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Time for Annapolis to gaze at the heavens again

       It’s almost that time of year in Annapolis. There’s a distant rumble … the skies are clear, so we know it’s not thunder. We turn our eyes to the horizon, scramble to the highest position close by and search the sky for contrails. 
      It’s the season of angels — Blue Angels.
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South River Swim, Bay Bridge Swim, Rockhold Creek dredging, Straight Path 

Get to Know Your Waters Up Close and Personal
South River swim May 27, Bay swim June 11
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Don’t let your ear fool you

      Several North American birds imitate sounds that they hear around them. These mimics usually copy other birds, like the blue jay that commonly makes the call of a red-tailed hawk. As I follow birdcalls to take a photograph, I have to admit that I have been fooled more than once by a well-tuned blue jay. 
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SPCA’s annual Walk for the Animals

        Dogs of every shape, size and breed — along with their equally diverse human companions — took to the trails at Quiet Waters Park May 6. The overcast skies and cool temperatures made it a pleasant morning for the 27th annual Anne Arundel County SPCA’s Walk for the Animals.
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Severn River Bridge; Pigs & Pearls update; Helly Hansen NOOD; Boater Safety; Rivers Edge Restaurant; Goldman Environmental Prize

Easing Backup on the Severn River Bridge
Additional eastbound lane now open
       If the Bay Bridge is the gateway to the Eastern Shore, the Severn River Bridge, five miles to the west, is the gateway to the Bay Bridge.
       At peak driving times, that gateway turns into a major bottleneck.
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These little birds are high-performance machines
      Hummingbirds are here, and by mid-May the migration should be complete. Arriving before many high-nectar flowers are blooming, they eat lots of small flying insects. They also will drink the tree sap from the holes made by sapsuckers.
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Rack up the miles for good bodies, good causes

        Whether you’re trying to get into better shape, logging steps and miles on your activity tracker or seeking some friendly competition, this weekend has got you covered. Each of three walk/run races helps you do good for your body and for a great cause.
 
27th SPCA Walk for the Animals
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Good News from the ­Bottom of the Bay
Grasses surpass 100,000 acres
      When you get back to the water this spring, expect to see things growing in it. Rooted grasses rise in columns from the bottom. Horizontally, long fronds swim in the current. Those Bay grasses are firsthand evidence of good news proclaimed this week.
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Nearly 200 athletes compete and celebrate in Calvert Special Olympics

      Share a moment with the student athletes of Calvert County’s Special Olympics, and you may well burst into joyful tears at one more smile, one more hug, one more high-five, one more explosion of laughter.
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Named for their nesting habits, if they haven’t got an old tree, a ­nesting box will do
      Now is the time to start looking in trees for ducks. In early spring, wood ducks seek nesting spots. Unlike most other ducks, they look for tree cavities to lay a dozen or so eggs. It is fun to find a duck perched in a tree, as they look so out of place.  
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