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Wild Ideas: Wildlife in the snowpocalypse

After Winter Storm Jonas, Pam Owen was eager to get out and see how our local wildlife fared up on the mountain where she lives but also found navigating the deep snow a challenge, in this week's Wild Ideas column.
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.
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.