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. Standing at the hawkwatch at Kiptopeke State Park, as I did for a significant amount of by visit to Virginia, was a humbling experience, not just for the word-class birding raptor watching but for the enormous numbers of passerines passing overhead at any moment. Birding ABA Virginia

Catholics in Virginia finance solar energy for churches and schools

Green Prophet

Doing change is much more important than just talking change: seven Catholic community groups in Virginia support renewables through investing in solar energy. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, in Falls Church, Virginia. Energy Catholic solar power Virginia

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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

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

The Genius that is Virginia Woolf.

Elephant Journal

I don’t know if I’ve ever read anyone that articulated the human experience as eloquently and veraciously as Virginia Woolf. authors human condition rooms to go to the lighthouse Virginia WoolfShe enc. Enlightened Society Literary Journal Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Today Only.

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. Kessler, the president of the West Virginia Senate] said. “My

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. McDonnell's proposal would eliminate Virginia's 17.5-percent gas tax entirely, with funds for infrastructure projects coming from an increase in the sales tax from five percent to 5.8 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. The truth is, nothing is so mundane that it’s not worth our attention. Boredom is of the mind. Love is of the soul. Inspiring (Wow) Literary Journal Love Non New-Agey Spirituality Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Today Only.

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.

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.

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

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!

Big Polluter Politics at Their Worst in Virginia

Sierra Club Compass

Virginia Attorney General and Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli. There are plenty of examples of politicians across the country doing or saying anything to push the agenda of their big polluting buddies, but rarely has the evidence been so clear and so outrageous as with what is happening in Virginia. In Virginia, the Gas and Oil Act lets natural gas companies extract methane gas without landowners’ permission as long as they pay for what they take.

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. Eco-houses like this design are in development largely for the high-end market as yet. But builders believe that as they innovate, many features of such homes will begin to reach the mainstream construction business.

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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. Bowdoin “Bo” Lusk, a Conservancy coastal scientist who would be my guide for the next few days as I reported on the Virginia Coast Reserve for Nature Conservancy , was waiting for me in his work truck.

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. Then some porcelain plates. Then a pair of pantyhose.

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. During the permitting process, the company was asked to resolve at least four outstanding mine permit violations in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia. "Coal

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 " And here's the damning detail: "(B)ecause these contaminants are released gradually and in some cases not tracked or regulated, they attract much less attention than a massive spill such as the recent one in West Virginia."

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). Richmond-based Dominion, a Fortune-300 company, owns Virginia’s largest electric utility, as well as a huge multi-state natural gas storage and pipeline business.

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. RSS Feeds. Volunteer. Optional Member Code. Sign up. Reports Lisa Graves. Mary Bottari. Brendan Fischer. Rebekah Wilce. Harriet Rowan. Contributing Writers Beau Hodai. Jill Richardson. Wendell Potter.

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. Thankfully, a corps of community-minded citizens has risen to moment, delivering water to underserved areas throughout the region, calling in to let folks know when water has been delivered to local stores and acting as a rapid response team for folks in need in central and southern West Virginia. 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. Corinne Geller of the Virginia State Police told CBS affiliate WTVR, “The truck was loaded with cattle, which have broken free of the trailer and are wandering around the interstate. In Virginia, cow, chicken, and pig trucks are common road-mates on any trip.

Returning to Old Haunts

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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. During my three days in Virginia Beach, I knew I had to walk that path again. Virginia Beach is pretty built up, so each disturbance and loss of habitat weighs on our avian friends. Birding Virginia Virginia Beach Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

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Visiting West Virginia. ~ Alexa Mergen {Poem}

Elephant Journal

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

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. EPA to set a numeric water quality standard under the Clean Water Act to protect streams in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, and Pennsylvania from pollution caused by mountaintop removal mining.".

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. Eelgrass and excess nitrogen : We’re fortunate in how much science we do have that’s allowed us here in the Virginia Coast Reserve to make this the largest sea grass-restoration project in the world. Image credit: Daniel White/TNC.

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

Elephant Journal

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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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.

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. More than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry poured into an eastern Kanawha County stream Tuesday in what officials were calling a "significant spill" from a Patriot Coal processing facility.

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

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. A team of scientists is investigating those questions at the Nature Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve — fittingly, just offshore from Oyster, Virginia — developing crucial data on just how much nitrogen oyster reefs can take out of the water. Most of the area is protected, forming part of The Nature Conservancy’s expansive Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR).

"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. 

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 A CSX train, hauling 107 tank car loads of Bakken Shale crude oil from North Dakota to a transportation terminal in Yorktown, Virginia, derailed in Adena Village near Mount Carbon and Deepwater West Virginia about 1:30 p.m.

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. Bull, stated: “Virginia has made this a very streamlined, very favorable permitting process to get things proposed built. If all goes as planned, this one turbine could be a harbinger for a whole new clean-energy industry in Virginia.”.

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

Green Traveler Guides

Big Island of Hawaii Coeur d''Alene Colorado Colorado Springs Florida Green Travel News Idaho North America Palm Beach San Diego The Americas United States Virginia Warrenton Airlie Breakers Palm Beach Broadmoor Coeur d''Alene Resort Global Wellness Tourism Congress Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel del Coronado Institute for Healthy Destination Accreditation Mauna Kea Resort wellness travel | Green Travel News | Health-conscious travelers now make up more than 40 percent of the U.S.

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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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

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! Birds features galliformes Northern Bobwhite Shenandoah National Park Virginia

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

Elephant Journal

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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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. With a shovel and a bottle of wine in tow, probably.

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). Confirmed victims also hail from New York, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Oregon and Wisconsin, a CDC spokeswoman said Tuesday. If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?

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