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Nature lessons are life lessons

Local arborist and wildlife expert Lyt Wood, who is hosting the 31st annual Rappahannock Nature Camp June 13-24 on his 11-acre Singing Creek Farm, at the Hazel River’s edge two miles west of Rt. 231 in Sperryville.
Candid critter camera

A golden eagle returned to The Farm at Sunnyside in Washington on Jan. 2, and was photographed by a trail camera feasting on deer guts, almost exactly a year apart from the last golden eagle trail-cam sighting on the farm.
Wild Ideas: Spiders in the snow

Depending on the species, spiders can spend the winter dormant in any of their three life stages — egg, juvenile or adult — or stay active, even walking across snow, in this week's Wild Ideas.
Photos: Unleaded Cuisine

A couple of days before Christmas, wildlife cameras at The Farm at Sunnyside captured two bald eagles, a red tailed hawk, several ravens and a collection of crows negotiating over a fresh carcass. Sunnyside’s Nick Lapham writes the cameras are,…
Wild Ideas: Ah, spring

Temps were hovering around 70, and, up on the mountain, hepatica and mushrooms were blooming and wood frogs are calling for mates. Down on my deck, some unidentified little black bugs were biting the heck out of me as I…
Wild Ideas: Good reads for long winter nights

Although this winter is forecast to be mild, a good pile of nature books to read can help with the season’s long nights. See what’s on Pam Owen’s winter reading list in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
Wild Ideas: Baby, it’s warm outside

While we humans may have enjoyed the warmest October on record, rising temperatures threaten the existence of some native wildlife, which does not bode well for us in the long run, in this week's Wild Ideas column.
Wild Ideas: On the big-tree hunt

Pam Owen joined the Second Sunday nature walk, hosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, this month to hunt for “Big Trees” in Page County, in this week’s Wild Ideas.
Wild Ideas: Fall park takes

Knowing it could be that fall foliage would soon be gone, Pam Owen grabbed her camera and headed up to Shenandoah National Park, in this week's Wild Ideas.