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Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path Virginia Living Museum Educator, Lisa Wright passionately gathers images for this photographic journal exploring the smaller (and often overlooked) natural wonders encountered "off the beaten path".

You Otter Be My Valentine

February 14, 2017. Happy Valentine’s Day to All!  For those of you that visit the Museum often, I’m sure you’ve seen our resident mascots, two river otters named Molly and Moe.  They’re fun to watch–graceful swimmers, they amuse both young and old alike with their…

On a Winter’s Day

February 8, 2017. I’ve been for a walk…on the Outdoor Trail.  And even though the leaves were brown, the skies were decidedly very blue (not gray), and the weather quite pleasant.  As always, lots to look at, including the two beavers asleep in the sunshine……

Wolf to Woof Exhibit 2017

January 14, 2017.  The Wolf to Woof exhibit is open in the Virginia Living Museum’s changing gallery from now until May 14, 2017.  This hands-on interactive exhibit explores the diversity of canines from around the world as well as the role of dogs in human…

Leucistic Cardinal

November 18, 2016. Some people might call me an “albino” cardinal–but I don’t have red eyes like a true albino.  Bird experts like David Sibley would call me a “fully leucistic” cardinal–see his great explanation at:  http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/08/abnormal-coloration-in-birds-melanin-reduction/ The simple answer is that melanin, or dark…

Meet the Dinosaurs 2016

October 18, 2016. The VLM’s new Dinosaur Discovery Trail opened this past Saturday. October 15, 2016.  By closing time on Sunday the 16th almost 3,000 visitors had passed through our doors to see this new permanent outdoor exhibit.  But for all you dinosaur fans (including…

A Few of Our Favorite Things (Part 4)

September 30, 2016. To conclude this 4-part series, I’ll share with you some of my favorite things in our non-live collections.  Like Roseann and Neil, I’m also a big fan of rocks and minerals as well as fossils.  I’m especially attracted to things with bold…

A Few of Our Favorite Things (Part 3)

September 26, 2016. Today I’ll feature another dynamic duo, the husband and wife team of Roseann Carlson and Neil Carroll.  Both are graduates of the University of Washington in Seattle with advanced degrees in geology.  Roseann is a retired geology professor and has worked in…

A Few of Our Favorite Things (Part 2)

September 16, 2016. Today I’d like to highlight two more of my wonderful collections volunteers, the family team of Kim Becker and Kade Bickley.  In my previous post I mentioned that taking care of the Museum’s non-live collections is a highly specialized task, and I…

A Few of Our Favorite Things (Part 1)

September 2, 2016. Although I am primarily an educator here at the Museum, I am also the collections manager for our non-live collections.  Our non-live collections contain specimens used for our educational programs and exhibits–stuff like animal skulls, taxidermy mounts, rocks, fossils, minerals, shells, and…

A Fine Fall Day 2015

November 12, 2015. Recently I took a walk on our Outdoor Trail to enjoy the pleasant fall weather and to take in all the beautiful colors…there were gorgeous red, mellow brown and bright yellow leaves: Also bright berries and fluffy seeds… Some animals like our…