With the frequent unseasonable warm spells, spring is changing the natural landscape overnight and setting the stage for Earth Day and other celebrations of nature and science coming up this weekend and next.
“Fighting the banality of ‘blue-sky thinking,” Pam Owen finds there’s nothing like the drama of a few cumulonimbus clouds butting heads during a thunderstorm or a dark, thick shelf cloud ominously heading her way, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
In a continuing effort to find fairly short, easy hikes, Pam Owen and her friend Robin Williams decided to hike the lower part of Whiteoak Canyon Trail and found some rocky challenges.
Wildflower and amphibian reproduction has been an on-and-off affair this year, but is picking up pace now that spring truly seems to have arrived, in this week's Wild Ideas column.
Although it’s still a bit early for spring nature walks, some interesting nature-related events are on the calendar, in this week's Wild Ideas column.
With the warm weather, wood frogs are in a breeding frenzy, and other animals and plants are emerging early from winter dormancy, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
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.