Monthly Archive: April, 2014

Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve

Pennsylvania Power & Light Company Michelle and I went to Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve, which is a 60-acre natural area belonging to the Pennsylvania Power & Light Company.  The preserve is a forested,… Continue reading

Easter Sunday Field Observations

Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum surrounded by a carpet of spring beauty. Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata, a highly invasive non-native in bloom. Nodding Trillium, Trillium cernuum, a Maryland uncommon “watchlist” species (S3). It looks like… Continue reading

Holy Saturday Fishing (The Last Day of Lent)

A Tributary of the Fresh Tidal Potomac River Jeb, Jake, who is Jeb’s friend from River Hill, and will be attending UNC Wilmington on a soccer scholarship and I went fishing this afternoon. … Continue reading

Early Saxifrage (Micranthes virginiensis)

I found a colony of 14 early saxifrage plants growing along the rocky slopes of Stony Creek in Bethesda, MD. The branched cluster of 5-petaled white flowers were both fragrant and at peak… Continue reading

Palm Sunday Fishing

Tom, Mark and I went fishing today, launching from Slavin’s on the Mattawoman.  We got on the water at 11:30 AM and low tide was at 1:00 PM.  Uncharacteristically, Tom was on fire!… Continue reading

Botanizing Along The Potomac

Harbinger-of-Spring (Erigenia bulbosa). Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica). Toadshade Trillium (Trillium sessile). Bloodroot (Sanguinaria virginica). Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum). Squirrel Corn (Dicentra canadensis). In flower, we also saw spring beauty, yellow corydalis, cutleaf… Continue reading

Hummingbird Migration Map

Fishing the Fresh Tidal Mattawoman

Dan, Jim and I went fishing on the Mattawoman, a tributary of the Potomac River, in Charles County. We launched from Slavin’s in Indian Head, and fished upstream of the boat launch. We… Continue reading

State of the Science Bathymetry

State of the Science Bathymetry, Piscataway Creek, Fort Washington Marina While I was launching my Carolina Skiff, I met a gentleman who was just getting ready to leave for the morning. He has… Continue reading

Eastern & Star-Nosed Moles

Beagle 1 – Mole 0  (Scalopus aquaticus) I was putting the battery chargers on my boat and heard our pet beagle yelping with glee.  Looking over at him, he was flipping a disheveled,… Continue reading

Welcome Home Purple Martins

The Burchick Purple Martin Colony.  Supporting Between 30 and 42 Breeding Pairs Per Annum for 14-Years! Welcome Home From Your Central American Migration. An adult scout checks out the boxes. A scout performs… Continue reading

Amphipod Survey

Freshwater Amphipod Survey We had a client that required a freshwater shrimp survey.  After acquiring the necessary federal permits, and bringing on a specialty taxonomist, the field work was performed during the peak… Continue reading