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The Season’s Bounty is at your fingertips

Holiday shop now open at Bunting Online Auctions

A Bay Weekly conversation with Allison Tracy of Smithsonian ­Environmental Research Center
Tour the county from Hole in the Barn Door to Mariner's Compass

Waging a fight against Japanese stiltgrass

The Season’s Bounty is at your fingertips
     As we edge into the winter holidays, I’m all for celebrating. Bring on the lights: stock up on candles, lay the fire, untangle the strands. Unbox your household icons. Gather the evergreens. Touch up the season’s grayscale with highlights of red and green.     Mother Nature deserves a rest, and she is going to sleep. All the liveliness we’ll get this time of year depends on us. Fortunately, it’s a challenge many of us are up to.  ...

Holiday shop now open at Bunting Online Auctions

      Like the Ireland boys you read about last week [Teens Donate 4-H Hog to Charity:  http://www.bayweekly.com/node/51320 ], more Chesapeake Country kids are using what’s close at hand to lend a helping hand.          A holiday store run by children is now open at Bunting Online Auctions in Dunkirk. Proceeds from the shop will benefit Project Echo, a non-profit that provides shelter to the homeless in southern Maryland...

Rotary accepts grant requests thru Nov. 30

      Crabbing has slowed down for the season, but the benefits of this bounty are still being felt.          Funds raised at the Rotary Club of Annapolis’ giant annual crab feast are now available for organizations that support the local community. If you’re a local non-profit and in need of funds, consider applying for a Crab Feast grant.          Splitting last year’s $45,000...

Downtown Annapolis dangles three hours of free parking

      For the month of December, the City of Annapolis and Annapolis Parking offer three hours of free parking at metered spaces to attract diners and shoppers downtown.          The catch? You’ll need to download and use the ParkMobile app — available on iOS and Android.          Free parking continues seven days a week Nov. 29 to Dec. 31.         ...

Is massive sea creature a Chessie ancestor?

       Researchers in Poland recently announced discovery of what’s left of a pliosaur, a fierce predator that patrolled the oceans 150 million years ago, in the Jurassic period.          Paleontologists working a cornfield in the Holly Cross Mountains in central Poland also found bones from a second ocean creature, this one with a long neck, as well as bones of ancient turtles and fossilized teeth three inches wide. They...
Flycatchers, maybe hummingbirds
     In winter, birds that are displaced by severe cold in the far north don’t find the Chesapeake Bay area so bad a place. Unusually, one of the common visitors is a flycatcher, the phoebe.       Flycatchers are a class of bird that are acrobatic fliers with long fine feathers around their beaks that help them capture insects from the air. In Maryland, they vary from the least flycatcher to the much larger eastern kingbird. Occasionally, the elegant and...
A Bay Weekly conversation with Allison Tracy of Smithsonian ­Environmental Research Center
     Oysters are a victim in the climate crisis, by most accounts, and ours in Chesapeake Bay waters are feeling it like their bivalve brethren elsewhere.      West Coast oysters are hurting from changing ocean chemistry. In New Orleans’ French Quarter, eateries are scrambling to live up to their reputations as Gulf of Mexico oysters die, smothered by the billions of gallons of Midwestern freshwater rolling down the Mississippi River.      In...
Tour the county from Hole in the Barn Door to Mariner's Compass
     Calvert County’s mysterious new trail is not hidden, but you need a map or a guide to find and follow its course. Along the trail in plain sight are 17 wooden-framed images each with a design painted in an array of color combinations. Each has its own designation, like, Mariner’s Compass, Sawtooth Star or Farmer’s Daughter. The designs are so different that, despite being mostly fashioned on 8-by-8 or 4-by-4-foot frames, they don’t seem to have a...

Waging a fight against Japanese stiltgrass

    Microstegium vimineum. It’s a mouthful to say. A more common name for this uninvited guest to the Bay region’s forest floors is Japanese stiltgrass. On the first day of November, a cool crisp fall day, three nature-lovers — including myself — inspected a local infestation of the grass in the Severn Run Natural Environmental Area in Gambrills.      We stood in a forest clearing among the stiltgrass — which had already died off and gone...

Environment and history will shape Annapolis City Dock 2024

    Imagine a visit to the Annapolis City Dock five years from now.     If now continues unto then, that jewel of our capital city National Historic Landmark District — called “one of the most intact and authentic colonial towns in the entire nation” by Preservation Maryland — will be a parking lot that floods with ever-greater frequency.     However if the latest ambitious vision comes to pass, City Dock will be a model of and for creative...