In this week’s Wild Ideas column, Pam Owen contemplates what constitutes a “pest” is and the vagaries managing them.
While the heat and humidity of the past few weeks may have been crushing for us humans, it has kicked off the courting calls of many insects, while others have been busy farming.
Littering, especially with plastic trash, not only mars the beauty of our natural landscapes but also threatens the health of our ecosystems.
When Old Rag Master Naturalists began preparing Rappahannock County’s annual butterfly count this year, they added a new event — a special kids’ count, held July 16.
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.
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.
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.
Having a passion for nature can be rewarding in many ways, but now scientists are finding that being out in nature offers real health benefits.
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.
At this time of year, keeping up with what’s blooming can be difficult, and exhausting but also very rewarding, in this week's Wild Ideas column.
Despite a snow squall, Pam Owen recently enjoyed two nature walks along the Shenandoah River, led by plant experts from the Virginia Native Plant Society, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.