Volume 24 Issue 3, Summer 2019 by Tami Carlow Monarch butterflyPhoto by Steve Allen I was talking on the phone with my dad the other day when he said something that was quite striking. He relayed some observations without a prompt or question from me. My dad, like so many of us, sleeps with […]
News and updates from the Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance.
Volume 24 Issue 3, Summer 2019 by Anne Owen, Coordinator, Audubon at Home Program General awareness is growing of the crisis facing our native pollinator insects and butterflies, and the knock-on effects for our environment. Encouragingly, more homeowners are becoming interested in replacing sterile, traditional landscaping with native plants that can nourish and support these […]
The flat, crystal clear water between the southern tip of Florida and the Florida Keys is called Florida Bay, where fresh water from America’s Everglades mingles with the salty Gulf of Mexico. The bay’s shallow, turquoise waters are among the most important coastal estuaries in Florida, providing a home for a vast array of wildlife, […]
At the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge in coastal southeast Texas, a three-mile stretch of restored dunes and renourished beaches held up to the battering winds and torrential rains of Hurricane Harvey. Completed just a few months prior to Harvey’s wrath, this restoration project withstood the storm’s impacts and will continue benefiting wildlife and people! The […]
Sometimes little things can make a big difference. Forage fish – like mullet, shad, herring, and sardines – although themselves tiny, are essential to the ocean’s entire food web. At the base of the food web are plankton. Forage fish eat plankton, and then larger animals eat forage fish. At some level, everything else basically […]
Nearly 30 area conservation groups and land trusts met June 20 at Shenandoah University’s Cool Spring Campus for a summit of the Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance. They gathered to explore more cooperation and collaboration to protect what is considered one of the most threatened mountain landscapes in the Eastern Seaboard, the Blue Ridge and surrounding […]
On June 15th Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains helped sponsor the Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival at B Chord Brewery. The Festival celebrated the Town of Round Hill receiving the coveted designation from the ATC as an “Appalachian Trail Community.” The Blackburn Center on the Blue Ridge above Round Hill is a favorite overnight destination for […]
Not everyone knows about how the Appalachian Trail helps keep our landscape whole. Wild East can change that.
Make You Voice Heard People throughout the northern Blue Ridge are coming together in ways never before seen in our region. That’s because the proposed Rockwool insulation plant is more than a local planning issue. Its air pollution and disruption to highway transportation would impact the Two Rivers community in three states and beyond — […]
Rockwool Announces Open Houses Jefferson County, WV — Facing intense and mounting pressure from local residents, and rising concern among community groups over the development of a planned 460,000-square-foot insulation factory on 130 acres in Ranson, W.Va., Rockwool has scheduled a series of open houses. All are open to the public. The dates are: Thursday August […]