The Nature of Things

The Nature of Things
12:59 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Pet Turtles

Red Eared Slider
Credit Wikipedia

  Red-eared sliders are semi-aquatic turtles that get their name from the small red dash by their ears. They are the most popular pet turtle in the U.S., and are also the most popular type of turtle rescue organizations receive calls about.


The Nature of Things
12:59 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Shad

Credit The Bay Journal

Fishing for American shad, the largest member of the herring family, off Deer Creek was a spring rite of passage for me as a boy. My grandfather and I would spend hours catching the thin, metallic fish with dark spots on its shoulder.

The Nature of Things
3:45 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Credit Wikipedia

One of our listening area’s coolest native wildflowers comes with many names. Memory root. Brown dragon. Bog onion. Indian turnip. Pepper turnip. Cobra lily. American wake robin. Cuckoo pint.


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The Nature of Things
2:19 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Skunks

Credit Fairfax County Public Schools

Skunks are legendary for their powerful predator-deterrent – an oily, hard-to-remove, horrible-smelling spray.


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The Nature of Things
5:40 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Spring Ephemerals

Credit Wildflower.org

  With the arrival of spring’s warmth, buds and blooms begin to develop. Beauty blankets the floor of the deciduous woodlands in our listening area. The native wildflowers that come first known as spring ephemerals.


The Nature of Things
3:41 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Project Clean Stream

Project Clean Stream is a wonderful opportunity to learn, pick up litter and help everyone better understand their connection to the Chesapeake. Every day, our decisions affect the health of the Bay and its watershed.


The Nature of Things
5:14 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Salamanders

Credit New Hampshire Wildlife

One of the more peculiar native animals in our listening area seems like it could have come from the inspired imagination of a Hollywood director.


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The Nature of Things
2:18 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Robins

Credit Wikipedia

The quintessential early bird, robins are North America’s largest thrushes. They are distinctive for their warm orange potbellies, long legs and fairly long tails. Does their presence finally mean that spring is in the air?


The Nature of Things
5:59 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

The Buzz about Bees

Credit beneficialbugs.org

The value of the honey bee's pollination services is commonly measured in the billions of dollars. That's because the bees from each hive pollinate and collect roughly 60 pounds of pollen per year – that’s about the same weight as your average 7 year old.


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The Nature of Things
5:37 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

The American Kestrel

Kestrel

The kestrel has a cool, 'hipster' vibe, with pairs of black vertical slashes on its pale face – referred to as a "mustache" and "sideburns."


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