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March 25, 2005

On Air

TV and Radio

The Environmental Report

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

Host Morning Sunday 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 April 2, 5:30 p.m.) MPT

"Colonel Lee's Birdhouse." Driving across the Key Bridge, looking south, it's the hexagonal chunk of brown granite poking its head above the dancing chop of the Patapsco River.

It's Fort Carroll, the built-like-a-tank outpost begun in 1847 to stop any attempt to invade the thriving port of Baltimore.

U.S. Army Brevet Col. Robert E. Lee had high hopes for the fort when he oversaw much of its construction. But Fort Carroll never saw action and was never even completed, thanks to several twists of fate. Now, the fort has become home to a world-class nesting bird rookery.

There is a problem, though: The trees that provide nesting cradles may be threatening Fort Carroll's structural integrity. But the offending trees can't be cut because state law protects the rookery. The quandary: save the fort or keep the birds?

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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