By Heather Dewar and Heather Dewar,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2002
Government biologists saved a fifth bald eagle yesterday from quicksandlike mire in a Charles County mine waste pond where four young eagles were rescued by helicopter Tuesday. Federal wildlife officials began investigating whether to bring charges against the owner of the 10-acre pond near Nanjemoy that has claimed the lives of at least three young eagles. State officials said the mine owner, Maryland Rock Industries Inc., is stationing a worker with an air horn beside the pond from dawn to dark to scare away the majestic birds, protected under the Endangered Species Act and other laws.
Tim Wheeler | February 21, 2012
Birders are always on the lookout for unfamiliar avian visitors, and this past weekend was no exception. The weather was great for two-legged and winged creatures alike to be out and about. And though no excuse was needed, really, the Great Backyard Bird Count  has been under way. Veteran birder Kurt Schwarz spied some "neat ducks" that he says don't usually show up in Howard County. The pair of  Redheads and a Greater Scaup pictured here that he photographed were in among some Canada geese on a pond by Clarksville Middle School - proof you don't have to go to a wildlife refuge to spot some interesting wildlife.
By Peter Baker | September 21, 1995
Too often, perhaps, hunters and fishermen are seen in the wrong light by ultra-conservationists and wildlife preservationists, who view the killing of game or the catching of fish as dubious activities at best.But those among us who neither hunt nor fish but enjoy nonconsumptive pastimes out of doors such as wildlife photography, wilderness hikes or watching a trout feed in a cold mountain stream should understand there are sides to hunting and fishing that should be noted and appreciated.
July 11, 1995
Dr. Nevitt Sanford, 86, a psychologist whose response to the rise of the Nazis was to develop scientific methods to study prejudice and hatred, died Friday of a heart attack in a nursing home in Belfast, Maine. In 1968, he founded the Wright Institute in Berkeley, Calif., a graduate school in psychology that emphasizes the study of social problems.He first gained prominence as a co-author of "The Authoritarian Personality," a study of anti-Semitism published in 1950.Christopher Cadbury, 86, a wildlife conservationist who established the remote Indian Ocean island of Aride as one of the world's leading sea bird sanctuaries, died June 25 at his home at Pershore, Worcestershire, northwest of London.
March 8, 2013
Predation by free-roaming cats is a serious matter, and it deserves our careful attention ("House cats: the destructive invasive species purring on your lap," Feb. 25). The Humane Society of the United States values both cats and wildlife. Yet it is unrealistic and inhumane to simply gather up some 30 to 80 million unowned cats and remove them from the outdoors, as op-ed writer George Fenwick suggests. Adoption is not feasible for truly feral cats. Permanent sanctuary for that many cats would require inordinate resources.
By Tricia Bishop | July 27, 2000
`Scales & Tales' Sometimes as dusk nears, you can hear their far-off hoots or maybe even catch sight of them as they launch into flight, but how often do you get to see owls up close? This Tuesday, as part of their "Scales & Tales" program, representatives from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will appear at the Catonsville Library and bring along some unusual visitors, including an owl, a hawk and various reptiles. Naturalists will introduce the animals and tell their stories in the hope that those in the audience will learn to understand environmental issues such as loss of habitat, pollution, resource management and promoting a healthy diversity of species.
March 7, 2013
Commentator Ron Lambert claims that the threat to wildlife presented by cats is based on unscientific methodologies ("Cats can be managed in a way that protects birds," March 2). Contrary to his assertion, a review of scientific literature published in January concluded that cats in the U.S. killed as many as 3.7 billion birds and 17 billion mammals every year, and that free-roaming cats may constitute the single greatest man-made cause of wildlife mortality. Several recent studies show that trap-neuter-release colonies do not lower cat populations.
July 15, 1992
Developers' PR coupFrom: Thomas W. SimonIllinoisJust as Senator Bentsen reminded Dan Quayle that he was no John Kennedy, so developers need to be reminded that they have a long way to go before they become environmentalists.To indicate otherwise represents revisionist history at its best.The developers of Patuxent Springs in Laurel have pulled off the ultimate public relations coup.In case you did not know, developers do not simply develop homes, they also develop wildlife sanctuaries. Never mind that Winchester Homes only discovered their environmental consciousness after citizens from neighboring Hammond Hills organized, threatened and protested the proposed devastation of 55 acres that included the destruction of trees, hills and anything else that stood in development's way.Forget the fact that those so-called wilderness ponds are required for sewage and drain-off purposes and not for the wildlife.
July 17, 2001
Patuxent Research Refuge is offering two free nature workshops for Cadette Girl Scouts this summer at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, south of Laurel. The "Wildlife Interest Project" will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 25. Attendees will create a nature journal, learn to identify trees with a field guide, learn how pesticides affect wildlife, learn how biologists study wildlife and interview women who work in wildlife conservation. A second free workshop, the "All-About-Birds Interest Project," will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Participants will learn to identify birds by sight and sound, provide a habitat for birds and investigate related careers, and learn how endangered birds are being helped.
June 21, 2003
Rudolf Franz Hoelker, 91, a member of Wernher von Braun's original team of rocket engineers, died June 14 in Newton, Mass. Trained as a mathematician, Dr. Hoelker worked on the trajectory aspect of the guidance system that steered the Saturn rockets on the Apollo moon flights. He was among the scientists who in 1945 accompanied von Braun from Germany to the United States and what is now NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He was born in Halle in Westphalia, Germany, and studied mathematics, physics and mathematical logic at the University of Muenster, where he also taught and received his doctorate.
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