Bob Pohlad and Carolyn Thomas will share in $494,980 to study
climate change with students.
Ferrum, Va. - Ferrum College professors Bob Pohlad and Carolyn Thomas are part of a team that will receive $494,980 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for environmental research related to climate change. The money will be used to establish a national ecological and education network that will begin with 12 primarily undergraduate institutions or PUIs and expand to colleges and universities throughout the United States. The work has been shown to be significant both in terms of tracking environmental issues, and increased student learning and understanding.
American Kestrels are steadily disappearing from our nation. According to data collected by the annual hawk counts and analyzed by professionals at Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA), where all of the data from all hawk watch stations across the country is sent, the American Kestrel population has been in a steady decline for the past ten years. In recent interviews with Dr. Gene Sattler, Professor of Biology at Liberty University and president of the Lynchburg Bird Club, and Bill James, volunteer coordinator for the Harvey’s Knob Hawk Watch Station on the Blue Ridge Parkway, hawk experts are all concerned for the future of this species. Although several hypotheses are being explored as reasons behind this decline, the truth is that no one knows exactly why this species, in particular, is disappearing.
Floyd Fest, a music festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia held on the last weekend of July each year, featured a majority of earth friendly, socially conscious bands in their line-up this year. Among them were Donna the Buffalo, The Duhks, and The Horse Flies, all of whom agreed to speak with Got2BeGreen about their thoughts on green festivals and sustainability.