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Wild Ideas: The treefrogs are calling, and I must go

Much of the spring, I have felt like a private eye specializing in divorce cases — stalking animals, camera in hand, to try to catch them in flagrante delicto. One evening last week, it was the calling of gray treefrogs…
April showers bring May flowers

May is the time to think about flower gardening. The threat of frost will be behind us by the 10th and the instant gratification of setting out plants that are already beginning to bloom just feels good.
Be Bear Aware

Virginia is home to a healthy population of black bears – one of our biggest conservation success stories. Black bears are found almost everywhere throughout the Commonwealth, so it is common for people to live, work and play in bear…
This Rural Life: Raising backyard birds

By Kristin Erlitz When asked the question “Why would you ever want to own poultry?” it’s tempting to start listing all the textbook benefits of backyard birds, but we know that’s not really why you start down the path of…
Finding local food

Local food is a hot topic of discussion nowadays. More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of sourcing food locally — from boosting their community’s economy to having a smaller ecological ‘footprint.’
Bee Happy: Come watch the bees

Wow! This season has been a roller coaster of a ride for not only our bees but for us as well. It seems as if the weather changes from one day to the next, with temperatures ranging in the 70s…