Annually for about 13 years, Virginia—like many other states—has been losing about 30% of its honey bee population to a host of problems.
Some might think that there’s no need to worry. But aside from the delicious honey they produce, bees are a major contributor to the production of Virginia agriculture, the state's top commodity.
Kill the bees, kill the economy—not to mention furthering the slow breakdown of the ecosystem. So what's leading to the decline? Virginia Tech entomologist Dr. Troy Anderson says a lot of factors are responsible.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia is one-of-a-kind, a privately funded medical facility for injured animals from across the Commonwealth.
To make ends meet, the Waynesboro Center will host a fundraiser and auction featuring some surprising items.
Buyers will have about 150 items and opportunities to choose from during Saturday’s gala and auction at Staunton’s Stonewall Jackson Hotel. There’s a South African photo safari, a behind-the-scenes day at the Wildlife Center of Virginia or a work of art from the Daily Show.
If you’re interested in birds, you’ve probably heard of the Christmas bird count. On December 25th, volunteers head out to see what feathered friends are in their area and report to a national data bank.
You may not know that a similar enterprise is underway for frogs. In fact, the North American Amphibian Monitoring Project is looking for help here in Virginia.
Since the advent of smart phones, thousands of applications have come on the market. You can buy one to help identify bird calls or constellations. Another makes random sounds -- a drum roll or a sad trombone for example.