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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.
Peeper portrait

Among the 20 finalists chosen last week in Piedmont Environmental Council’s annual photo contest is “Peeper on Lichen,” shot by 17-year-old Ryan Garvin of Sperryville.
Wild Ideas: Children explore nature at CCLC

Early this year Amissville resident Christina Bird Loock, with the support of the staff and board, brought a full-time nature-based program, Children-in-Nature, to the Child Care and Learning Center.
Fiery road

Along the Keyser Run fire road near Washington this week, the oak, hickory and maple foliage was aflame with the colors of fall.
Wild Ideas: A visit to a Piedmont prairie

Despite recent temperature plunges, some summer and early-fall flora are still blooming. Last week, my friend Robin Williams and I decided to see what was still in bloom and what had gone to seed in a Piedmont mafic prairie in…
Letter: Speeding on Main Street

Last Friday afternoon I was working at a house on Main Street in Washington. Sitting on the tailgate of my vehicle looking in my toolbox, I heard what sounded like a galloping horse coming in my direction. I looked up…
Rangers rooting out ginseng poachers

Shenandoah National Park rangers have cited 28 poachers this year alone, including a number in recent weeks, in a crackdown on those who illegally harvest wild ginseng root, treasured for its medicinal qualities.
Wild Ideas: Here be giants

Rappahannock County resident Robin Williams made a startling discovery last month in her pollinator garden: a giant was circling a tree there . . . a giant swallowtail butterfly, that is.