Virginia was once a big producer of bay scallops, but around 1930 a disease hit the sea grass beds that were home to those shellfish, and in 1933, two big storms wiped them out. Today, scientists report early success in bringing the grass beds back – and with them, the scallops.
Thirty-eight-year-old Bo Lusk grew up on the Eastern Shore, hearing stories about scallops.
Something surprising is happening to rivers in the eastern part of the United States. Scientists from the Universities of Virginia and Maryland say human activities are changing the basic chemistry of the water.
In a survey of 97 rivers from Florida to New Hampshire over up to six decades, scientists have discovered the water becoming less acidic – a surprise in light of how much acid rain has fallen in this part of the world.
The New River Trail, in southwestern Virginia, runs for 57 miles from Pulaski to Galax. It’s Virginia’s longest state park, but also its narrowest ---with a right of way just 80 feet wide in many places.
Some worry that makes it especially vulnerable to development along the trail as communities give way to pressure to trade their rural character for the promise of prosperity.
As firefighters battle huge blazes in the west, officials at our nearest national park are preparing to set fire to one of the most beautiful parts of the Shenandoah – the Big Meadows, an ecosystem found nowhere else in the world.
There was a time in history when Smokey Bear was the second most recognized character in America – behind Santa Claus.
Scientists on the Eastern Shore are watching the skies for shore birds now winging their way to South America. Thanks to satellites and transmitters, it’s possible to track their travels, and as experts learn more about the birds’ migration, they hope to better protect species in decline.
On a windy night last spring, a group of scientists sat on a dock in Machipongo on Virginia’s Eastern Shore –peering through binoculars, sipping wine and watching for whimbrels.