Rare MacGillivray’s Warbler at Lake Shenandoah

Rare MacGillivray’s Warbler graces DWR’s Lake Shenandoah Pollinator Trail! We think of pollinator plantings as hosting, well, pollinators: bees, butterflies, moths, and other insects. Some birds, such as hummingbirds, do of course serve as pollinators though we generally don’t connect pollinator plantings with birds. But wait! By late fall, with their elegant flowering days in…

Stop the sale of invasive plants

HMN David Forrer, Cohort VI, on a collaborative effort to curb invasive plants in Virginia: All of us HMNs are painfully aware of the many invasive plants that are taking over landscapes and forests around us. In addition to the stiltgrass, garlic mustard, and other invasives we see and do battle with in the forest,…

Ticks…in Winter??

After contracting Lyme Disease last summer, and then finding another attached deer tick a month after recovering (and after hearing that Sandy’s daughter is dealing with a tick-borne illness), I’ve become pretty paranoid about ticks. I was wondering whether there’s any risk of tick bites in the winter and googled it. I found this article,…

Rufous Hummingbird: Rare Winter Visitor to Swoope, VA

A friend had an interesting experience with a Rufous hummingbird. I asked them to write about it and include some pictures. – Jason Hallacher, HMN Advisor Maybe laziness can occasionally have its rewards? Our hummingbird feeder was frequented by bees after the departure of the Ruby-throated hummingbirds in October, so we decided to leave it…