Monthly Archive: July, 2016

The Fence Line

It’s time to band the bluebirds, for the second clutch of this growing season.  With all of August and September yet to come, maybe our local bluebird population will try for a third… Continue reading

Flying Through the Wetlands

Howard and Anne Arundel County, MD. Leslie, who did a fantastic job with the initial design, and I, are the process of building a seven-acre created wetland (compensatory mitigation) abutting the Patuxent River,… Continue reading

MD DNR Fish Tag

Dave, Steve and I went fishing this morning, and were on the water by 7:30 AM, launching from Smith Marina and onto the Severn River. Passing by many a crabber, we headed out… Continue reading

Purple Martins About To Fledge

This blog entry is just as much about a lens test, as it is about migratory Purple Martins. I have had three, 14-cavity nesting boxes in my back field for 15 years now,… Continue reading

What’s in Flower for the Third Week of July?

While working a job-site in the headwaters of Hawlings Creek, which flows to the Triadelphia Reservoir (Patuxent River) in Montgomery/Howard County, I observed the following flowering species: White Vervain, Verbena urticifolia. Horse Nettle,… Continue reading

Gray Treefrog Morph

While working at a jobsite in Hampstead, Carroll County, Maryland, performing year-1-of-5 wetland mitigation monitoring, Will and I observed a juvenile Eastern Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor). The metamorphosis of a gray treefrog from… Continue reading

Fringed Loosestrife

While working on a jobsite today in the Slaughterhouse Branch forested steam valley in Baltimore, Leslie and I observed a plant species in bloom that neither of us have seen before. I knew… Continue reading

Plant Urination

Maryland has two Osmorhiza plant species. While working on a jobsite in the Slaughterhouse Branch forested floodplain in Baltimore, I noticed an aggregate of Aniseroot, also known as Long-Styled Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza longistylis). … Continue reading

Camo Moth

When I went out to my truck this morning to go to work, I noticed a rather large moth on the door.  Because it was so way cool looking, I had to take… Continue reading

Potomac Fishing

Sunday, July 3, 2016 fishing on the Potomac, Mattawoman and Chicamuxen. It was a rainy morning at Smallwood State Park, but which stopped by 9:00 AM.  Steve launched out of Leesylvania State Park,… Continue reading