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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 »

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 »

Capture-Mark-Release-Recapture

September 10, 2020 -

I was very fortunate to have the opportunity recently to spend a morning doing one of my very favorite things in the world . . . banding birds. I find nothing more magical than seeing up close these brightly plumaged wonders of nature which are usually encountered only in brief glimpses, through binoculars, as they flit… Read more »

The Perfect Storm . . . A Decades-Long Barrage of Stressors

August 29, 2020 -

How many times recently have you heard someone declare how badly they want 2020 to be over? Unless you’re the human equivalent of Eeyore and a true glutton for punishment, this year has been one nightmare after another, and it has dampened the collective mood all around the globe. The narrative of this year has… Read more »

On the Cusp of an Irruption

August 23, 2020 -

The Red-breasts are coming!   The Red-breasts are coming! With the temperature pushing 90o again, it’s difficult to even begin to think about winter wildlife, but, thanks to a surprise encounter yesterday, I have begun doing just that.  My son and I took an enjoyable hike yesterday morning on one of our favorite wooded trails in… Read more »