Virginia is for Birders

10,000 Birds

It’s southernmost third, given to Virginia by accident of history rather than geopolitical intention, lies apart from the rest of the state both culturally and geographically. This was only the 6th ‘Audubon’s’ Yellow-rumped ever recorded for Virginia.

Tradeable quotas in Virginia fisheries

Environmental Economics

My students and I will be reading this in the spring semester:  Nash, Betty Joyce, The Fish Market , Region Focus, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Third Quarter 2011. I like this picture

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Some economics of the West Virginia drinking water contamination episode

Environmental Economics

All regulations are not inefficient: The accidents kept coming, and so did the calls for a plan to improve West Virginia’s chemical safety regulations. Last week’s massive chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River was the region’s third major chemical accident in five years.

Albino Hummingbird in Staunton, Virginia

10,000 Birds

Amazing photographs of an albino Ruby-throated Hummingbird that has been visiting a yard in Staunton, Virginia, can be viewed here. Asides hummingbirds

Virginia Governor unwittingly makes the case for a mileage tax

Environmental Economics

From the Autoblog : Virginia state governor Bob McDonnell is the latest to offer up another way to secure more revenue from the state's residents to pay for their roads and public transportation. I have only two things to add: Virginia is not a state, it is a Commonwealth.

This Virginia Woolf Quote captures the Simple Nature of Love.

Elephant Journal

If we want to know love, either in a relationship or within oneself, it’s a good idea to look through the eyes of Virginia Woolf and acknowledge the limitless potential and infinite meaningfulness of all seemingly mundane moments.

Parents Learn School Choice Options at Virginia Homeschool Convention

Green (Living) Review

Michael Smith, president of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), will discuss this freedom as a keynote speaker during this year's Virginia Homeschool Convention in Richmond.

The Real Tragedy Behind the Virginia Tech Murder Case.

Elephant Journal

Family, Youth, Enlightened Education blackburg bullying murder nicole lovell online dating sites tammy weeks teen virginia techWhile no one can go back in time and save Nicole Lovell, there is a possibility that some good may come of her tragic death. In addition to.

Virginia Woolf was a Bad*ass Feminist Icon.

Elephant Journal

Arts Enlightened Society Equal Rights Literary Journal 16th century a room of one's own feminism feminist lessons literature Virginia Woolf writerOne thing that really struck me while reading was her ability to express the inner world of women who aspired to create; to skillfully communicate with honesty the war that was happening inside any.

Big Polluter Politics at Their Worst in Virginia

Sierra Club Compass

Virginia Attorney General and Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli. The office of Virginia Attorney General - and gubernatorial candidate - Ken Cuccinelli did more than just bend over backwards to help Big Coal and Big Gas executives in their legal battle with Virginia residents.

Lumenhaus: Virginia Tech has built a “100% energy efficient.

Blue Earth

Lumenhaus : Virginia Tech has built a “100% energy efficient house … without sacrificing quality of living.” It uses “responsive architecture” coupled with computerized smart features. This house responds to the weather and performs according to its resident’s lifestyle.

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A Haunting at Virginia Coast Reserve?

Conservancy Talk

The Nature Conservancy’s Brownsville Farm is situated about two miles east of the whistle-stop town of Nassawadox, Virginia, on a finger of high ground surrounded by miles of salt marsh.

Coal Mining Costing West Virginia $97.5 Million

Green Living Ideas

Despite the PR campaigns by the coal lobby that imply that the state relies on coal income, an analysis by The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy finds that actually coal cost the state of West Virginia more than it took in. The [.] [ Coal Mining Costing West Virginia $97.5 million coal coal mining costs West Virginia

Strong Grassroots Activism Helps Defeat Mountaintop Removal Scheme in Virginia

Sierra Club Compass

Last week, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) upheld an earlier decision to deny a permit for a mountaintop-removal mine on Ison Rock Ridge in Wise County in southwest Virginia after an appeal by the A&G Coal Corporation.

The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

Sierra Club Compass

Earlier this week, my West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision.I'm Beyond West Virginia, need another example of how close to home this contamination can be?

Photo essay: What’s growing in West Virginia’s urban ruins?

Green (Living) Review

When Danny Swan first broke ground on his West Virginia farm in June 2008, his rototiller hit a baby doll. And since 2008, roughly two dozen copycat gardens have popped up throughout this city in West Virginia’s northern panhandle. WHEELING, W.Va.

Dominion, Dump ALEC! Sierra Club Virginia Leads Rally for Climate and Democracy

Sierra Club Compass

Oceana volunteer Priscilla Lin and Sierra Club Virginia Chapter director Glen Besa in front of ALEC headquarters. On a sunny, hot September afternoon, 80 protesters turned out alongside a busy highway at the Arlington, Virginia headquarters of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Virginia Firm Sells Gun Targets Resembling Trayvon Martin | PR.

PR Watch

Virginia Firm Sells Gun Targets Resembling Trayvon Martin. The ad was reportedly placed by the Hiller Armament Company of Virginia and has since been removed from the site where it was hosted, Skip to Main Content Area. Contact Us. News Feeds. Podcasts. Privacy Policy.

One Volunteer's Story of the West Virginia Elk River Chemical Spill

Sierra Club Compass

Running alongside the Little Coal River in Boone County, West Virginia is the sleepy town of Van. Boone County WV Resident Gives His Time to Provide Water to Those in Need.

A cow truck overturned in Virginia, and folks were concerned about traffic


Tuesday, in Frederick County, Virginia, a tractor trailer carrying livestock overturned on the highway , killing six cattle. In Virginia, cow, chicken, and pig trucks are common road-mates on any trip.

Marine Restoration Week: The Future of Sea Grass & Shellfish Restoration Science

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bo Lusk collects eelgrass shoots during a seagrass restoration project in the South Bay of the Virginia Coast Reserve. The ecological function benefits of eelgrass: One of the most amazing things that’s happened here in Virginia is the promising return of the bay scallop.

Virginia’s Warbler in Alley Pond Park, Queens, New York Refound!

10,000 Birds

The Virginia’s Warbler that has eluded birders since Eric Miller first found it on 31 October has been refound – and photographed – by Andrew Baksh. This is the first documented record of this southwestern wood-warbler in New York State. Congratulations to Eric for the original find and to Andrew for forestalling any accusations of stringing against Eric!

Ison Rock in Virginia Saved from Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining, For Now

Sierra Club Compass

Mountain lovers everywhere high-fived today when the news came down that the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has denied a surface mine permit for the Ison Rock Ridge mine in southwest Virginia.

West Virginia Suffers Another Enviromental Catastrophe

Living In a Toxic World

Sad to see the beautiful state of West Virginia suffer yet another environmental disaster. Source: West Virginia Gazette.) This latest spill comes just one month after the devastation caused by a chemical spill in the Elk River.

Research: Can Restoring Oyster Reefs Combat Nitrogen Pollution?

Nature Conservancy - Science

This question is being answered by research conducted at the Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve. Most of the area is protected, forming part of The Nature Conservancy’s expansive Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR). Could restoring oyster reefs combat nitrogen pollution?

Visiting West Virginia. ~ Alexa Mergen {Poem}

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I watched stars arch their backbends; one charmed me to doze. Adventure Literary Journal poetry rocks sky spirit

A New Definition of Genius: what Stephen Hawking & Virginia Woolf have in Common.

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Always pay attention, noticing the profound depths and the great soaring heights in the small objects and activities of our daily lives. Enlightened Society Inspiring (Wow) Non New-Agey Spirituality WAYLON: Today Only awareness boring daily lives genius grow learn life little things mindfulness new definition notice pay attention present moment Stephen Hawking universe Virignia Woolf

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Returning to Old Haunts

10,000 Birds

One particular resting place brought me to familiar birding territory: Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach. When I was first learning to bird in the summer of 2013, I spent a summer living with my fiance in Virginia Beach. Birding Virginia Virginia Beach Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

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BREAKING NEWS: Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire in Virginia

Sightline Daily

Word is that a crude oil-bearing train derailed in downtown Lynchberg, Virginia and caught fire. Photos and preliminary coverage here. Additional coverage here. There’s particularly good coverage on Huffington Post , here. Watch local TV news coverage live here. The accident occurred very near downtown, but so far there are no official reports of injuries or death.

I assume that Representative David Brat (R-7th Virginia) will now recuse himself from all discussions of economic policy seeing as he holds a PhD in economics and therefore is unqualified to comment on his own work*

Environmental Economics

John forwarded this to me presumably because I am on an EPA Science Advisory Board (although for how much longer I have no idea): Congressional climate wars were dominated Tuesday by the U.S. Senate, which spent the day debating, and ultimately failing to pass , a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. While all that was happening, and largely unnoticed, the House was busy doing what it does best: attacking science.

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Michelle Obama Heading to Virginia to Talk New School Lunch


Michelle Obama will be talking healthy school lunches with Parktown Elementary School parents in Alexandria, Va. Read More. Eats Lifestyle News Top News michelle obama rachel ray

Hell on rails: West Virginia burning after crude oil train derailment

Green Blog

The fires from Monday''s derailment of a train carrying crude oil in Fayette County, West Virginia, continued to burn Tuesday morning, and emergency shelters for hundreds of people who had to evacuate after the derailment remain open. "A

"Virginia governor calls for state carbon regulations"

Environmental Economics

Climate federalism: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed an executive order on Tuesday directing regulators to formulate rules cracking down on electricity sector carbon emissions. The order requires state officials to convene a working group on carbon emissions and issue a report by the end of the year on potential regulations to limit power plant greenhouse gases. 

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery: Heir Apparent Mexican Spiced Imperial Stout

10,000 Birds

On one hand, it’s already the official state bird of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the home state of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, just as it is for half a dozen other states, making it the most popular selection nationwide.

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State Of Virginia Looking To Be First In U.S. Offshore Wind Energy

Eco Friendly Daily

However, the state of Virginia is looking to claim the title of first to install an offshore wind turbine in general. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission recently approved the building of a single turbine in Chesapeake Bay.

Health-conscious travelers near half of U.S. market

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | Health-conscious travelers now make up more than 40 percent of the U.S. travel marketplace and that number is trending upward—fast.

Yes, it’s possible to be a Meditating, Vegan Yogi who loves Football.

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society Right Livelihood Yoga American football atlanta Bill Belichick community elephant magazine fan life lesson meditation National Football League new england patriots Super Bowl Thich Nhat Hanh tom brady vegan virginia Yankees yogiI might not be your typical football fan given that I’m a meditating, vegan yogi who eats a ton of kale and hummus.

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Friendship is Essential: 20 Quotes to Celebrate those We can Always Count On.

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society Family Love anais nin best friends friendship quotes gratitude Jim Morisson Khalil Gibran loyal friends Virginia WoolfIf I called my friends at midnight and asked them to bring a shovel, they'd show up, no questions asked.

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Egyptian strawberries linked to US Hepatitis A outbreak; over 80 sick

Green Prophet

The outbreak is linked to frozen strawberries from Egypt that were served up in smoothies in a Virginia restaurant chain. Most of those infected are Virginia residents, according to that state’s Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus: A Grown-Up’s Guide to the Holiday Season.

Elephant Journal

He understands that holidays are neither about ‘busy-ness’ nor about perfection. Sometimes the most beautiful things are born of brokenness: a broken heart, a broken dream, a moment when you don’t think you can go on any further, but do. Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Health & Wellness black friday Christmas shopping Conscious Consumerism (Sustainable Business) holiday shopping

This is a New Sunset of Hope.

Elephant Journal

Rarely do news stories bring me to the point of tears and silence, but today, I find lumps forming in my throat and tears welling up in my eyes as I read and listen to stories related to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Enlightened Society Right Livelihood WAYLON: Today Only Charlottesville compassion confusion forgiveness news stories peace sadness Shooting virginiaYet again, I find myself without words.

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Bears and Bobwhites

10,000 Birds

Out on the Big Meadow in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, the ranger (that is Virginia the state, not Virginia the ranger) drew our attention to an unmistakeable bird call. This section, in Virginia, is known as the Blue Ridge Mountains, I am sure we all know the song!

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We don’t Need a lot of Space, but we do Need a Space all our Own.

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Blog Family Health & Wellness Inspiring (Wow) Meditation a room of one's own creating personal space creativity family meditation pursue your passion sitting in silence Virginia Woolf Yoga“Oh, your kids will love this space!” This was the inevitable refrain of people touring our recently built home. My husband and I were newlyweds, with a.

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