Environment

Chesapeake Bay Tracking Program
3:59 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Meet the Osprey

Credit Chesapeake Bay Foundation

One sign of spring is the return of ospreys from their winter grounds in South America to their home on the Chesapeake Bay.  Some of the birds are now on their way to Virginia.

The 2,200 mile trip takes about two weeks for the osprey, also called fish hawks.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been tracking four birds for nearly a year-since they last arrived on the Bay.  Spokesman John Rodenhausen says Woody and Nick are already on their way back; the other two birds have yet to begin their trip.

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A Weekend for Nature Lovers
1:27 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Celebrating Woodlands

Credit Courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation

There’s a big weekend ahead for those who love trees, with a Historic Tree symposium in Charlottesville, a lecture in Blacksburg, and an Old Growth Forest walk at Montpelier.

James Madison’s family thought nothing of clearing the woods around their plantation in 1723.  In fact, most Americans viewed trees as an impediment to farming, but a convenient source of building materials and food.  Later in life, Madison would come to regret that view.  Horticulturist Sandy Mudrinich reads what he had to say on the subject.

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Green Burial
3:41 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Get A Life Cycle

Image from the film "Dying Green"

Going green is usually something that gets us from point A to B; whether further on lightening the load on the planet or farther down the road in a cleaner, greener car.  

When put in the context of end-of-life choices though,  going green is a sustainable burial practice in which we leave behind a carbon footprint that is absorbed naturally.

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Visit to Fox Island
10:21 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Chesapeake Bay Does the Teaching

Teachers from New York to West Virginia are taking their classrooms to a remote island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Students get hands-on environmental learning while experiencing some Lord of the Flies moments.

Eighteen seventh graders from rural Virginia are dredging for oysters on a windy, cold day. A few are seasick but when the oysters are hauled up they rise to the occasion.

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VT Team Loooks at Climate Change
9:44 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Pulse of the Amazon

NASA has asked Scientists to look at how record flooding AND droughts in the last decade are affecting the Amazon River.

They’ll be studying the affects of climate change on the vast river might mean for rivers in the U.S.  

Despite the devastation of the Amazon rainforest, the  River itself, remains relatively pristine when it comes to it’s hydrology, the water’s natural flow

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