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Periodical Cicadas: You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

June 11, 2021 -

Visit any of the world’s great art museums, symphony halls, opera theaters, or architectural gems, and you will stand among the masses, who are struggling to comprehend the creativity and brilliance of the human mind and the masterpieces that have sprung from it. With all due respect to the vision, talent, and genius of history’s… Read more »

Baltimore Needs YOU For the 2021 City Nature Challenge!

April 20, 2021 -

It’s very hard to believe that it has been over a year since our lives were turned upside-down by this pandemic. Finally there seems to be more good news than bad (Apparently we just reached the point at which 50% of adults nationwide have had at least one dose of vaccine and over 1/3 of… Read more »

Some Fowl News from Irvine this Spring

April 8, 2021 -

Things Have been just ducky at irvine the  past few weeks. and given our relative lack of aquatic habitat, that’s rather exciting! True, maryland’s chesapeake bay is widely known as a Major wintering site for many species of ducks, geese, and swans. and for those  waterfowl species that do just pass through the region en… Read more »

Unusual Sightings

February 13, 2021 -

Bottom line, regardless of the reason, anytime people head outdoors to look for and appreciate nature, it’s a good thing. The social-distancing required to fight the worldwide pandemic over these past 11 months has led to significant increases in the time people are spending outdoors–hiking, nature-watching, and exploring. The use of websites and apps that… Read more »

Random Musings II

January 25, 2021 -

Now You See It; now you don’t   It certainly didn’t take long for frustrated environmentalists to feel grateful for the new administration in Washington. On Joe Biden’s first day as President, among a number of executive orders that he signed was the anticipated move to revoke the permit to construct the fourth (XL) phase… Read more »

Wanna Get Away?

December 16, 2020 -

As I sit by my living room window, snowflakes the size of teacup saucers fill my view, making it difficult to see buildings just a few doors down. Our bird-feeding station has finally been discovered by the flock of Red-winged Blackbirds that winter in the pondside phragmites at the bottom of the hill a short… Read more »

PLEASE FEED THE HUNGRY THIS WINTER . . . In Your Own Backyard

December 5, 2020 -

If they haven’t already, thanksgiving generally marks the time of year when bird lovers should begin putting out seed for their winter feathered friends. As nightLY LOWs dip into the 30’s, it becomes increasingly difficult for wildlife to find insects to eat. competition becomes keen for both late-season perennials that have gone to seed and… Read more »

There’s Something Fishy Going On At Irvine

November 24, 2020 -

I grew up in Central Pennsylvania, within walking distance of the Letort Spring Run and just a short drive from the Yellow Breeches Creek. Both of these rank among the very best trout-fishing streams in the northeast, and yet I was relatively oblivious to the importance of these waterways–to the health of the aquatic ecosystems… Read more »

Oh, Deer! Drive Extra Carefully!

October 29, 2020 -

COVID-19 fatigue setting in?  Waning daylight bringing you down?  Feel like you’re in a rut? Well, you’re not alone. The same can be said for the entire population of about 240,000 white-tailed deer that call Maryland home. Halloween week generally marks the beginning of rut season for the most-popular game animal in the Mid-Atlantic, so drivers… Read more »

The Incredibly Rare ‘Half-Sider’

October 14, 2020 -

Nature is certainly full of surprises. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Mother Nature hurls an unexpected curve ball which catches you completely off guard. Such was the case in late September, when experienced bird banders in southwestern Pennsylvania netted an extreme rarity that one biologist likened to discovering a unicorn! The finding… Read more »