Monthly Archive: December, 2014


Analemma Explained Click the image below to enlarge it.  It is an excellent animated GIF that explains the sun angle of the seasons. Note how we really begin to gain daylight in February… Continue reading

Nearly One in Four American Women Own Guns

More Women are Getting Firearms as Gifts Twenty-three percent of American women owned guns in 2011, according to Gallup polling, up from 13% in 2005.  Nearly 80% of gun retailers surveyed by NSSF… Continue reading

A Warm Cozy Fire Is Good For Your Health

Hearth and Campfire Influences on Arterial Blood Pressure:  Defraying the Cost of the Social Brain through Fireside Relaxation The importance of fire in human evolutionary history is widely acknowledged but the extent not… Continue reading

Trophic Cascade

The Critical Value of Hunters:  The Necessary Apex Predator of Suburban and Rural Woodlands A trophic cascade is an ecological phenomenon triggered by the addition or removal of top predators and involving reciprocal… Continue reading

Christmas Lights From Space

The holiday spirit can now be quantified and measured — as a brightening of nighttime lighting so distinctive that, if you have the right technology to observe it, is visible from space. Such… Continue reading

Some Plants Develop A Tolerance To Deer

Browsing by overabundant white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) has altered ecological relationships in forest communities across eastern North America.  Recent work suggests that deer browsing also selects for particular plant defensive traits.  The increased… Continue reading

Christmas Horse Parade

Fourth Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Horse Parade, Lisbon, Howard County, Maryland Twelve days before Christmas, and welcome to the Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade.  With the sounds of Christmas carols in the air, Michelle and… Continue reading

Blinded By The Light

Avoiding Wildlife – Vehicle Collisions The Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service has released a new video explaining why deer and other large animals often stay motionless on the road when approached by… Continue reading

Go Navy

Don’t Tread On Me The 115th installment of the Army-Navy game will take place on Saturday at Ravens Stadium, and Navy has a new, Under Armour supplied uniform ready to go.  The Mids won’t… Continue reading

Coyotes in Clarksville

Confirmation of Coyote, Clarksville, Howard County, MD My son Michael has been monitoring a series of trail cameras that we have set-up on our property, especially along our two streams and the primary… Continue reading