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.
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.