October 19, 2011
It's that time of year when the Canada geese are on the move. The early October nip in the air seemed to have rousted the big birds into the air and put them into their V-formations for another season. When it comes down to it, I rather like the visiting Canada geese. They leave northern Canadian places like the Ungava Peninsula (which I include only because Ungava is fun to say; similarly, the genus name for toads is fun to say, Bufo; certainly there are others, but I digress)
January 22, 2009
It's the feel-good story of the year. Airliner loses power over New York City and crash-lands in the icy waters of the Hudson River. All 155 passengers and crew survive. The pilot - Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III, who fortunately is called "Sully" or we'd be here all day saying his name - is hailed as a hero. New York's governor dubs it the "Miracle on the Hudson." Yep, it's a great story. Wonderfully inspirational. Except when nervous fliers like me heard the details of why the engines failed, our first reaction was: birds?
May 21, 2007
DEAL ISLAND -- A team of federal trappers that killed 10,000 nutria in the sprawling Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge has a new mission: Ridding the rest of the Eastern Shore of the invasive herbivore. The South American rodents destroyed 8,000 acres of delicate marshland in the 24,000-acre Blackwater refuge before government hunters wiped them out. Then nutria were targeted in the Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area and other publicly owned tracts in Dorchester County. Now the trappers are moving south, stalking smaller pockets of nutria on both public and private land here in this remote corner of Somerset County and other parts of Lower Eastern Shore.
January 6, 2007
Maryland: Inauguration O'Malley plans series of events Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley plans a week of inaugural events, including a parade and a performance by Kool and the Gang, according to a schedule his transition team released yesterday. Before being sworn in Jan. 17, O'Malley plans a seven-day tour of the state, including stops in suburban Washington, Southern Maryland, Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore. He plans to attend prayer breakfasts, hold town hall meetings and eat lunch with Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer at Chick and Ruth's Deli.
December 31, 2006
Speakout! THE ISSUE: --Long a nusiance in the area, Canada geese are dropping a pound a day each of excrement on paths and docks at Lake Elkhorn and other locations around the county. Should government officials step in and take action, perhaps rounding up the nonmigratory birds and using the meat to feed the homeless? There has been no such idea proposed formally for Howard, but similar approaches have been used in communities in other parts of the country. Offer the droppings as garden fertilizer I think most people love seeing the birds; it adds some life to their enjoyment of Columbia's lakes.
December 19, 2006
Federal prosecutors have accused a Chesapeake Bay charter captain and Eastern Shore entrepreneur who already has three fishing-law violations on his record with bagging too many Canada geese. According to court papers filed Friday, Levin F. Harrison III, also known as Capt'n Buddy, of Tilghman Island, was charged with the unlawful taking of Canada geese Jan. 12 on or over a baited area, and in excess of the daily limit. The maximum penalty is six months in prison and a $15,000 fine. He and his business are set for an initial appearance on Jan. 5 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.