Environment

New Species
4:17 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Frog Watching

Southern Leopard Frog
Credit Photo by Nick Scobel

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.

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Parasitic Science
3:55 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

How Plants Communicate

Credit Jim Westwood

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. 

 

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Environment
7:18 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Floyd Fights Proposed Pipeline

Credit http://www.floydvirginia.com/

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.

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Environment
8:27 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Nelson County Residents Receive Update on Pipeline Proposal

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. 

  

 

 

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Celebrating Forestry
9:47 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Art of Smokey Bear

Credit Rudy Wendelin, Trees Give Us Many Things, National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Virginia Department of Forestry celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and fans of the forests will mark the 70th birthday of the best known fire fighter – Smokey Bear. 

Since he was introduced to the American public 70 years ago, Smokey’s been portrayed by a number of artists, but it was a Virginia painter, Rudy Wendelin, who made this bear the icon he is today.

“He made him more human, he has fingers, he smiles, he wears blue jeans, he has a shovel, and as we say, a little less bear-like.”

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