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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