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Jennifer Ackerman with a great gray owl.
Photo by Sofia Runarsdotter 

Garden Club of Virginia

The Garden Club of Virginia is an active association of 48 garden clubs, whose members collectively form a group of more than 3,400 civic leaders from around the commonwealth.

The Garden Club of Virginia celebrates the beauty of the land, conserves the gifts of nature and challenges future generations to build on this heritage. Our mission is to restore historic gardens and landscapes, conserve Virginia’s natural resources, inspire a love of gardening and provide education for our members and the general public.

Learn more about the Garden Club of Virginia. 


Garden Club of Virginia 

October 25, 2021
Zoom Webinar
9 a.m. - noon
Open to the Public

$15 per person
Student admission is free (register with school-affiliated email)

Birds: Feathers, Fields, Forests and Flowers, the 63rd GCV Conservation Forum, offers an impressive roster of speakers who will entertain and educate attendees on the “brilliance of birds” and some of the threats that are causing their numbers to diminish. Learn how our actions can help protect birds and their habitats, now and in the future.
A question and answer session will follow each presenter.

9 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Missy Buckingham, President, Garden Club of Virginia
Allison Clock, Chairman, Garden Club of Virginia Conservation & Beautification Committee

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Ackerman  
The New York Times Bestselling Author
Explore the brilliance of birds and delve into the mysteries of the avian brain as explored in Jennifer Ackerman's international bestseller, The Genius of Birds. Ackerman will talk about her adventures, from the beaches of Barbados to the rainforests of New Caledonia and the woods and fields of Virginia, as she shares stories and stunning photos from her journey to better understand the feathered geniuses all around us. Learn how birds make and use their own tools, teach one another new skills, count, navigate, exercise astonishing feats of memory, create works of art, communicate in ways that resemble language, and even pass along cultural traditions.

Dr. Amy Johnson, Program Director, Virginia Working Landscapes 

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Dr. Christine Sheppard, Director, Glass Collisions Program 
American Bird Conservancy           

Stephen Living, Habitat Education Coordinator 
Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

GCV 2021 Conservation Awards Presentations:
Dugdale Award for Meritorious Achievement in Conservation
GCV Conservation Educator Award

Bird Photography:
Provided by Bill Portlock, Recipient of the 2016 GCV Dugdale Award
Senior Educator, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (retired)

The 2021 Conservation Forum is Generously Sponsored by: