Diadromous Fish: What is that?

Diadromous Fish: What is that?

The Rappahannock River is one of nine major river systems in Virginia and most importantly the one that we live in. It contains many types of fish that people enjoy everyday in the forms of recreational fishing and consumption, or just to look at. There is a group of...
Starting Environmental Education Early: It’s Toddler Time!

Starting Environmental Education Early: It’s Toddler Time!

Please keep off the dunes. To me these signs are synonymous with going to the beach. They’re posted every so often in the sandy hills near the shore to remind people to use designated walkways. As a child my parents explained these signs to me, and I learned why I...
BUZZZZ…. Protecting Pollinators

BUZZZZ…. Protecting Pollinators

Maintaining a colony of flying, stinging insects may not seem an enjoyable pastime, but it is one that I have chosen to pursue. After being exposed to beekeeping online, I learned of the threats to pollinators, worldwide, and the fulfillment of the beekeeping...
Raising Kids Who Will Love Their Mother Earth

Raising Kids Who Will Love Their Mother Earth

Motherhood.   There is no other endeavor that can bring so much joy, frustration, pride, worry, excitement, exhaustion, and love to your life all at the same time.   Day to day I don’t always notice the ways that my kids have integrated the values they have learned...
Safety on the Rappahannock River

Safety on the Rappahannock River

It’s that time of year when the weather and water starts getting warmer and everyone is itching to get outside! Many of you will even spend times along the Rappahannock or on the Rappahannock in the coming months, so it’s important to remember a few key river...
Are you down to Earth?

Are you down to Earth?

Earth Day. The welcome peak of the spring season. The dogwoods are blooming everywhere I look. Trees’ immature leaves and buds are gaining that shade of green that is only rivalled by the daffodils and tulips that line every street. Ducklings and goslings peck...
ALL ABOUT SHAD!

ALL ABOUT SHAD!

As spring comes to the Rappahannock river community, you’re probably hearing a lot about a fish called the shad. You may also be wondering, what is a shad? How do you catch one? Can I eat it?   Here are a few facts about the shad you may not have known.  ...
Spring Bloomers; Blink and You’ll Miss Them

Spring Bloomers; Blink and You’ll Miss Them

As I write this at the end of February we are being teased by the occasional warm day, giving us a sense that Spring is just around the corner.  Our riparian forest is still bare and the Winter sunlight reaches down to a carpet of Fall leaves.   Just under that...

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