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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 »


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 »

What’s With the Dots on the Windows?

October 4, 2020 -

The next time you swing by the Exhibit Hall, you’ll likely be seeing spots—not because you’re that much older than your last visit (although six months of social distancing may have you feeling that way!), but because of last week’s bird-friendly upgrade. Thanks to over $12,000 of generous grant funding from the National Fish and… Read more »

Where There’s Smoke . . .

September 21, 2020 -

Ah, 2020. Already a truly unforgetable year, and still over three months to go! It will undoubtedly go down in history as the year of PPE, since we’ve all needed an armored suit of Personal Protective Equipment to survive the horrors of this year’s Pandemic, Politics, and Embers. Since pandemic-fatigue is a very real phenomenon and… Read more »