Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
P.O. Box 764
Lightfoot VA 23090
Mission Statement
Protecting wildlife through field research, education and habitat conservation.
Web and Social Media
Multi-Media Comments
The Observatory's website has evolved greatly over the past several years, with a tremendous amount of information and photos useful to schools and other website visitors.
CEO/Executive Director No CEO
Board Chair Brian Taber
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 764
Lightfoot, VA 23090
Telephone 757 253-1181
Fax 757 000-0000
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1996
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $19,045.00
Projected Expenses $29,557.00
Additional Documents
With the assistance of the Mason Business School at the College of William and Mary, a Business Plan is being completed.
Protecting wildlife through field research, education and habitat conservation.
  1. completed 3-month songbird banding seasons Spring and Fall
  2. completed 3-month hawkwatches Spring and Fall
  3. completed 3-month hawk banding in Fall
  4. completed 6-week Monarch butterfly migration program in Fall
  5. made daily, free presentations about our work to visitors
 Major Goals for 2013 are the same as above accomplishments.
Due to the economic downturn, memberships and other donations are down for the past three years; our small investment "nest egg" has not earned money and the organization had to take money from its "nest egg" to make the regular budget for two years in a row. We also regularly need volunteer help, but have a great network for finding and training volunteers.
The Observatory was founded as a nonprofit in 1994 to continue and to enhance the work of volunteers at the Kiptopeke Songbird Station and to tie together several other related programs to ensure their survival. A dedicated Board was established and a corps of advisors was established to provide professional guidance. In addition to public education at our sites, programs conduct research on migratory songbirds, hawks, owls and butterflies.
CEO Statement
The Observatory operates the second-longest running songbird banding station in North America, providing valuable long-term monitoring about migratory birds, their health and their habitats. In addition, we believe that the Observatory's unique, on-site education and website materials reach more people, including schools, about the importance of such issues, than any other Virginia organization.
Board Chair Statement
Little did I know in 1975, when I visited the Kiptopeke Songbird Banding Station as a beginning birder, that I would still be involved with it 38 years later.  I was the founding Vice-President in 1994 and am the second President, serving since 2002. We had hoped to raise enough money for a Director and an office, in addition to hiring biologists to do the bird work, but that has proven to be a big challenge and we have only been able hire the biologists, and purchase necessary equipment. However, the Observatory is very lucky that several of us perform daily tasks and provide out-of-pocket money where we can.  We are also lucky to have a dedicated volunteer corps to assist the biologists.
We have made our budget for the first 16 years and have struggled over the past two years and now, unless funds can be raised from some new sources, we are faced with program cuts for the first time. We conduct a great team birding competition each September, called "The Kiptopeke Challenge," with sponsors encouraging the teams to find as many birds in one day as possible, while raising awareness and money. Many species of birds are facing severe population declines. I have no plans to ever leave the organization.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Hampton Roads
Tri-cities Region
Board Chair
Board Chair Brian Taber
Company Affiliation retired
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Matt Anthony community volunteer
Jessica Ausura community volunteer
Ann Carpenter retired
Shirley Devan Community Volunteer
Andy Hawkins retired
Deborah Schroeder retired
Sheila Scoville Eastern Virginia Medical School
Brian Taber retired
Dave Youker retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Dr. Bob Ake Retired, Old Dominion University
Dennis Baker Retired, Virginia State Parks
Jill Bieri The Nature Conservancy
Ruth Boettcher Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries
Larry Brindza Community Volunteer
Dr. Ned Brinkley Community Volunteer
Dr. Lincoln Brower Sweet Briar College
Dr. Mitchell Byrd Center for Conservation Biology, College of William and Mary/VCU
Dr. Dan Cristol College of William and Mary
Dot Field Virginia Natural Heritage Program
Mark Garland Community Volunteer
Forrest Gladden
Earl Hodnett Community Volunteer
Dr. Bob Reilly
Sue Rice Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
Dr. Bryan Watts Center for Conservation Biology, College of William and Mary/VCU
Bill Williams Community Volunteer
The Observatory is hosted by Kiptopeke State Park and the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, which allows the excellent opportunities of research and public education to continue as they have since 1994.  However, it is mainly in-kind assistance and the challenge is in fundraising in the recent difficult climate of the economic downturn. We have memberships, we apply for grants and conduct a yearly fundraiser...a team birding competition each September. We have joined Facebook for greater exposure. Since the Board and Team Leaders are all volunteers, we have small operating overhead and can turn donations directly into salaries for biologists to conduct scientific research and public education.
Executive Director
Executive Director No CEO
Full Time Staff 0
Volunteers 25
Contractors 4
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Collaboration is with 16 Advisors and other researchers conducting wildlife-related work.
Songbirds are captured, examined and banded, in spring and fall at Kiptopeke State Park and First Landing State Park. On-site daily presentations are made to visitors.
Description Raptors, birds of prey such as hawks and owls, are counted at two hawkwatches and captured and banded at sites on the Eastern Shore and around Richmond. On-site presentations are given daily to visitors, at no charge.
Monarch butterflies are counted, captured and tagged as they migrate through the Eastern Shore on their way to Mexico. Other butterflies are counted on regular surveys. Observatory volunteers manage public butterfly gardens at Kiptopeke State Park, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge and Williamsburg Botanical Garden. Presentations are given daily, at no charge, to visitors.
CEO/ED/Board Comments
The challenge for our core programs is finding funding for seasonal biologists to conduct research and interact with the public. The opportunities including working with schools, training volunteers and collaborating with other professional researchers.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $19,045.00
Projected Expenses $29,557.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$26,727$27,162$44,753
Administration Expense$2,487$1,081$2,293
Fundraising Expense$627$1,742$4,430
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.960.910.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%91%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%11%23%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$132,745$139,696$126,369
Current Assets$14,857$20,081$126,369
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$1,111$1,128--
Total Net Assets$131,634$138,568$126,369
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.3717.80--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View
Organization Comments
During the recent economic downturn, memberships, grants and other donations have decreased.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided by internal financial statements provided by the organization.