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Welcome to the Home Page for Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory! The Observatory is committed to the study of birds and butterflies and to conservation, as shown in the slideshow above. The area around the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, in coastal Virginia, with its varied habitat types, is globally significant for migratory birds and hosts a tremendous diversity of wildlife. More rare birds have been found here than anywhere else in Virginia. The Observatory was begun in 1994 as a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization, to expand on the songbird and hawk studies that were begun by volunteers in 1963 on land which later became Kiptopeke State Park, on Virginia's Eastern Shore. In addition to conducting programs at Kiptopeke and other Eastern Shore sites, we're involved in activities near Richmond, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. We accomplish our field research through the hiring of seasonal biologists and a corps of dedicated volunteers. Our data is sent to a number of international databases for sharing and analysis. We provide educational material on the website, through printed literature and through presentations to visitors. We trust that individuals, schools and other organizations will find our website and our organization a valuable resource. We invite you explore the website, to visit our programs...see the calendar for more details...to ask questions by the Contact Us button and to read our Blog for updates. Also, please feel free to share your thoughts on our Facebook page. Interested in joining the wildlife conservation effort? Select the membership button! Your support is important!