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Three Cheers for Baltimore Area Nature Enthusiasts!

May 4, 2020 -

Well, this one’s in the books.  FINIS.  it’s a wrap.  As of this morning, the 2020 city nature challenge is official, and the results have been fascinating . . .   clearly, the covid-19 pandemic changed the landscape somewhat (although not as much as anticipated)–particularly in hard-hit areas.  new York saw a 27% decline in… Read more »

The Beauty That We Pass By Every Day

May 1, 2020 - Naturalist's Notes

May Day!  May Day!  So, even though the past month has been cooler than usual, cloudier than usual, and really hasn’t felt any different than March, look around and you’ll notice how green and lush everything has suddenly become.  We are clearly in the throes of Spring growth and, thankfully, the forecasters are saying that… Read more »

CITY NATURE CHALLENGE: It’s Party Time! (Identification Party, that is)

April 28, 2020 -

IMPORTANT UPDATE on Tuesday, 4/28: CNC organizers at the National Aquarium have announced that they will be hosting an online Zoom ‘ID Party’ tomorrow (Wednesday, 4/29) between 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Anyone who is interested in collaborating with others to try to work through the identification of some of the photo documentations from the… Read more »


April 26, 2020 -

  Maybe they haven’t been as bright and sunny as usual, but the nature photos are rolling in!  All indications are that Baltimore will set new personal records for # of species, participants, & observations in the 2020 CNC! we currently have a little over 6500 observations of 1100 species, already surpassing our totals from… Read more »


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 »


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 »


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 »