Forestry and Gardening

It’s harvest time for tomatoes in the New River Valley. That’s not as strange as it sounds because these tomatoes are growing inside a huge greenhouse in the New River Valley.

The new venture promises to bring jobs --and more locally grown tomatoes to the region. 

 

You may have already seen tomatoes from Red Sun Farms in supermarkets. The parent company in Mexico has hundreds of acres of greenhouses there and in Canada, but this is the first time they’ll grow the fruit here. And by here, we mean Dublin Virginia.

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The sickening thud of a bird hitting a window is something most people have heard.  It may seem like an isolated incident, unless people take a closer look.

A group of volunteers at Virginia Tech has done just that.  The results are in on a survey we told you about one year ago, when they began tracking bird –window collisions at the Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is one-of-a-kind,  a privately funded medical facility for injured animals from across the Commonwealth. 

To make ends meet, the Waynesboro Center will host a fundraiser and auction featuring some surprising items.

Buyers will have about 150 items and opportunities to choose from during Saturday’s gala and auction at Staunton’s Stonewall Jackson Hotel.  There’s a South African photo safari, a behind-the-scenes day at the Wildlife Center of Virginia or a work of art from the Daily Show.

While firefighters have their hands full out west, Virginia’s gearing up for the start of a second fire season. 

Jeff Koenig has been battling forest fires for 35 years – nearly a decade here in the Shenandoah National Park .  Out west, he says, the forest dries out in summer.  Not so in Virginia.

“Y’know the leaves coming back on, the green grass, we traditionally have a lot of summer thunderstorms that keep things pretty wet around here.”

Frog Watching

Aug 25, 2014
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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