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.
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.
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.