Environment

Monarch Butterflies & Weather
7:23 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Monarch Butterfly Migration May Disappoint This Year

Credit www.monarchwatch.org

A fall tradition is to catch the monarch migration in late September and Early October. This year, however, there may not be much to see.

It takes four generations and up to 3,000 miles for the monarch migration to make its roundtrip each year. Virginia is one of the many and varied locations in which one generation of the monarch will breed.

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Future Industry
4:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Bringing Back Virginia's Scallops

Virginia was once a big producer of bay scallops, but around 1930 a disease hit the sea grass beds that were home to those shellfish, and in 1933, two big storms wiped them out.  Today, scientists report early success in bringing the grass beds back – and with them, the scallops.

Thirty-eight-year-old Bo Lusk grew up on the Eastern Shore, hearing stories about scallops.

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Virginia Tech's Stadium Woods
12:07 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Safe For Now

Friends of Stadium Woods

A plan for a new indoor football practice space at Virginia Tech will be recommended to the Board of Visitors at its meeting on Monday.  The controversial building proposal has environmentalists concerned that the adjacent old growth forest could be at risk.

Under the plan that will be recommended by the University, a new football practice building will be go in where an outdoor practice field now sits -- between Lane Stadium and an old growth stand of trees known as Stadium Woods.  The much loved, eleven acre forest  was once on the list of potential sites for the new facility.

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Protecting Nearby Land
4:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The New River Trail

Recently Bulldozed

The New River Trail, in southwestern Virginia, runs for 57 miles from Pulaski to Galax.  It’s Virginia’s longest state park, but also its narrowest ---with a right of way just 80 feet wide in many places.

Some worry that makes it especially vulnerable to development along the trail as communities give way to pressure to trade their rural character for the promise of prosperity.

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Balancing Acidity
4:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Rivers on Rolaids

U.Va. environmental scientist Michael Pace and former U.Va. student Carol Yang conduct a water study.
Credit University of Virginia

Something surprising is happening to rivers in the eastern part of the United States.  Scientists from the Universities of Virginia and Maryland say human activities are changing the basic chemistry of the water.

In a survey of 97 rivers from Florida to New Hampshire over up to six decades, scientists have discovered the water becoming less acidic – a surprise in light of how much acid rain has fallen in this part of the world.

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