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THE LONG-AWAITED CNC IS HERE!

April 24, 2020 -

You’ve been stuck inside too long!  You’re in need of a ‘nature fix.’ You need a solution to this current state of isolation . . . YOU NEED AN ISOLUTION!     Well . . . it’s here!   In case you’ve missed them in earlier blog posts, here are some very helpful resources to get you started:  … Read more »

Onward . . . to the CITY/BACKYARD NATURE CHALLENGE!!!

April 23, 2020 -

                   Our Final ‘ID REPORT’ before the challenge begins!     So, it’s time for our final ID check-in. The following 12 organisms were pictured on Day 10. This was the most difficult batch.  Did you have much success? Northern Watersnake — Large (3-4 ft. long), strong… Read more »

ID Quiz #9 . . . the Backyard Nature Challenge is almost here!

April 21, 2020 -

YOUR NATURALIST Training is winding down soon . . .  Hopefully you’re planning to join Irvine, the National Aquarium, and many other environmental organizations throughout the Baltimore area for this weekend’s international Nature Challenge.  The Aquarium just sent out their latest press release for us to distribute all of the necessary details.  I’ll also be… Read more »

PIEDMONT NATURAL HISTORY QUIZ #8

April 20, 2020 -

FEEL LIKE YOU’RE BECOMING MORE OF A NATURALIST? Our last few ID challenges have been tough, with plenty of organisms that are rarely encountered unless one is going out directly searching for them–at the right time of year, in the right type of habitat, and looking in just the right places.  Never mind the fact… Read more »

Maryland Piedmont Nature Identification Quiz #7

April 19, 2020 -

we’re coming down the home stretch!   It’s almost here!  We are officially entering the week of the international BACKYARD NATURE CHALLENGE, nee City Nature Challenge!  This coming weekend, we will be exploring our backyards and neighborhoods for interesting organisms to photograph, then uploading those pics to iNaturalist.  Thereafter, begins the process of working through… Read more »

Bring on Piedmont ID Quiz #6!

April 18, 2020 -

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For those who are interested in participating in the international Backyard Nature Challenge, which begins next Friday (April 24th), you may want to view the recording of yesterday’s Zoom meeting about documenting and uploading your nature observations so that they are counted toward the Baltimore totals.  The event organizers at the National Aquarium… Read more »

NATURE ID QUIZ #5 . . . We’re Half-Way There!

April 17, 2020 -

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For those who are interested in participating in the international Backyard Nature Challenge, which begins next Friday (April 24th), you may want to view the recording of today’s Zoom meeting about documenting and uploading your nature observations so that they are counted toward the Baltimore totals.  The event organizers at the National Aquarium… Read more »

NATURE ID CHALLENGE #4 — Gradually Becoming An Expert Naturalist!

April 16, 2020 -

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For those who are interested and available, the National Aquarium will be running an open Zoom meeting Friday 4/17 at 1:00 to train folks about the use of iNaturalist for next weekend’s Backyard Nature Challenge.  Anyone who would like to be a part of that meeting or who would like to receive a… Read more »

NATURE OF THE MARYLAND PIEDMONT — ROUND THREE!

April 15, 2020 -

So, did we perform just as well on ID Challenge #2? Although some of the species were not things you’d encounter every day, all are relatively common to the MD Piedmont, if one knows where/when to look. You should have identified the following 12 organisms (each listed with a few ‘fun facts’ to know):  … Read more »