Wildlife

Elk Restoration in Southwest Virginia

Apr 6, 2014

  Wildlife officials will introduce more elk to far Southwestern Virginia later this week to help re-establish a herd there.   Elk were a popular attraction in far Southwestern Virginia during the early 1800s but they were hunted into extinction by the time of the Civil War.  The restoration effort to bring elk back is entering its third and final year.  In 2012, 16 Rocky Mountain elk were brought over from Kentucky to a 12 hundred 50 square mile preserve spanning Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise Counties.  Ten arrived last year.

Meet the Osprey

Mar 25, 2014
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

One sign of spring is the return of ospreys from their winter grounds in South America to their home on the Chesapeake Bay.  Some of the birds are now on their way to Virginia.

The 2,200 mile trip takes about two weeks for the osprey, also called fish hawks.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been tracking four birds for nearly a year-since they last arrived on the Bay.  Spokesman John Rodenhausen says Woody and Nick are already on their way back; the other two birds have yet to begin their trip.

Hunting with Hawks

Feb 19, 2014

Deer hunting season in Virginia has passed, but there’s another season underway – one that involves a powerful living weapon.

Kevin Markey stands near a cluster of trees in rural Crozet with an eye-catching creature perched on his hand.  Puka is a 5-year-old Harris hawk – two pounds of brown, white and rust feathers, beak, bones, talons – and a persistent call that just won’t quit.

Coal Ash Spill Affects Virginia and North Carolina

Feb 7, 2014
Lynchburg News and Advance

We’ve told you about a coal ash spill in Eden, North Carolina that’s worked its way into the Dan River in Danville.  Officials with Duke Energy, the company in charge of the spill, along with state and local officials, have conducted tests on the drinking water there.

Duke Energy officials will be giving an update to Danville City Council members Friday at 1pm.

Virginia is moving ahead with plans for a new highway to replace route 460, the section which runs from Petersburg to Suffolk, but environmentalists are crying foul – complaining construction will wipe-out  valuable wetlands. 

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