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.”
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.
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.