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.
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.
For those of us who do not consider ourselves birders, just sorting out common species can be a challenge, and the rarer ones even more so, as Pam Owen explores in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
Although many insects have wound down their reproductive activities, some are still going at it or just getting started, including one small bug-eyed monster, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
In checking her email inbox recently, Pam Owen found lots of news about birds, including finches that talk to their eggs, and about bold tadpoles and art exhibitions celebrating the National Park Service’s centennial, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
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.