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February 18, 2005

Outdoors Maryland

Saturday, 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." Department of Natural Resources 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.

Discovery Health CME

Sunday, 9 a.m. (Repeats Feb. 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).

Host Morning Sunday, director of EarthSeed, provides 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. 26, 5:30 p.m.) MPT

"Backpack Passport: The 'Outdoors Maryland' Field Guide to Camping." Who hasn't pined for a revitalizing escape to nature and the great outdoors? "Backpack Passport" is a primer of tried-and-true basics as well as a showcase of innovative equipment and techniques that will become an essential guide for beginning, returning and experienced campers alike.

From weekend family camping to wilderness backpacking, "Backpack Passport" explores the how-to's of hassle-free camping in a journey across diverse landscapes that also highlights exciting "where-to" possibilities -- from seaside weekend family camping to quick urban getaways to remote mountain trekking.

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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