Having a passion for nature can be rewarding in many ways, but now scientists are finding that being out in nature offers real health benefits.
In the past few weeks, Pam Owen has had some interesting encounters with some amazing fungi, a magnificent millipede, a snapping turtle that mysteriously disappeared and some finicky orchids.
As spring ramps up, it's a great time to take advantage of upcoming birding and wildflower walks in our area, along with two native-plant sales, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
At this time of year, keeping up with what’s blooming can be difficult, and exhausting but also very rewarding, in this week's Wild Ideas column.
Despite a snow squall, Pam Owen recently enjoyed two nature walks along the Shenandoah River, led by plant experts from the Virginia Native Plant Society, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
Birdsong is starting to fill the air as summer breeders arrive and other birds migrate through on their way north, but sorting out the songs can be tricky, as Pam Owen found out in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
News of upcoming training for a frog-monitoring program and more dire news about our planet — a newly discovered cause of Lyme disease, and a potential ozone hole opening up above the Arctic — is in this week’s Wild Ideas…
Pam Owen explores Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
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.
Microplastics threaten oysters, and upcoming nature events include the Great Backyard Bird Count, conservation forums and woodland walks, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
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: Nature notes: Citizen science projects, climate change harbingers and hope for honeybees
Citizen science projects for 2016, thriving weeds and migrating bugs indicate climate change and a new strain of honeybees spells hope for future colony health, in this week's Wild Ideas.
Has the spindly cellar spider, common in American homes, added brown marmorated stink bugs to its diet?
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…
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.
Why do dogs have a such a great sense of smell? Find out in this week's Wild Ideas column.