Environment

Bald Eagle Released

Mar 11, 2013

A female bald eagle has been released in the Northern Neck of Virginia after recovering from injuries. Onlookers came for a variety of reasons, some quite personal.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has become famous for patching up injured bald eagles. A team from the center arrived at the Rappahannock River Wildlife Refuge to an exuberant crowd anxious to witness the bird’s flight back to freedom.

Lava Living

Feb 27, 2013

Climate change is forcing some Virginians to consider a move.  Coastal areas and islands like Tangiers are losing land as the sea rises, flooding is more frequent, and hurricanes could be more dangerous than ever.  But for one Virginia couple, natural disasters are no deterrent.  They’ve chosen to live in one of the riskiest places on Earth, on Hawaii's big island, about 3 miles from Pu’u’o’o - a volcanic crater that’s been oozing lava for the last 30 years.



 

Climate Change & Congress

Feb 25, 2013

After being eclipsed by other issues for a couple of years climate change is now back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill. 

Republicans control the U-S House and many oppose taking action to address climate change. In his State of the Union address President Obama opened the door for lawmakers to work with him on the issue but he also laid a line in the sand.

Oysters were once plentiful on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, but their numbers have fallen dramatically over the last century, due to overfishing, pollution and disease. 

Scientists and watermen are working to bring them back, and the partnership has led to a unique course at the University of Virginia – one taught, in part, by a man who has no PhD but could easily write a dissertation on his beloved bivalves.

Four generations of Biddlecombs have lived on the Eastern Shore, harvesting oysters.  76-year-old Dudley Biddlecomb began work when he was just five years old.  

Jobs in Natural Resources

Feb 11, 2013
Photo: Virginia Tech

Everyone is wondering where the good jobs of the future will come from.  A professor in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment predicts they’ll be hiring in his field.

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