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Smithsonian’s Year of Music comes to SERC

Traffic flows freely over the new Fishing Creek Bridge

Your chance to discover treasure
Fourth-graders and family visit national parks free

Lionfish “Taking Over the Atlantic”

Back Creek living shoreline credited with clarity

 

     Volunteers with Spa Creek Conservancy and Back Creek Conservancy followed in Bernie Fowler’s footsteps on June’s second Sunday, wading into Annapolis area creeks to check clarity in four locations.      “We definitely were inspired by Bernie’s wade-in,” said Kevin Haigis of CapitalSUP and a former board member with the Spa Creek Conservancy. “We want to get people onto the water, and this is a good way to engage the public....

37 years ago Brian Earley braved the waters of Chesapeake Bay to ­commemorate his late father, ­starting a tradition that lives to this day

 

     Thinking only of a promise he made to his late father, Joseph, a determined Brian Earley stripped his black Towson University jacket from his shoulders and barreled through the rain and wind to the beachy shore.       Brian was a lifelong swimmer, starting at the family home on the Severn River, then at Anne Arundel Community College and later Towson University, where he became an All-American competitor. As his father’s health failed, he couldn...

In Chincoteague, Treatment of Ponies Completed

 

  You don’t have to have Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague on the bookshelf to wonder about the storied ponies of the Virginia island town. That’s why we’ve kept you abreast since seven of the wild creatures died of a fungus-like disease they’re calling swamp cancer. The news is that last week, the herd received the third and last of an expensive vaccine to protect against the disease and the fatal lesions it can cause. We know this because of...

Film captures the last generation of Maryland’s African American Farmers

 

      In Calvert County, the last of the African American farmers in Maryland toil night and day, tending to their livestock and remaining acres of crops.       At its peak, the population of African American farmers was at 1 million, whom in total owned 16 million acres. Today, there are 18,000 black farmers left in America, who own not even one percent of the farmland in the U.S.       Maryland has seen a steady decline. Only 223 black farmers...

Birds set the highest standard

 

      Fatherhood in nature varies from the seahorse and pipefish, which carry eggs and then offspring in a special pouch, to the praying mantis father that gets eaten by the female after the reproductive act. In many herbivore mammals, like deer, the father does very little parenting. They are not around for the birth or care of the offspring. Herding mammals like bison collectively parent, with the fathers working as protectors. Fox fathers will feed the kits, but...

Good luck on the Bay is not a sure thing, but the adventure is always exhilarating

 

      I felt the light tap-tap on the line of my baitcaster and brought my arm up smartly. The rod jerked down, bending hard, and the line peeled off the reel, howling against a firmly set drag. Then the fish angled the line across a nearby barnacled pier and cut me off. I slumped down in defeat yet again.     This was our second lesson of the day and our fourth lost fish, but it wouldn’t be nearly the last. Tom Schneider, my pheasant-hunting partner, and I had...

This gift of nature is yours for the taking right now

 

     Driving along the highways during most of June, you may see the most delightful flowering native shrub or small tree. The flowers of native elderflower, Sambucus canadensis, have especially stood out this year, like antique edging on highways, where there are wet areas on the margins of woods. The extra heavy blossoming is likely due to the heavy rains last year and a good amount of moist weather this year.       Elderflower’s clusters of dark...

Women make a charming challenge to the boys’ comedy club

 

      The only woman in a field of men, Katherine Newberry (Emma Thompson) is at the top of the late-night game. She has countless awards, uncompromising standards and a massive legacy. She doesn’t have ratings, however.       And she has grown complacent, ready to blame her writers rather than change her dying show to keep up with the times … Until she learns she’s on the chopping block. Then she demands radical revision so she can go out on top...

For the 32nd straight year, Fowler will lead friends and family into the Patuxent to make a point. For the first time, Betty Fowler won’t be with him.

 

      When 95-year-old Bernie Fowler leads people into the Patuxent River on Sunday, the river in his heart will be one neither you nor I can imagine.      For the chain of followers linked arm in arm with the river champion in the annual test of water clarity, statistics tell the story of the river’s woes or redemption. Can the put-upon river with its D-grade report card achieve its Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan targets for 2025?   Fowler...

You’re needed to help heal Maryland’s river 

 

     What are we going to do about it?      That’s the question we can’t help asking ourselves if we look a little deeper into the 2018 Chesapeake Bay Report Card issued by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.      “The Chesapeake Bay score remains a C, though it decreased from 54 percent to 46 percent,” you read in staff writer Kathy Knotts’ Bay Weekly story last week.      ...