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February 11, 2005

Outdoors Maryland

Saturday, 5:30 p.m. MPT

"Majestic Adaptation." Many Marylanders grew up believing that the Bald Eagle was headed for extinction. Now, this raptor can be found nesting in backyard trees, near highways, and on power line towers around the state. Maryland Department of Natural Resources eagle expert Glenn Therres says this proves man is winning the fight to help the bird adapt to this heavily populated region of the eastern United States.

"Secret Life of the Gunpowder." One of the state's best-kept secrets is Gunpowder State Park - a rural oasis swimming in recreational opportunities just outside Baltimore. From water sports to biking, hiking, fishing and boating, Gunpowder is a jewel in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' state park system.

"Chesapeake Bard." He's a legend on the Chesapeake. Tom Wisner's songs about the bay and life on the water help to put into perspective what's at stake as the Chesapeake's destiny plays out before us.

Discovery Health CME

Sunday, 9 a.m. (Repeats Feb. 20 and 27 at 9 a.m.) Discovery Health

"Adult Obesity." Obesity affects 65 percent of Americans. Physicians learn ways to help adult patients manage overweight and obesity, the latest techniques to assess, and diagnose and treat patients to address the significant health risks associated with adult obesity.

The Environmental Report

Tuesday, 9:55 a.m. WEAA (88.9 public radio).

Reports on air quality and tips to help regreen cities.

Outdoors Maryland

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (Repeats Thursday, 5:30 a.m., and Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m.) MPT

"Chino Farms." The largest land set-aside deal in Maryland's history has created a living laboratory in Kent County on the Eastern Shore. The 5,200-acre Chino Farms is now home to a number of natural resource experiments that include restoring an ancient prairie and the sparrows that once lived there.

"Last Stand at Shady Side." They say it was Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972 that started the long, slow decline of the Chesapeake and the way of life of so many watermen who fished the bay. Then MSX and Dermo infected the oyster bars and the water got worse. The grasses started to disappear from the bottom and then the crabs and fish left, too. Now, watermen from the Chesapeake's western shore have gathered together at Shady Side to see if the Chesapeake - and their way of life - can be saved.

"Sawhet Owls." DNR ecologist Dave Brinker travels the state in an effort to locate, capture, tag and release as many of these tiny owls as he can. Brinker's annual census of the bird will help resource management officials track the population and migration numbers of the species.

Sky Watch

Thursday, 8:33 a.m., WYPR (88.1 public radio).

Hosts are Jim O'Leary, senior director of technology, IMAX and Davis Planetarium at the Maryland Science Center, and Carol Christian, deputy head of the Community Missions Office of the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Online blog

Read Sun science writer Frank Roylance's weather and astronomy blog, updated daily at marylandweather.com.

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