January 6, 2013
Which came first? The bird or the egg? The answer is both. The clever combination inspires these bird seed eggs from Gardener's Supply. Hang them in your favorite tree and watch the birds flock to them this winter. The colorful seed eggs come in an egg carton, a unique gift for the birder or for kids just learning to appreciate wildlife. Gardener's Supply also offers a pint of seed strawberries to tempt birds. Like the eggs, each is solid seed with a built-in jute hanger. The cost is $15.49 and $19.95, respectively, at
By Paul A. Smith, MCT | January 5, 2013
More Americans hunted, fished and watched wildlife in 2011 than five years earlier, according to final statistics released last month by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "This is good news for our lifestyles and our economy," said Dan Ashe, director of the service. The results are from the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, an outdoor participation survey the agency has conducted since 1955. The survey results are released every five years.
October 17, 2012
Regarding your article about a proposed floating wetland in the Inner Harbor, there shouldn't be much debate needed because the positive attributes of such a project far outweigh the negatives ("Largest Inner Harbor marsh project yet is stirring debate," Oct. 15). For years the area surrounding the Inner Harbor has been plagued by problems of litter, pollution, unhealthy water and public apathy. In the last 10 years there has been a push to clean up the harbor, promote bay and wildlife education and involve residents in an effort to take pride in their city.
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
The sign proclaiming his little urban yard a "wildlife habitat" became more than a label the day Dirk Geratz found the nest of baby rabbits. He'd hoped for robins and butterflies as he checked off the ground cover, the bird baths and the berry bushes on his certification paperwork and forked over $20 - plus extra for the sign. "I was amazed that a rabbit would want to raise her young right there in a side yard," Geratz said. "I would have thought they would have found it inhospitable.
By Karen Nitkin, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2012
Frisky's Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary, in Woodstock, relies on the kindness of strangers. Strangers bring injured and abandoned animals to the 4-acre site, where they are sheltered and nursed to health. And strangers volunteer at the nonprofit organization, which has no paid staff. Heather Wandell has been volunteering at Frisky's since her son, now 22, spent a summer volunteering there before his sophomore year at Mt. Hebron High School. He moved on to other interests, but Wandell was hooked.
By Liz Atwood, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2012
The demise of a large triple-trunk poplar in her backyard 18 years ago created the opportunity for Diana Curran to build her water garden retreat. "It was my husband's idea," says Curran, a dance teacher at Bryn Mawr School. "He said, 'Why don't we get a pond?'" They started with a hole and a mound of dirt. A contractor graded the earth and helped build a stone wall around the pond. Once the pond was filled, Curran began planting around it. She started with unmarked plants she bought at an auction and spent two seasons figuring out what she had purchased.
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2012
Call it wildlife tourism in reverse. As spring turns into summer, young black bears hit the road, and in recent years it seems a few turn up on the outskirts of Baltimore, ambling across manicured lawns, rummaging through trash cans and raiding bird feeders. A bear visited northern Baltimore County last week, stirring up the Jacksonville community when it was sighted near an elementary school and then in a resident's yard. There were bear sightings last weekend in Harford County, and two Aberdeen men on Wednesday were the latest to report having seen one in Susquehanna State Park.
March 24, 2012
Enjoy the outdoors as you take a wildlife interpretive tram tour on the grounds of the Patuxent Wildlife Visitor Center during the Patuxent Wildlife Art Show and Sale Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 25, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop. View the wildlife art of nearly 35 nationally recognized artists, artisans and craftors. Saturday includes the DC Environmental Film Festival world premier screening of "Endangered Hawaii," screening of "Anna, Emma and the Condors" and live birds of prey.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2012
Janet S. McKegg, whose career with the Department of Natural Resources spanned nearly three decades, died Friday from complications of Alzheimer's disease at Elternhaus, a Dayton assisted-living facility. The former West Friendship resident was 58. The daughter of a tool-and-die inspector and a seamstress, the former Janet Sponaugle was born in Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. She was raised in Pleasant Valley near Boonsboro. A nature lover since she was a child, she often cared for the baby groundhogs and squirrels that her father had brought home to be raised.
Tim Wheeler | March 8, 2012
Maryland's threatened little bog turtles may be getting some extra help from the state's farmers, under a new federal conservation initiative. Obama adminstration officials are slated to unveil today (3/8) a $33 million bid to make more farmers and other landowners partners - instead of potential adversaries - in efforts to save seven rare and endangered critters, including North America's smallest turtle, which in Maryland is found here and there in marshy spots in Carroll, Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties.
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