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February 25, 2005

Outdoors Maryland

Saturday, 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-tos 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.

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 March 5, 5:30 p.m.) MPT

"Chimney Swifts." Every autumn, thousands of chimney swifts come to roost near sunset in a huge old chimney in the Hampden section of Baltimore. Birders with the Baltimore Bird Club have tracked the flock for years; this urban site is one of the top 10 for chimney swifts in the Eastern United States. Why these birds have abandoned forests for human-built chimneys in a matter of a century or two remains a puzzle of the natural world.

"A Leg Up." For some people with disabilities, life's difficulties are magnified by their inability to enjoy nature's beauty. In Howard County, however, a stable of horses stand at the ready to offer them improved health and happiness.

"White Marlin." The white marlin is considered by anglers one of the top game fish in the world. Fishing for the billfish brings millions of dollars in tourism revenue to Maryland alone. But that could change. Researchers have warned that the white marlin may soon be listed as a threatened species. The DNR sets out on a daylong expedition to the Gulf Stream waters of the Baltimore Canyon 70 miles east of Ocean City to see for themselves just how prevalent white marlins are.

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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