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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.
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.
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…
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.
Wild Ideas: A matter of perspective

Changing our perspective, opening our minds to look at nature in a different way, can be instrumental in plumbing nature's mysteries, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.