Each year, the dark pink blossoms of the Eastern Redbud tree are one of the first signs of spring. This tree is native to Virginia, meaning that it will flourish in neighborhoods, parks and along roadways throughout the Commonwealth.
Have you ever ventured to Belle Isle on the James River in Richmond and taken the time to contemplate a pretty cool phenomenon among the rocks? There are over 400 rock pools along the fall zone of the James which were formed over thousands of years by the grinding away of pebbles against the exposed granite. These water filled pockets are unique ecosystems that have an important story to tell. By studying these rock pools, we can learn more about the condition of our overall environment.
The Community Idea Stations is proud to partner with the Science Museum of Virginia to help bring the magic of everyone’s favorite monkey to Richmond through their CURIOUS GEORGE™: LET’S GET CURIOUS! touring exhibition.
Pamela Braff, a PhD candidate and wetlands ecologist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Center for Coastal Resources Management studies the interactions between wetland plants and their physical environment. As a part of her dissertation research, she focuses on the vulnerability of non-tidal wetlands to climate change—specifically how climate change may impact wetland hydrology (the movement of water to and from wetlands).