Emily has been volunteering with Loudoun Wildlife since 2019. She is a Certified Stream Monitor and works with our Stream Monitoring Program. Emily graduated from JMU with a BS in biology with a concentration in ecology and environmental biology, specializing in herpetology, so she also volunteers with our Amphibian Monitoring Program.
In honor of Emily, we would like to share her thoughts on her favorite things in Virginia:
One of my favorite things about Virginia is the diverse landscape and unique ecosystems that can be found here. I am lucky to live in one of the world’s biological hot spots for salamander diversity, the southeastern United States. Here in Loudoun County you can find multiple species of amphibians and reptiles, and a few of my favorites are the eastern rat snake, common snapping turtle, and American toad. Although these species are common throughout the eastern United States, they always brighten my day when I find them!
Many thanks to Emily and to all our volunteers for helping us create a place where people and wildlife thrive together!