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July 08, 2005

Outdoors Maryland

Tomorrow, 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.MPT "Autumn Promise." Scientists at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel are teaching baby whooping cranes to migrate each autumn from Wisconsin to Florida -- by following an ultralight airplane -- in the long-term hope that the birds will breed and expand their numbers.

"Out of the Woods." Black bears and people have been running into each other for a long time in Western Maryland. Now, with more people vacationing and moving to mountain tourist destinations like Deep Creek Lake, encounters with bears are increasing.

"A Soaring Success." Maryland Department of Natural Resources ecologist Dave Brinker, who tracks the population of brown pelicans along Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, says the species is thriving in Maryland and its comeback and expansion are considered a conservation successes.

The Environmental Report

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

Host Morning Sunday provides reports on air quality and tips to help regreen cities.

Outdoors Maryland

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (Repeats July 16, 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.). MPT

"Clear to the Bottom." The water of Chesapeake Bay must be clean and clear enough for sunlight to reach the bottom if sub-aquatic grasses are to grow. They provide a living, protective nursery for animals like fish and crabs. The water isn't clean enough now in most parts of the bay. Scientists say it won't be until filter feeders like oysters return in high enough numbers to remove sediment and excess nutrients. Scientists are experimenting with methods to replant grass beds.

"Brush and Feather." John Taylor is a popular and successful Chesapeake Bay artist and conservationist.

"Spring's Wings." Richard Smith, Maryland's reigning expert on butterflies, travels the state with experts from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in search of species common and rare, and with the hope of getting a fix on how Maryland's butterfly population is faring.

Sky Watch

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

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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