Wildlife

Belly Up to the Bug Bar
4:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Cicadas on the Menu

Chocolate-Covered Cicadas

As the 17-year cicadas emerge from the ground, millions of birds will be feasting – and a few people plan to join the party.  They're  harvesting, cooking and eating these insects which experts say are high in protein, and low in fat and cholesterol.  Clever cooks have even incorporated cicadas into tacos and pizza, sushi, chili and chocolate chip cookies.

Experts say that due to the prolific use of pesticides it is not recommended to eat any bug without knowing its origins are safe.

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From Krueger Pond
1:34 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Building Bridges

If you listen to our programs on a regular basis, you know Gerry Krueger – the Albemarle County resident who has spent much of her life watching and writing about the geese on a pond near her home, including one disabled bird named Charlie. 

She also taught school and tutored children with special needs, like Sean, who lived with his deaf mother and struggled to speak, read and write. 

Today, she’s retired from teaching but has not stopped writing about the birds and about Sean.



 

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Ensuring Survival
10:49 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Happier Honey Bees

Rowan Sprague
Credit Dan Addison via UVA

With the coming of spring, bee hives across the state are buzzing, but beekeepers say the insects face another challenging season - gathering pollen from plants sprayed with pesticides, fighting off parasites and disease. 

Rowan Sprague is an engineering student whose career took a surprising turn at the University of Virginia.  That’s where she started hearing all kinds of interesting stuff about bees.

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All that noise for want of a mate
10:29 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Largest Brood of Cicadas in Virginia is Rising Up

Cicadas infest spring irises.
Credit Virginia Tech

After a long silence, one of the largest broods of Cicadas in Virginia is coming back. Brood 2 has been

slowly growing under ground for the past seventeen years and for people who are anywhere near them, it might get loud. Robbie Harris has more.

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Bald Eagles in Danger
4:43 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Poisoned Eagles

Federal and state wildlife agencies are searching for those responsible for poisoning six bald eagles last month on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 
 

Ironically, the eagles were found on a farm in Birdsnest, Virginia, a well-known migratory corridor. Eagles often arrive in late winter when food is scarce so they scavenge.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with Virginia's Department of Game and Inland Fisheries say someone may have set out poisoned bait to kill a fox or coyote but killed five eagles instead.

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