Finding a tiny, jewel-like spider on her deck sends Pam Owen on a hunt for its identity, in this week’s Wild Ideas.
What does it take to be a licensed wildlife rehabilitator? A little bit of crazy mixed with a whole lot of passion for animals, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
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.
With summer now in full swing, and a recent dry, sunny spell replacing the almost-daily deluges of rain, insects and other animals are out and about.
Rescuing wild birds can be a complex task, as three Rappahannock residents found out recently.
What do you do when you find a skink, with eggs, in an inconvenient location?
Recently Pam Owen ran into three different small animals in two days that reminded her that size is relative, in this week’s Wild Ideas.
Backlit by the ethereal light of dawn and magnified by dew, the invertebrate world can take on a whole new perspective, in this week’s Wild Ideas.
Signs of reproductive success among many plants, animals and fungi were plentiful this spring. Ticks and gnats seem to have had a really good start this year . . . unfortunately. And despite the predation I witnessed by native birds…
While there are many great native plants that attract butterflies, there is one genus that is a star in this regard — milkweed. Historically loathed by farmers, some have beautiful blooms and offer great value to wildlife.
The eastern wood-pewee, a drab little forest bird with a distinctive call, is rarely seen but often heard throughout the forests of eastern North America during the spring and summer.
There are two species of fox in our area — the gray fox and the red fox, but figuring out which is which is not as easy as their common names imply, as Pam Owen explains in this week’s Wild…
An insect that can be a nuisance to humans can be a boon to wildlife, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
As beautiful native wildflowers continue to pop up and bloom, it’s tempting to pick them, or move them into our gardens for our viewing pleasure. But if you care about these natural treasures, don’t!
While the green line of leaves that marks spring’s progress up the mountains has not yet reached Skyline Drive, more wildflowers are blooming at lower elevations, and migratory songbirds are returning, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
Some native woodland wildflowers are getting a jump on their larger neighbors, sprouting up and blooming before the canopy above them closes. Pam Owen gives some suggestions on where to find these spring ephemerals in this week’s Wild Ideas column.