Wildlife

Environment
11:58 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Fox Penning in Virginia

One of the most contentious issues the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has faced in recent years, is regulation of an activity known as ‘Fox Hound Training.” 

Opponents call it “Fox Penning” and consider it a cruel practice for the animals involved.  Supporters say their dogs are being trained to hunt under controlled conditions aimed at protecting all the animals involved. The DGIF board will vote Thursday on new safety requirements proposed at its meeting in March. 

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Public Invited to the Pool Party
5:10 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Blue Ridge Swim Club Celebrates a Century

Credit Blue Ridge Swim Club

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.  

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Festival of the Photograph
10:39 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise are an exotic family of feathered friends found only in Papua New Guinea, but this summer, some of them have landed in the trees on Charlottesville’s downtown mall.  

Male Birds of Paradise are perhaps the prettiest creatures of their kind – with crazy, colorful plumage, precision dance moves and a piercing song that appeals to the less colorful females.

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Trout Season
2:29 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

The Big Catch

I could hear Tony tearing up the trail from Squirrel Creek toward our campsite in the middle of a blueberry patch in remote Avery County, North Carolina. All the forest creatures could hear him, too.

Tony was anything but subtle when he’d caught a fish and he wanted every thrush, every gray squirrel, every white-tail deer, every groundhog and—most of all—me to know he’d hooked a penny-bright, native, feisty rainbow trout.

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Wildlife Center of Virginia
11:18 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Cubs on Camera

Wildlife Center of Virginia

It’s spring, and that means business for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, where hundreds of animals – many of them babies -- are brought for treatment of injuries or illness. This year veterinarians are caring for a record number of bear cubs, the public is invited to watch.

On a sunny afternoon in May, a small, light brown bear climbs around her cage – trying to find a way out.  She was confiscated from someone who tried to keep her as a pet, and Amanda Nicholson, director of outreach for the center, says this baby is not native to these parts.

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