Birds of a feather: Local birders on the thrill of the hunt

Birds of a feather: Local birders on the thrill of the hunt

While the average person can distinguish a bluebird from a cardinal and a duck from a goose, bird-watching hobbyists, called “birders,” revel in the vastness of the avian world. “There’s a real excitement when you’re out birding,” says Myrlene Staten, membership chair for the Monticello Bird Club. “It’s like a great game of hide-and-seek.” The […]

Photo: Courtesy Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

A change of landscape: For some garden variety, get out of town

Between Shenandoah National Park, Ivy Creek and Ragged Mountain (among others), there are (seemingly) more than enough natural attractions in our area. But we can’t overlook Charlottesville’s proximity to other noteworthy nature spots. Here are three we’re crossing off our list this season. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 1800 Lakeside Ave. (Richmond) This living museum offers […]