Aired: October 11, 2008

Remarkable Trees—and Birds—of Virginia

Despite what many people believe, fall leaf color in Virginia is remarkably consistent every year. Dendrologist John Seiler (Virginia Tech) has been studying fall leaf color for decades.

Also: biologist Dan Cristol (William & Mary) says mercury pollution in waterways is not only bad for fish-eating birds, but for songbirds as well, who are absorbing the toxin through the spiders they eat.

And: nature writer Nancy Ross Hugo and Jeff Kirwan (Virginia Tech) teamed up with photographer Robert Llewellyn to produce a book showcasing the beauty, history and variety of Virginia’s trees.

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