NORFOLK Jon Nye logs about 130 miles each week on his bicycle, riding for fun and shuttling back and forth from his Portsmouth home for work. But it's the roughly quarter-mile stretch of the Elizabeth River Trail that opened Friday that has him most excited.
HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C. National Park Service rangers may have found the sea turtle struck by a spear Wednesday near the old Frisco Pier. A green sea turtle was found dead Friday with a wound on its back, said National Park Service spokeswoman Cyndy Holda. Officials had asked the public for help finding the turtle and will perform a necropsy to determine whether it's the one they were seeking.
VIRGINIA BEACH The welcome mat at the Brock Environmental Center is huge: 118 acres, from maritime forest to tidal marshland. This weekend's festival with Lynnhaven River NOW will have it on full display. On Saturday, the watershed conservation organization will host its inaugural fall festival in the landmark center at Pleasure House Point.
VIRGINIA BEACH Bob Rathbun in Brigadoon sent yet another story about how comfortable young hawks feel around residential areas these days. Rathbun got in the middle of a standoff between a little bird that flew into his garage to escape a young Cooper's hawk. (The bird even eventually slipped into Rathbun's house.)
VIRGINIA BEACH As I carried out a freshly filled hummingbird feeder this morning, I'll be darned if two young hummers didn't spar back and forth over the feeder as I walked across the yard. Chipping and buzzing as they zoomed back and forth at each other, the birds made me feel as if I should duck for cover!
NAGS HEAD, N.C. Health officials have lifted a swimming advisory for an area of water near Jennette’s Pier. Water samples collected on Monday exceeded state water quality standards for bacteria, according to a news release from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The advisory affects the water at the beach access 100 feet north of the pier.
VIRGINIA BEACH Seven mosquito samples in the city have tested positive for West Nile virus, a higher-than-average number, the city's Public Works Mosquito Control Biology Lab announced Friday. Seven is normally the average for an entire mosquito season.
NORFOLK Say hello to Joshua, the Virginia Zoo's 7-week-old giraffe. Officials announced the name Friday after gathering nearly 4,000 online votes. Voters picked from a handful of options, including runners-up Sebastian and Jabari.
The eagle was more than ready to fly to freedom in York River State Park.
The handler who released her on Thursday wore a camera to record a bird's-eye view of the release.
VIRGINIA BEACH Members of Moms Clean Air Force will use every breath it takes to make the air cleaner for their children's health. "It's about finding solutions," said Terra Pascarosa, regional manager. "Everything we do revolves around children's health."
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