Environment

The Federal Goverment Decides
8:06 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Will Fracking Be Allowed in the George Washington National Forest?

George Washington National Forest

The George Washington National Forest is a treasured resource popular for hiking, hunting and fishing. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is a highly debated form of drilling for natural gas.  Can the two exist in the same space?



















 



 

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Ensuring Survival
10:49 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Happier Honey Bees

Rowan Sprague
Credit Dan Addison via UVA

With the coming of spring, bee hives across the state are buzzing, but beekeepers say the insects face another challenging season - gathering pollen from plants sprayed with pesticides, fighting off parasites and disease. 

Rowan Sprague is an engineering student whose career took a surprising turn at the University of Virginia.  That’s where she started hearing all kinds of interesting stuff about bees.

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All that noise for want of a mate
10:29 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Largest Brood of Cicadas in Virginia is Rising Up

Cicadas infest spring irises.
Credit Virginia Tech

After a long silence, one of the largest broods of Cicadas in Virginia is coming back. Brood 2 has been

slowly growing under ground for the past seventeen years and for people who are anywhere near them, it might get loud. Robbie Harris has more.

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Bald Eagles in Danger
4:43 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Poisoned Eagles

Federal and state wildlife agencies are searching for those responsible for poisoning six bald eagles last month on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 
 

Ironically, the eagles were found on a farm in Birdsnest, Virginia, a well-known migratory corridor. Eagles often arrive in late winter when food is scarce so they scavenge.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with Virginia's Department of Game and Inland Fisheries say someone may have set out poisoned bait to kill a fox or coyote but killed five eagles instead.

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Canaries in the Coal Mine?
1:40 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Threatened Fish May Be Health Indicator

Credit August Rode/Flickr via Chesapeake Bay Program

Virginia and other Chesapeake Bay States are under orders from the EPA to reduce the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen going into our rivers and streams, but a new report adds urgency to the cause. 

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other environmental groups have a new ally – a fish. 

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