For the first time in more than a decade, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologists are putting radio collars on female bears to collect data and track potential surrogate moms for rescued orphan cubs.
Taking part in outdoor summer activities can be challenging in Virginia, from dealing with high heat and summer deluges to avoiding stinging and biting insects and poison ivy rashes.
Here in the United States, we feel beleaguered by invasive species that have been introduced from elsewhere, but our eastern gray squirrel has shown that this is not a one-way street, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
After overwintering three giant swallowtail caterpillars that had pupated, Slate Mills resident Robin Williams sees two emerge from their chrysalises as healthy adults this spring, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
It’s time to register for the sixth annual Little Washington-Rappahannock County butterfly count, hosted by the Old Rag Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists (ORMN).
Amissville's carnival next week; neighbors visit free this weekend at SNP; a Meredith Gorfein memorial program; choirs at Castleton; berries, bunnies and more in this week's The Rapp.
Where does a shorebird nest when it’s far away from the shore? In a driveway, of course, as explained in this week's Wild Ideas column.
An Artisan Trail open-door tour, getting ready for July 4th, a wild (and free) concert June 17 and more in this week's The Rapp.
Pam Owen catches up with some nature news, including the origin of domestic dogs and a mantis named for a justice of the Supreme Court, along with some nature walks in our area.
Last week, Pam Owen looked up from working on her computer and found herself staring into the eyes of a large black snake perched on the windowsill a few feet away.
As the town of Washington prepares for a public hearing next month on a contract to sell most of the Avon Hall estate it purchased 14 years ago, the buyers said last week that public use of the pond and…
In a Sperryville farm field last week, poppies provide the perfect contrast to the deep green of a very wet spring.
In the past few weeks, Pam Owen has had some interesting encounters with some amazing fungi, a magnificent millipede, a snapping turtle that mysteriously disappeared and some finicky orchids.
As spring ramps up, it's a great time to take advantage of upcoming birding and wildflower walks in our area, along with two native-plant sales, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
A foggy, soggy morning in Castleton last weekend.
Birdsong is starting to fill the air as summer breeders arrive and other birds migrate through on their way north, but sorting out the songs can be tricky, as Pam Owen found out in this week’s Wild Ideas column.