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Bees

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Aug 4, 2021

Bees

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Support Bees with These Flowering Plants, Shelter and Water

Farmers, gardeners and conservationists all sometimes clash on various issues such as pesticide use, wild animal control and other topics. However, one thing that we are all in agreement on is that we need to protect and preserve our bee population. Although bees are not our only pollinators, they are certainly at the top of the list. Flies, beetles, moths, bats, butterflies, ...

Staff | May 24, 2021

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Livestock

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Poitou Donkeys

I’ve been working with heritage breeds for nearly four decades, but one above all others inspires me every time I gaze upon it: the Poitou donkey. Few know its name, but many folks have seen or heard about this shaggy donkey that looks like it’s covered in dreadlocks. I’ve yet to meet anyone who’s immune to the charm of its lovable appearance and famously sweet ...

Staff | Jul 7, 2021

Pets

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(Don’t) Bite Me

If you’re bitten by a tick, it isn’t just Lyme disease you need to worry about. There are other tick-borne infections you can get from a bite, so it’s important to ensure you minimize the risk of encounters with ticks and the possibility of a bite. Tick Checks Checking for ticks is one habit that I highly recommend everyone adopt, whether you live rurally or in the city. I ...

Staff | Jun 27, 2021

Poultry

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Integrating Chickens, Dogs and Cats

We have three dogs, two Dachshunds and one Chocolate Lab, and they have three extremely different personalities. So, when we decided to begin the adventure of backyard chickens, one of the first questions my wife asked was, “How are we going to introduce the dogs to the chickens?” and my response was, “Well, until we got Frasier (our 2 year old cat), the dogs had never even ...

Benjamin Baer | Jul 21, 2021

Wildlife

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A Cheer for Chickadees

  One of the most endearing of our year-round birds in southwestern Virginia is the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus). With its oversized, round head; fluffy body; and curiosity about everything, including humans, this member of the titmouse family (Paridae) could be the poster bird for cuteness. The tiny bird’s black cap and bib; white cheeks; gray back, ...

Jo Ann Abel | Jun 26, 2021

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