement to get involved in combatting climate change. 

Wednesday Jul 20, 2022

In her words, being in nature has helped Alison Thomas “look at the big picture”… An apt expression, since Thomas spends her days outside taking pictures of some of the most beautiful outdoor vistas and getting closer to nature through this work. Thomas is an outdoor photographer, and her photography, which includes black and white and color images and panoramas, is inspired by her deep appreciation of the natural world. 

Monday Jul 04, 2022

Tune in to this episode of Wild Virginia Coffee Talk to learn more about native plants and why local genotype matters. A plant is considered native if it has occurred naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without human interference. Exotic plants that evolved in other parts of the world or were cultivated by humans into forms that don't exist in nature do not support wildlife as well as native plants do.  Genotype means family.  That’s ‘family’ in the every-day sense, not the technical taxonomic definition. You share with your parents, aunts, grandparents, siblings, cousins, a constellation of similar genetic material that expresses itself physically as the family nose, or eyebrows, a predilection for cake, and more generally the way you see the world and choose to interact with it, unique to your particular band of people.  'Local genotype' means a group of families that live in the same place, and who likely intersect and interconnect through marriage, childcare, shared recipes, language, etc. when they're humans, and the botanical equivalents when they're plants.

Monday Jun 13, 2022

Freeda Cathcart is a climate investor who challenged Warren Buffet, and for decades, was a passive owner of utility company stocks, content with dividend checks and confident that regulators had her and the environment's best interest. In 2017, Trump rolled back federal oversight of the industry and changed everything. Cathcart believes pipelines and gas won’t be economically sustainable due to competition from clean energy and pressure for organizations to cut emissions. She joined the Wild Virginia Coffee Talk Podcast to chat about concerns on energy companies’ relationships to pipelines like the Mountain Valley pipeline, and new rules proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission that would enhance and standardize climate-related disclosures for investors. "If you pay a sales tax in Virginia...your money is funding climate change, and you have every right to say that you don't want that to happen anymore."

Thursday Jun 09, 2022

Alex, owner at Dogwood Refillery, joins the Wild Virginia Coffee Talk podcast to chat about the toxic chemicals associated with plastic, why you need to quit them, and simple (realistic) ways to weed plastic out of your life. Tune in to this episode of Wild Virginia Virtual Coffee Talk to learn more about Alex’s passion behind starting the store, the benefits of bulk stores in terms of plastic waste, and what harmful chemicals you can find in everyday products in your home,

Friday May 13, 2022

Politicians continually side with fossil fuel companies and perpetuate false narratives about pipeline infrastructure. We saw this with Senator Joe Manchin’s recent statement on the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Wild Virginia hosted Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International to bust some of these myths and misconceptions.

Monday Feb 21, 2022

Friday Jan 28, 2022

Listen to Brie Hashem, Director of Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary, discuss the importance of crossings for orphaned wildlife in Virginia. The Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary is a nonprofit that works to rescue, rehabilitate, and release native wildlife in Central Virginia. In this podcast, Hashem shares more about the important work of the sanctuary in treating native wildlife and highlights the need for increased research on wildlife vehicle collisions to determine locations for crossings.  

Thursday Nov 04, 2021

Vernal pools are bodies of water that develop for short periods of time throughout Appalachia as a result of snowmelt and seasonal rainfall. During the seasonal shift from winter to spring, vernal pools become major breeding sites for macro-invertebrates and amphibians like salamanders. Steven David Johnson is a conservation photographer and professor of visual and communication arts at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Through his captivating wildlife photography, Johnson conveys Virginia's rich biodiversity and advocates for its preservation. In one of his conservation photography courses, Johnson helps students to utilize the visual narrative power of nature photography to promote environmental protection in partnership with nonprofits. In this podcast, Johnson shares what led him to conservation photography and focuses on his recent work documenting regional salamander biodiversity. He discusses some of his procedures for capturing their lifecycles, as well as some of the ethical practices he implements when working underwater. Some of his phenomenal work can be found on his website: Steven has kindly shared his amazing photos in Wild Virginia's popular series "Window to the Woods"

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