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WILD IDEAS: What’s tossed around, comes around

I had business near Woodville recently that led to my driving back roads in the area around dawn and dusk for a couple of weeks. The gently rolling hills along the route are mostly pastures, with cows and horses, and wildflowers grow in fallow fields, which made this an enjoyable drive. […]

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Disease carrying mosquitoes love standing water

Dr. Wade Kartchner, Director of the Rappahannock/Rapidan Health District, recently gave a presentation to the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors about the Zika virus. As of Thursday, June 9, 2016, the Virginia Department of Health has reported 25 cases of Zika virus disease in Virginia residents to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) (3 in Northwest Region, 14 in Northern Region, 1 in Eastern Region, 5 in Central Region and 2 in Southwest Region).

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Wild Ideas: Nature notes: Chestnut restoration, dog origins and more

With the return of rain this weekend, I decided to spend some time inside catching up on the nature news that has been landing in my email inbox for the last couple of weeks. The stories that caught my eye were about chestnut restoration, the origin of domestic dogs and a mantis named for a justice of the Supreme Court, along with some nature walks in our area. […]

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Wild Ideas: Nature as medicine |

Having a passion for nature can be rewarding in many ways, but now scientists studying the relatively new discipline of “environmental psychology” (aka “ecopsychology”) are finding that being out in nature has real health benefits. […]

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As spring warms up, snakes emerge

Recently I was rambling around in back of my house, on Oventop Mountain. In navigating the many fallen logs and piles of stones up there, I kept my eye out for snakes, although I thought it was still a bit early for them to be out. As much as I love them, I have no desire to step on them, for both our sakes. […]

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Virginia Historic Garden Week celebrated in Orange-Culpeper

In the heart of the Virginia Piedmont, the Town of Culpeper is home to this year’s tour as part of Historic Garden Week in Virginia. This driving tour, which takes place on Culpeper’s outskirts, honors both its past and its future. From a pre-Civil War manor house to a modern 21st-century one, from intimate secret gardens to grand landscapes incorporating trees and sweeping Blue Ridge views, visitors can appreciate country living in the Piedmont. All properties are on the tour for the first time. […]