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A trio of birds is helping Flag Ponds Nature Park study climate change

Flag Ponds Nature Park — a remnant habitat of coastal scrub and mature hardwood forest on the western shore of the Chesapeake — is a travelers’ motel to many bird species.
    Among them, three neo-tropical migrants on their way to Canadian breeding grounds — the hooded warbler, the Kentucky warbler and the worm-eating warbler — are being closely watched.
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Last year's Annapolis Irish Festival drew 22,000-plus people

Whether you count yourself among the 32 million Americans who claim Irish roots or the 300 million others who wish they could, you’ll find a comfortable connection with the Emerald Isle at Annapolis Irish Festival this weekend. But you’ll have to stretch your idea of the Ould Sod to keep up with a culture redefining tradition for modern times.
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These doses of summer fun, taken daily, will cure even the deepest shades of summertime blues

I’m gonna raise a fuss,
I’m gonna raise a holler
About a workin’ all summer
just to try to earn a dollar …
Every time I call my baby,
and try to get a date
My boss says,
‘No dice son, you gotta work late’ …
Sometimes I wonder
what I’m a gonna do
But there ain’t no cure
for the summertime blues.

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Did Ray Caden Catch Diamond Jim?

Fifty thousand dollars is at stake in the Maryland Fishing Challenge.
    Catch a Maryland fish, and you may also catch some of the money.
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It’s the dawn bite that pays off this time of year

July is here, and with it the heat waves that inevitably mark summer on the Chesapeake. Ninety-plus degrees with a blazing-hot sun will slow the fish. Even if it ­doesn’t, that sun can make being on the water after high noon uncomfortable if not unhealthy.
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Where’s Waldo?

Find him — and prizes — in Annapolis

The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting Annapolis this month. He — and his look-alikes — are hiding in 25 local businesses. Spot him to win prizes.
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Join in to be a part of history

You’ve proudly hailed the Star Spangled Banner by many a light, including the twilight’s last gleaming.
    This summer you can get closer, as the revered 30-by-42-foot flag commissioned for Fort McHenry in the summer of 1813 is restitched in replica.
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Masters of acrobatic antics

Snapping a spine under their thorax helps Eastern eyed click beetles turn right side up. It also gives them part of their odd name, which describes the loud click made by their flipping maneuver.
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College President Bradley Gottfried guides reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg

Bradley Gottfried first stepped onto the Gettysburg battlefield about the time of its 1963 centennial. His 13-year-old self “had a strong interest in the war,” Gottfried says. “But I couldn’t visualize what happened there.”
    He spent much of the next half century trying to picture that history.
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We spend millions ­celebrating our Independence

In a time when money is tight, we celebrate the nation’s founding with an-over-the-top party.
    The American tradition of lighting fuses to make colorful explosions in the sky started on the day the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence: July 4, 1776.
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