Wondering what the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is proposing it will do to better engage wildlife viewers? Come learn about Virginia’s Ten-Year Wildlife Viewing Plan – DWR’s first comprehensive plan for engaging with and supporting wildlife viewers. This Wildlife Viewing Plan was jointly developed by an 18-member Technical Advisory Committee, composed of DWR staff, and a 20-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee, composed of individuals and organizational representatives with experience and interest in wildlife viewing in Virginia, including the Virginia Master Naturalists. Virginia Tech conducted interviews and surveys across the Commonwealth to inform the Plan and facilitated the planning process. The Plan will be going out for public comment in February; come learn how you can weigh in on what is proposed.
Ashley Dayer, Virginia Tech
Ashley is an Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech and Affiliated Faculty with the Global Change Center. Her conservation social science research focuses on conservation behavior of wildlife recreationists, habitat conservation by private landowners, human disturbance of shorebirds, and science application by land and wildlife managers. She earned her PhD in Natural Resources from Cornell University; her Master of Science in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science & Public Policy from Harvard University. She is the Principal Investigator on Virginia Tech’s collaborative wildlife viewing plan project with Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. She and her family enjoy wildlife watching, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
Brian Moyer, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
Brian currently serves as the Assistant Director of Outreach with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. Prior to this position he served as the Recreation Program Manager where he was responsible for managing Virginia’s watchable wildlife program, public access opportunities for hunting and fishing, Virginia’s statewide Bird and Wildlife Trail, and outreach efforts to promote hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Brian has an undergraduate degree from Liberty University in biology and a master’s from Murray State University in wildlife management.