Preservation

Coral Reefs off the Coast of Virginia
10:59 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Mapping the Ocean

Captain Monty Hawkins
Credit Nature Conservancy

There's been lots of reporting on the decline of coral reefs in tropical seas.  Now comes word that we have coral right off the coast of Virginia -- an important piece of news for fishermen and for environmentalists who are mapping the oceans.

 

On a sunny weekday  last summer, Captain Monty Hawkins prepared to take fishermen cruising off the coast of Virginia and Maryland.

“Hey, Jay.  Tell those boys to throw the lines off.”

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Environment
1:48 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Keeping Virginia Bees Buzzing

photo by Beverly Amsler

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports nearly one third of Virginia’s honey bee colonies died last winter.  But one Floyd County beekeeper had a better survival rate. 

Turn into Mark Chorba’s driveway and you pass a pond with ducks and geese, and chickens stroll around in the front yard.  In the grass behind the farmhouse are stacks of boxes of various heights holding hundreds of thousands of bees. 

“So what do you want to do?”

“Let’s go see the bees.”

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Voting Ends Saturday
12:32 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

VA's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts

Kegley Family Buggy, 1900
Credit Historical Society of Western Virginia

Public online voting ends Saturday, to make a pick for some of the unique relics vying for the title of Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts.

The program is sponsored by the Virginia Association of Museums—and  while a designation doesn’t come with any award money, officials say it has helped in fundraising efforts and applying for grants.

Just a few of the items among the nominees: a tombstone of the founder of Virginia Tech, regalia of the Pamunkey Indian Trip, a 1930s German Box Car, a D-Day landing map….and a 1905 Steinway piano.

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Maintaining & Researching Family Plots
9:59 am
Mon March 31, 2014

The Graves of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd County

There are about 70 graveyards along the Blue Ridge Parkway from around Roanoke south to the North Carolina border. Back in the 30s the state bought the land and “homeplaces” and then in turn donated it to the federal government for the parkway.

Steven Kidd, an Archeologist for the Blue Ridge Parkway, says they are now wanting to both maintain and research the family plots.

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Part 1 of 3
5:36 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Vanishing Way of Life on the Eastern Shore

Much is made of Maryland's Eastern Shore... but what about our own Eastern Shore, right here in Virginia?

As Rebecca Sheir  tells us, the area has a rich and storied past... especially when it comes to a special chain of islands between the Virginia peninsula and the Atlantic Ocean.

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