The continual whiplash of record-breaking heat followed by plunging temperatures is confusing some plants and critters but is also offering good opportunities for getting out and enjoying nature, and even resetting your biological clock, in this week's Wild Ideas column.
The approaching pollen season, a Twitter hashtag for actual living scientists and an amazing miniseries on PBS’ “Nature” catches Pam Owen's attention in in this week's Wild Ideas.
With a new dog, Pam Owen has faced some challenges, as she describes in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
Noting the mood swings in the weather so far this winter, and the recent release of a global climate report, Pam Owen ponders the forecast for rest of the winter in this week’s “Wild Ideas” column.
Find out about upcoming nature events, what to feed birds in winter, how a butterfly’s scales help it fly, bat chatter, a car driven by a scent-seeking moth and more in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
Along with some great books on birds, the Rappahannock County Public Library has also added some fascinating, useful books on insects, amphibian larvae and plants to its Conservation Collection, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
Pam Owen’s reviews books added to the Rappahannock County Public Library’s Conservation Collection, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
Looking for a relatively short, easy hike in Shenandoah National Park, Pam Owen and a friend explored Pine Hill Gap Trail, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
Pam Owen ponders what animals make mysterious holes and scratch marks, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
Sometimes what is most helpful in identifying a tree — its leaves — can actually be a hindrance when it’s in a forest full of foliage, as Pam Owen found out in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
In case you missed it (and it was hard to miss), last Sunday (Nov. 13) our clear skies in Rappahannock County gave us a great view of what is often called a “supermoon.”
Pam Owen explores the glory of rocks in Death Valley, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
Despite anecdotal evidence that weather might have lowered numbers for this year’s Rappahannock County butterfly count, the totals were down a bit but held no big surprises, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
When Pam Owen went to Death Valley National Park earlier this month, she didn’t expect the first animal she’d see to be a monarch butterfly and wondered what they were doing there, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
In this week’s Wild Ideas column, two Rappahannock residents discover reptile eggs in their compost pile, but from which species?
Monarch butterflies are migrating through our area. Have their numbers increased, or are we just more aware of them? Find out more about their migration in this week’s Wild Ideas column.