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Locally “Extinct” Bumblebee Found in Virginia

A rare bee species thought extinct in the eastern U.S. has popped up in a Virginia state park, giving scientists hope.

Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay: When Partnerships Work

By Bob Vanasse Too often, environmental groups, regulators and fishermen find themselves cast in antagonistic roles on marine issues. Prolonged legal and regulatory battles frequently top headlines, while successful conservation partnerships go unheralded. The Chesapeake Bay, long plagued by problems like pollution and runoff, is benefitting from one such partnership. Regional fishermen, government agencies and environmental…

Footprints on the James

Andrew Shaw is adventuring and investigating in the history-steeped rivers of Virginia. He has navigated down the James River for a trip through time and into the colonial past.

Why Is the Cold U.S. Winter Killing Off Stinkbugs?

The brutal U.S. winter is killing off the invasive Asian stinkbug, a new experiment shows.

Saving This Small Fish Can Help Save the Ocean

I’ve always loved fresh fish. As a chef, there’s nothing like cooking a striped bass or bluefish straight from the Chesapeake — watching as the skin darkens, caramelizes, and releases just a hint of the unmistakably sweet, yet salty, fragrance of the Bay. But as a sustainability advocate, I’ve also grown concerned about the health of a key food source for these and many other species along the Eastern seaboard — a small fish known as menhaden.

National Geographic Bees Make D.C. a Little Sweeter

The National Geographic Society picked up several hundred new employees this past week. They will work 24 hours a day, rain or shine, and will live on our rooftop. In turn, they will produce one of the most amazing substances known in the universe–it is honey; they are bees.

The Known World

“Universalis Cosmographia” by Martin Waldseemüller.   The Known World of Edward P. Jones’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is set in mythical Manchester County, Virginia before the Civil War and centers on the surprising and  little-known practice of free blacks who themselves owned slaves.  Jones’ depiction of life in that rural community is so detailed and nuanced,…