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Opening Reception for Movement & Light: The Virginia Nature Conservancy’s Volgenau Virginia Coast Reserve (Portsmouth)
May 5, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pam Ponce, a Virginia Beach artist, will be presenting a multi-year project. She has spent several seasons photographing the Virginia Nature Conservancy’s Volgenau Virginia Coast Reserve, an environmental treasure of barrier islands and lagoon landscapes located off Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The 40,000-acre reserve provides vital habitat to numerous birds and marine species and protects coastal communities from storm surges and flooding.
The reserve has become a laboratory where scientists from universities and government agencies partner with The Nature Conservancy to study coastal processes. They work to save species, restore oysters and eelgrass beds, prevent habitat loss, and develop models for adapting to climate change.