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Annmarie Garden Art Camp Explore art and nature in playfully creative ways with certified, experienced instructors; camps for 3-5 years and grades 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9 in three-day (half-day) and five-day (full-day) sessions from June 23-Aug. 14. Annmarie Garden, Solomons: 410-326-4640; www.annmariegarden.org. Camp Woodlands Girl Scouts of ­Central Maryland     Camp Woodlands is a great way for girls in kindergarten through grade five to have fun learning about Girl Scouts in...

A Bay Weekly Conversation with Anson ‘Tuck’ Hines, ­Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Director

In 1962, the Smithsonian Institution of Washington, D.C., found itself the beneficiary of farmer Robert Lee Forrest’s unanticipated bequest: a 368-acre dairy farm in Edgewater pushing up against the Rhode River — plus $1.7 million.     Over half a century, that idyllic spot grew to the 2,650-acre Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, with hundreds of scientists working to figure out piece by piece the huge puzzle of coexistence on a small planet with limited...

Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t

Time-stained pages printed and bound almost 400 years ago hold 36 plays written by William Shakespeare. That’s the Shakespeare considered “the most important writer in the English language.” So says Daniel De Simone, Eric Weinmann Librarian at Folger Shakespeare Library.     This book is one of the 82 First Folios Folger Library owns. That’s a lot.     About 750 first editions of the First Folio — the first book collection of his...

A firsthand account from the Volvo Ocean Racers

After sailing the earth’s five major oceans, the Volvo Ocean Race sailors have delivered their verdict when it comes to pollution. Humans are using the oceans of the world as a dumping ground for everything from plastics to chemicals to human waste.     Every four years, when the Volvo veterans sail the world anew, it gets worse. Much worse.     In the words of Bouwe Bekking, Team Brunel’s veteran skipper now on his seventh circumnavigation of the...

Sometimes it takes a village

It takes a village, they say, to raise a child. So it does to relocate an osprey pair.     This story begins in spring last year, when a pair of osprey constructed their residence atop a three-story chimney of a home in Resthaven in Southern Anne Arundel County. After the construction of the large, freeform contemporary and the raising of their brood, off they went to their second home for the winter. Prior to their departure, however, these tenants saw no need to clean the...

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s Open House givea us all a taste of the pleasures of camp life

Now I hardly go out there, but I’ve spent a lot of time on the Bay.     You won’t read those words, the nostalgic second clause of Tuck Hines’ description of his early days as a marine ecologist at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, in the senior scientist’s conversation with Bay Weekly this week. There you’ll read the serious stuff, like whether we’re doing ourselves in on this planet. But, as Hines’ words suggest, there is more...

The modern rockfishing boat is a high-tech warship

My phone rang early. It was my friend Frank Tuma, calling to invite me on a last-minute trolling sortie in the Bay.     Just east of the Baltimore Light, we set out the side-planer boards.     Side planers are built of three one-inch-thick wooden or synthetic boards approximately two feet long and 10 inches wide. The leading edge of each board is cut at an angle to direct their path through the water. The boards are held about six inches apart by a series of...

How to plant spring’s flagrant bloomer and its similars

As you continue your spring planting and transplanting, remember that many popular species perform best in acid soils. Among them are the now-blooming beauties azalea, rhododendron, mountain laurel, andromeda, Japanese hollies, deciduous hollies and blueberries. Oak and sweetgum trees also like acid soils.     The best time to transplant these species is early spring and, even better, fall, when they’ve stopped growing new stems and leaves and are starting to...

A feminist love story set in an un-feminist time

Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan: Skylight) has no place in Victorian society. Uninterested in being a governess and resentful of the roles forced on women in 1870s’ England, she escapes to her aunt’s small farm. There she works the land, rides astride instead of sidesaddle and generally acts in ways that would give proper women the vapors.     Her wild nature attracts farmer Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts: The Loft), who woos her with lambs and promises of a...

The Mamas and the Papas of the bird world

No one said being a mother was easy. Being a mother bird takes this challenge to a whole new level. In February, on the Eastern Shore, a mother eagle sat in her nest covering her eggs even as a snowstorm covered her. Last summer, in my back yard, a mother cardinal laid three batches of eggs. Her first and third hatchlings fledged and survived, her second pair did not: They were eaten in the middle of the night. Right now, in early May, all around our woodland edges, mother cowbirds are laying...