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U.S. Forest Service district biologist Shane Jones stands on an overlook high up on West Virginia’s Cheat Mountain. Behind him lush, red spruce trees stand like sentinels on this frozen landscape. As he looks out, small patches of green dot what is largely a view of the barren, brown trunks of leafless hardwoods. More than… Read More
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service is proposing new protections for two threatened species of crayfish found in the Appalachian coalfields. Under the new proposed rule, published Tuesday in the Federal Register, the agency will designate 445 miles of streams in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia as “critical habitat” for the Guyandotte River crayfish and Big… Read More
A mysterious die-off of freshwater mussels has scientists scrambling to find a cause. Freshwater mussels clean water and provide habitat to countless other species.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia wildlife official says a monthlong series of fall tours to see elk drew visitors from eight other states. Chief Logan State Park naturalist Lauren Cole says that 227 people went on the sold-out tours in September and October. The elk were at the nearby Tomlin Wildlife Management Area… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s higher elevations still have the best fall color as warmer temperatures in September delayed this year’s fall foliage display. The West Virginia Tourism Office said the best locations this weekend will be in areas such as Randolph County. Fall colors are peaking along U.S. 250 between Elkins and Durbin…. Read More
BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal biologist says federally protected vultures are invading West Virginia, having migrated from Central and South America about 45 years ago and now settling up the East Coast. Thomas Elliott is a wildlife biologist and district supervisor with the wildlife services program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and… Read More
Smithsonian researcher Anna Phillips led the recent discovery of the new medicinal species. Its superficial similarities to a North American leech species helped prevent its detection before.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Wildlife officials say a deadly virus has been detected in white-tailed deer in southern West Virginia. The state Division of Natural Resources says in a news release that the deer were found dead in Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties. It says a lab confirmed the presence of epizootic hemorrhagic disease… Read More
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says the revisions will make the landmark conservation law more efficient. Critics say it will hurt endangered plants and animals as they face mounting threats.
Janet Clayton is standing thigh-deep in a back channel of the Elk River. Clad in a wetsuit and knee pads, the silver-haired biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reaches into a bright orange mesh bag submerged in water. Inside are a half dozen mussels she plucked from the rocky river bottom. “This… Read More
Dozens of food companies have promised to stop their suppliers from clearing forests in order to grow crops or graze cattle. Now the companies have a tool to monitor those farmers from space.
By breeding and migrating earlier, some birds are adapting to climate change. But it’s probably not happening fast enough for some species to survive, according to new research.
Down bumpy back roads deep in central West Virginia, a flat, bright green pasture opens up among the rolling hills of coffee-colored trees. Wildflowers and butterflies dot the pasture, but West Virginia University Professor Jeff Skousen is here for something else that stands above the rest of the Appalachian scenery – literally. Thick stalks of… Read More
CLEVELAND (AP) – Federal geologists say an earthquake with an estimated magnitude 4 has been detected just northeast of Cleveland in Lake Erie. There were no reports immediately of damage, and the U.S. Geological Survey is collecting responses from people who felt the tremors. A magnitude 4 earthquake can cause moderate damage. The 10:50 a.m…. Read More
Meteorologists in Southern California were puzzled by the big green blob on their radar — it looked like a rainstorm on what was a clear day. Then they discovered it was beetles.
Join the Hocking College Natural and Historical Interpretation Capstone students for a FREE event at The Market on State Street celebrating the wild and wonderful workings of the winter world. The event will feature fun, educational activities for younger members of the family and will take place at the same time as the Athens Farmers… Read More
Bees exposed to a type of insecticides called neonicotinoids dramatically changed their behavior — becoming sluggish, antisocial and spending less time caring for the colony’s young, researchers say.
Fungi, Lichens and more… Explore the forest in search of fungi, lichens and other organisms that are present in the fall. Learn about the ecology and function of these often overlooked organisms.
The “Family Day in the Woods” program is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18 at Vinton Furnace State Forest. Held between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., families will enjoy a day of wagon rides, nature walks, wildfire prevention activities with Smokey the Bear and other activities. The program is free, though families are encouraged to RSVP… Read More
After carrying her calf’s corpse for an unusually long time, a “remarkably frisky” Tahlequah, or J-35, as the orca’s known, was seen Saturday chasing a school of salmon with fellow members of her pod.
Insects are nature’s masters of disguise. Take a backstage tour of the largest insect collection in America to experience nature’s most convincing mimics.
A warming climate is knocking nature’s rhythms out of sync. High in the Rocky Mountains, scientists have been tracking the impact for decades.
North America’s largest amphibian, the Hellbender salamander, is in trouble. They are endangered in several states. A team in Ohio is trying to save them before it’s too late.
Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungi networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.
Many spiders ply the skies by riding “balloons” of silk. And they rely on something more than just the wind to take them high up and far away.