If you’re interested in birds, you’ve probably heard of the Christmas bird count. On December 25th, volunteers head out to see what feathered friends are in their area and report to a national data bank.
You may not know that a similar enterprise is underway for frogs. In fact, the North American Amphibian Monitoring Project is looking for help here in Virginia.
Your garden may be a peaceful spot, but there’s a lot of chatter going on in those plant beds, even though it’s out of humans’ earshot. Scientists know that plants actually communicate. Now, at Virginia Tech, they’re finding out more about how they do it.
Proposed natural gas pipelines that would carry fuel from West Virginia to North Carolina have raised protest all over the state. In Floyd, residents are seeing unmarked trucks with unidentified drivers showing up on their land asking to do a site survey, presumably for siting of the pipeline. The town is calling upon the power companies behind to explain their intentions.
It has the feel of a stealth operation. Power companies Next Era Energy and EQT have still not contacted town leaders but surveyors have visited landowners who own property along the proposed route.
Residents in Nelson County have been pressing Dominion Resources for information about a potential natural-gas pipeline slated to run through the county – and The Daily Progress reports that a Dominion spokesperson did provide some answers in a public meeting yesterday.