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Associated Press

The Shenandoah National Park recently closed two trails because of reports that bears were getting too close to hikers. In Charlottesville, a bear was spotted outside a busy shopping center, and another turned up on the campus of James Madison University. These normally shy creatures who live on acorns and berries are taking unusual liberties with people.

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Local health departments are warning that this is baby bat season, increasing the risk of contracting rabies. More than fifty people have been treated in one public health district alone.

Birding on Virginia's Warbler Road

May 13, 2016
Jessica Ausura

There is a route that starts on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 78-point-4 and runs to the James River in Arcadia. This 13 mile path is known among birders as Warbler Road.  May is migration and nesting season for birds and somewhat of a migration season for birders. Tab O'Neal reports from an unmarked road off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

For more information about Warbler Road

Creating a Welcoming Environment for Owls

Mar 10, 2016
https://swvawildlifecenter.org/

Most owls are nocturnal and we're lucky to see them. We usually hear them.
That's the great horned owl with a "Who! Who!" we associate with owls. But these are the other owls in Virginia.

(owl sounds)

That was the Barn, Eastern Screech, and Barred Owl.  According to Sabrina Garvin, Executive Director of Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center, those four raptors are not only majestic but vital: