A look at the natural world around us.


The permit that allows the Radford Army Ammunitions Plant to burn hazardous waste from firearms outdoors is up for renewal. Community activists see an opportunity to address environmental and health concerns about the open burning – and state regulators see a chance to explore new technology to solve an old problem.

Just a handful of people turned at the Blacksburg Public Library on a recent afternoon for a meeting of the Environmental Patriots of the New River Valley.

Virginia Tech

Neighbors of turbine farms often complain about the noise they make.  Now a Virginia Tech team of researchers has come up with a way they say will dampen that sound. 

This Saturday a new icon will join the tradition in a forth of July parade. Along with the birthday cakes for America and various incarnations of things red, white and blue, will be a little known character, who symbolizes protection of rivers and streams in Virginia and beyond.

Shannon Ritter has a huge fish in her garage.


There are an estimated 17,000 bears in Virginia – most in the mountains or the Great Dismal Swamp, but they’re turning up in many places, prompting the state to offer advice on how to live peacefully with carnivores that can weigh more than 700 pounds.  

This is the time of year when hikers are most likely to bump into bears.  That’s because cubs from last year have grown to adolescents and are heading out on their own, according to Lee Walker with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. 

Avian Flu & the Poultry Industry

Jun 22, 2015

You may have noticed that your eggs cost a little more than they did a few weeks back. Those higher prices are associated with the Avian Flu outbreak that's moving from the Midwest. But it potentially could impact a lot more than the cost of eggs.

In 2002 an Avian Flu strain devastated Virginia’s poultry industry and led to the destruction of millions of birds. With this latest strain, just ONE Midwest farm surpassed that number. Virginia State Veterinarian Richard Wilkes says Virginia experts went to assist and assess the situation.