A plan for a new indoor football practice space at Virginia Tech will be recommended to the Board of Visitors at its meeting on Monday. The controversial building proposal has environmentalists concerned that the adjacent old growth forest could be at risk.
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.
Pine forests were once common in this part of the world -- from New Jersey to Florida and west to Texas. It was a rich environment for a small and smart little woodpecker that is now endangered.
When settlers first arrived in what is now the American southeast, they found 90 million acres of mature pines – the perfect material for home and ship construction – and something that had to come down so the newcomers could farm. Today, only 3% of that ecosystem remains.
What’s now known as the “environmental movement” took root decades ago. Today, more young people than ever before are interested in careers in this field. But it’s a career path, which relatively few people of color choose to pursue.
The College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech held a national conference to explore the future of diversity in careers related to the environment. Dean Paul Winistorfer says more needs to be done to interest minorities in this growing field.
This weekend, Charlottesville celebrates a surprising birthday and is inviting the public to a party.
Even for residents of nearby Charlottesville, the Blue Ridge Swim Club may be a surprise – a one-of-a-kind place where cicadas, tree frogs and birds provide a natural soundtrack.
At the end of an unpaved, single lane off Owensville Road in Ivy, you park in the grass and follow a winding path down a hill, through a forest of old growth trees to a fresh water pool the length of a football field.