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Mountain Lake Biological Station
Giles County, Virginia
37.3752° -80.5221° Elevation 1,160 m


Mountain Lake Biological Station is the field station of the Biology Department at the University of Virginia. It is located on a remote wooded ridge at an elevation of 1,160 meters on the top of Salt Pond Mountain in southwestern Virginia. Its mountaintop location is surrounded by sharp ecological gradients and fine-scale changes in habitat - ideal conditions for the studies of ecology and evolution. Biologists from around the world come to the station each summer to conduct field research based on the diverse flora and fauna of the Southern Appalachians.

In June 2010, MLBS joined Discover Life to train local staff and volunteers, build customized identification guides to the site's vascular plants, and start monitoring the site's moths, wildflowers, and lichens through photography. MLBS is one of the first sites in Discover Life's network of field sites to predict and manage the impacts of climate change, invasive species, and pollution on species and their interactions. Please join us.

Customized identification guides

Checklists with images, maps, and links

Albums of site participants

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More information

Photograph by Hank Ohme
Cypripedium parviflorum
Lesser yellow lady's slipper


  • Eric Nagy, Associate Director, Mountain Lake Biological Station -- enagy@virginia.edu -- 540-626-5227
  • Nancy Lowe, Outreach Coordinator, Discover Life -- nancy@discoverlife.org -- 404-272-4526
Updated: 18 June, 2010
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