The Power of Place

The Power of Place 2021 cover

As we struggled to return to some sense of normalcy in 2021, Mountain Lake was a critical touchstone for many of us. We were able to host some of our regular programs for about half of our usual number of users. For those students and researchers, the experiences of sharing the mountain and learning were huge gifts that reminded us of what we can have when everyone takes responsible steps to protect themselves and their communities. We are grateful to all the staff and the residents that worked hard to navigate the rules and procedures to keep everyone safe throughout the summer.

You may have heard about the tremendous financial pressures the pandemic has put on some field stations. The inflow of usual funding, in the form of user fees, fell to a trickle. Mountain Lake has fared better than many as the University of Virginia ensures our basic operational costs. Nonetheless, two seasons in a row of limited numbers on the mountain have exposed a number of infrastructure needs and financial program constraints. If you are in a position to support us this year, we are always grateful for the help. In any case, please stop by and pay us a visit when you’re in the area (and when we’ve finally arrived at a safe time to open to visitors!).

We hope you and yours are physically and mentally healthy and happy wherever you are.

Butch Brodie, Director


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Friend of MLBS

Goes toward the most pressing needs of the station.
Suggested gift level:

  • Friend:  $50


Student Fellowships

Fellowships allow us to offer financial assistance to those students who might not otherwise be able to study at the station. Your support ensures that passionate students will be able to experience all that Mountain Lake offers.
Suggested gift level:

  • Undergraduate Student Fellowship:  $250
  • Graduate Student Fellowship:  $500


Walton Lecture

The Walton Lecture series was initiated in 1980 and continues to bring some of the most exciting personalities in evolution, ecology, and behavior to interact with the station community. Take a look at recent Walton Lecturers! Your support is what makes it possible to offer the Walton Lecture each year.
Suggested gift level:

  • Walton Lecture:  $500


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  • Friend of MLBS
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The College Foundation of UVA
P.O. Box 400801
Charlottesville, VA  22904-4801