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July 29, 2005

TV and Radio

Outdoors Maryland

Tomorrow, 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. MPT

"An Exotic Challenge." Sika deer, a tiny species that lives exclusively on the Eastern Shore, is the focus of wildlife enthusiasts for its unusual habits in the wild.

"Mother Nature's Cops." On land, sea and in the air, Maryland's Department of Natural Resources police are on the job, 24 hours a day, defending the state's resources against problems.

"Hope on the Slope." Snow lovers take to the slopes in search of winter thrills in the mountains of Western Maryland.

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 Aug. 6, 5:30 a.m.) MPT

"A Sparrow's Return." 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 Chesapeake Bay 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. Now watermen from the Western Shore have gathered together at Shady Side to see if the Chesapeake - and their way of life - can be saved.

"Search for the Saw-Whet." DNR ecologist Dave Brinker travels the state to find, 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 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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