Doug Pifer

Winter is Party Time for Crows

People might say a crow is a crow, but in the Potomac and Shenandoah Valley, when you see a crow it could be one of three different species. By far, the most common is the American crow, followed by the slightl...
saw-whet owl

Tracing the Travels of Saw-Whet Owls

The caravan of cars reached the top of South Mountain. A couple-dozen riders emerged into the night, bundled into parkas and wearing winter coats. As we inhaled crisp November air, our ears were blasted with a ...
David Lillard

Exit the Baby Boomers

— How climate change could spur West Virginia's next brain drain—and how to avoid it. When we think of human migration brought on by global warming, we might imagine desperate people from water-starved deser...

Bringing Back Bob (Part 2)

— Everyone Can Help Restore Wildlife Habitat On our wall hangs an ammunition poster printed in the 1940s featuring a crouched rabbit and ten Bobwhite quail. Painted by sporting artist Lynn Bogue Hunt, it cel...
Doug Pifer

Welcome Back, Bob White!

The whistled call, “Bob-White,” is seldom heard here anymore. But that may be about to change. Interested farmers and landowners in Virginia and West Virginia now have an opportunity to bring the cheerful littl...

Pipeline Bait and Switch

On March 26, Delegate Sammi Brown and I met with Scott Mandirola, Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and DEP General Counsel Jason Wandling. We met with them to urge t...