The Nature Conservancy manages Brownsville Preserve to enhance bird habitat, a small population of the federally endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, and the farm serves as headquarters for the Virginia Coast Reserve. TNC purchased Brownsville in 1978 from the Upshur family who have owned the property since 1652.
“In partnership with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, the Conservancy placed Brownsville Preserve in the Wildlife Enhancement Program where they have created shallow-water impoundments and planted crops.” More information on Brownsville Preserve can be found here.
GeoTEd-UAS service learning activities at the site have included high resolution mapping, aerial thermal camera testing, and low-altitude bird monitoring. Service learning participants were GeoTEd-UAS team members and cohort faculty.