Exploring Nature

Exploring Nature, January 2022

Exploring Nature, January 2022

By mid-January, the wintering eagle population peaks in Virginia.Look at snowflake designs under a microscope.Bucks are shedding their antlers.January and February are the most popular months to...

Exploring Nature, December 2021

Exploring Nature, December 2021

December through March is an especially good time to watch for Northern lights.Christmas Bird Counts are occurring this month.Make bird treats, and maintain feeding stations.Plan for and provide...

Exploring Nature, November 2021

Exploring Nature, November 2021

Monarch butterfly migration photo © Javarman/Dreamstime.com. Saw-whet Owls are being banded during migration.Harvest season for ginseng runs through December 31. Obey local laws.Bobwhite Quail live...

Exploring Nature, October 2021

Exploring Nature, October 2021

Photo ©Kevin Shank The Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountains will likely be ablaze in peak fall foliage color the second or third weekend.October is the peak migration time for hawks,...

Exploring Nature, September 2021

Exploring Nature, September 2021

Beautiful autumn foliage is coming to the New England states.Blue-winged Teal are long-distance migrants; therefore, one of the first to migrate south. By September, large flocks are arriving in...

Exploring Nature, Summer

Exploring Nature, Summer

Children in Iceland rescue young puffins at night that are attracted to town lights, and release them at coast in the morning.Watch for noctilucent clouds through August.Salmon are running in Alaska...

Exploring Nature, Summer

Exploring Nature, Summer

Photo © Kevin Shank. The Great Migration of Wildebeests are at the banks of the Grumeti River. Here they pass through crocodile-infested water.Black-light for moths.Sugar for moths. Add yeast to...

Exploring Nature, Spring

Exploring Nature, Spring

Photo © Kevin Shank Skunk cabbage is in bloom late winter and early spring.Woodcocks begin doing their courtship displays.Mid-to-late March grizzlies come out of hibernation.400,000-600,000 Sandhill...