Make Friends with Nature


Keeping the Wild in Willowsford

Many different animals call Willowsford home, due largely to the variety of habitats found on Conservancy land.

All animals need four basic things to live and thrive: food, water, shelter, and a place to raise their young. To meet these needs for the various kinds of wildlife at Willowsford, we maintain a diverse range of habitats with many types of native plants for food and shelter, and abundant water sources.

Support Wildlife

A few ways we support wildlife at Willowsford include: connecting habitat through forest and meadow restoration and by creating wildlife-friendly home gardens; control of invasive plants and animals; riparian plantings; and programs that directly benefit certain animal species.

Learn more about Wildlife Management

Wildlife Management


Keeping Wildlife Wild

Being outdoors provides great opportunities to see or hear many of our wild creatures.  Songbirds, chipmunks, wild turkeys, deer, beavers, and even black bears are all enjoyable to watch. But wild is “wild”, and wild animals are happiest and healthiest when they are left wild.

Tips for safely enjoying the wildlife
  • At home, pet food, compost, dirty BBQ grills or trash can lure bears and coyotes into yards.
  • Avoid feeding pets outside, or remove the food bowl as soon as your pet has finished the meal.
  • Bird seed on the ground attracts mice and rats and can attract bears, and coyotes who feed on rodents.
  • Keep trash in containers with tight fitting lids. Place the cans curbside the morning of collection; much wildlife is active at night.
  • Keep unattended cats and dogs indoors or in in a secured, covered kennel.
  • Wild animals that associate humans with food and become a nuisance are not relocated. It is the policy of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to kill nuisance animals.
  • If you see a bear or coyote, remain calm. Do not run, and enjoy the sighting. Keep a safe distance and NEVER approach! If the bear or coyote approach, scare it away with loud noises or by throwing small rocks or sticks. Noisemakers, such as whistles, can be helpful.
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