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April 08, 2005

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 16, 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, which 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 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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