bee swarm
Photo by bajidc

“Dear PoPville,

Any idea what kind of bees these are and if I need to be worried? Or maybe the residents of PoPville might have an idea and some advice?”

These look like good honeybees – time to call the DC Beekeepers:

“Spring is here and honeybees sometimes go searching for new homes. They (and we) could really use your help. If you see a swarm of bees, please call or text (202) 255-4318 or email [email protected] and and a team of DC beekeepers will spring into action to give house-searching honeybees the home they are looking for! Insecticides will not take care of your situation, but we can.”

zika
“Fight the Bite” Kit distributed by the DC Department of Health

From an email:

“As you may be aware, the Zika Virus is on the rise, and it’s only a matter of time before it comes to DC. Here is a map of the areas projected to be affected: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/zika-mosquito-maps.pdf.

Here is a list of recommendations from the CDC on mosquito control, http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/controlling-mosquitoes-at-home.html, which includes the following:

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beaver
screenshot of youtube clip filmed by Jonathan Murray

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“But, in adorable news, it looks like DC police and humane officers rescued an adorable juvenile beaver from a fountain outside the Van Ness Metro Station on Wednesday:

WTOP reported:

“after some discussion and a little evaluation, it was decided the beaver was in good condition and old enough to be on its own, so it was released — to a quieter, wilder corner of the District.”

fox
screenshot of youtube clip filmed by Ki Steiner

“Dear PoPville,

Michigan Park/Fort Totten residents: beware of the screaming fox and protect your small dogs!
I live in North Michigan Park just behind the Fort Totten Metro. Apparently we have a neighborhood fox, a screaming fox, that frequents my block. A few nights ago around 1:00 am, my husband and I heard what we thought was a woman screaming, and looked out the window to see a red fox chasing a small dog down the sidewalk. My husband ran outside to find the fox standing a few feet from the small dog who was desperately trying to get back into his yard under the fence. My husband yelled and charged at the fox and it ran off, but the dog did appear a little roughed up. The dog’s owner eventually came outside due to the dog’s yelping, and we explained what we saw.

I thought that incident would teach the neighbor not to let her dog out late at night by itself, but again, last night at 2:00 am, I was woken up by the screaming noise of the fox followed by a small dog crying. (more…)