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August 19, 2005

Outdoors Maryland

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

MPT

Spawning Hopes. At the turn of the 20th century, oyster harvests from the Chesapeake Bay were in the millions of bushels. Last year, harvests approached just 23,000 bushels. Oysters filter the Chesapeake's water. This segment explores the latest efforts of scientists and policymakers as they decide whether to release the Asian oyster, keep the native Chesapeake oyster in place or wait until more studies are completed.

Piercing the Forest. Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Dave Brinker goes to the steep and rocky slopes of the Western Maryland mountains to track down what he believes to be the only nesting pair of goshawks in the state, fit the birds with tracking transmitters, and return them to the safety of their treetop nests.

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. 27, 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.)

MPT

Planet Chesapeake. Using data from the Earth Observing System of satellites, scientists at the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt are compiling data on topics that directly influence the climate and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay watershed: sea surface temperature, deep ocean temperature, rainfall, hurricane anatomy, sea level rise -- and an array of other subjects. This segment looks at the Chesapeake on a planetary scale.

Trust in the Land. In the Chesapeake Bay watershed, farmlands serve as bulwarks against a rising sea of concrete. Land trusts help government agencies protect cultural lands, forests, wetlands, open space, wildlife habitat and farmland.

Rat's Room with a View. The woodrat that hides in the mountains of west-central Maryland is an indicator species that tells scientists about the health of other animal species and the forests.

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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