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August 26, 2005

Outdoors Maryland

Tomorrow, 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 are increasingly recognized as bulwarks against a rising sea of concrete. Land trusts are playing a vital role, helping government agencies protect cultural lands, forests, wetlands, open space, wildlife habitat and fertile farmland.

"Rat's Room with a View." The woodrat lives hidden in the mountains of west-central Maryland. This small brown rat is an indicator species that tells scientists a lot about the health of other animal species and even forests.

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 Sept. 3, 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.) MPT

"Colonel Lee's Birdhouse." Fort Carroll, south of the Key Bridge, was begun in 1847 to stop any attempt to invade Baltimore. U.S. Army Brevet Col. Robert E. Lee had high hopes for the fort when he oversaw its construction, but it never saw action and was never completed. Now it 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 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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