Environment

Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
12:12 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Protecting One of Virginia's Most Endangered Birds

Credit Derrick Hamrick via Nature Conservancy

Pine forests were once common in this part of the world -- from New Jersey to Florida and west to Texas.  It was a rich environment for a small and smart little woodpecker that is now endangered.

When settlers first arrived in what is now the American southeast, they found 90 million acres of mature pines – the perfect material for home and ship construction – and something that had to come down so the newcomers could farm.  Today, only 3% of that ecosystem remains.

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Environment
8:13 am
Tue July 2, 2013

A Look at Virginia's Invasive Plant Species

Credit http://www.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/puelo.htm

Does your upcoming holiday weekend include some yard work? Maybe trying to control invasive plants taking over your landscaping? Butch Kelley is a volunteer with the Virginia Native Plant Society…
Butch, before we talk plants, what is the Native Plant Society?

Virginia Native Plant Society's Web Site

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Inside Janelia Farms
2:28 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Backpacks for Dragonflies

Credit Photo: Rachel Grossman

In Loudon County, part of Northern Virginia,  scientists are doing big research on a very small insect. And the results could have major implications for how the brain functions. 

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The Color of Preservation
12:15 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Diversity in the Great Outdoors

Credit Virginia Tech

What’s now known as the “environmental movement” took root decades ago. Today, more young people than ever before are interested in careers in this field.  But it’s a career path, which relatively few people of color choose to pursue.

The College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech held a national conference to explore the future of diversity in careers related to the environment.  Dean Paul Winistorfer says more needs to be done to interest minorities in this growing field.

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Rust-colored Sandpipers
6:30 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Red Knots: A Bird Species on the Decline

Credit Photo Copyright Bill Dalton

Millions of birds passed through Virginia this spring, and the National Wildlife Federation says many are in trouble, in part because of climate change.  A warming planet is drying up wetlands, causing more storms and producing less food.  Sandy Hausman traveled to the Eastern Shore to report on one species -- the rust- colored sandpipers known as red knots.  Each year, they fly about 10,000 miles – from the tip of South America to their nesting grounds in the Arctic – stopping in Virginia to refuel.  

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