Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

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Each week, C-VILLE’s Green Scene page takes a look at local environmental news. The section’s bulletin board has information on local green events and keeps you up to date on statewide happenings. Got an event or a tip you’d like to see here and in the paper? Write us at 

Hawk gawk: It’s hawk migration season once again, and the Rockfish Gap fall hawk count is underway. Join volunteers in the parking lot of the Inn at Afton daily to watch the birds on the wing. If you’re interested in becoming an official counter, contact Vic Laubach at

Star party: Brush up on your constellation knowledge and join volunteers from the Charlottesville Astronomical Society for an evening of educational stargazing. Meet in the field next to the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area at 8pm Friday, September 6, and bring your own telescope if you have one. Cloudy skies will cancel the event.

Muddy waters: According to a study conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Virginia, two- thirds of the rivers in the eastern U.S. are alkaline. The study looked at nearly 100 rivers from Florida to New Hampshire, and found that over time spans of 25 to 60 years, most of the rivers had become significantly more basic, which can impact drinking water and wastewater treatment. The full report can be found at