Category Archive: Animals

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

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

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

We Have Nutria On The Run!

APHIS Uses Detection Dogs for Nutria Eradication This summer, Keeva and Rex, along with their two handlers, a wildlife biologist and a wildlife specialist from USDA’s Wildlife Services program, completed five weeks of… Continue reading

Silence is Golden

Hunting With Silencers Is Now Legal in Florida For the last two years I have been hunting with suppressed rifles in the state of Texas, and in my experience silencers just make everything… Continue reading

Opening Day

A Neighbors Farm, Clarksville, MD Today, Saturday November 22, 2014 represents Opening Day of hunting season for the Migratory Atlantic Population of Canada Goose in Howard County (Piedmont), Maryland.  The bag limit is… Continue reading

How to Recognize 5 Common, Lethal Deer Diseases

Like any other animal, deer are susceptible to a host of contagious diseases, illnesses, and nasty parasites. Even though most deer illnesses are harmless to humans, it is still important to be educated… Continue reading

How Far and Fast Can Striped Bass Move?

From the Maryland Fisheries Resource Office Question:  How far and how fast can Striped Bass move? Answer:   Reference the example of a fish that was tagged this spring in the Potomac River and… Continue reading

Tally Ho

The Howard County Iron Bridge Hounds Opening Meet Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Harwood Farm, Jennings Chapel Road, Woodbine, Maryland Today is the first time that I have ever had the opportunity to… Continue reading

New Species of Leopard Frog Identified

New Frog Species Discovered Inhabiting 1-95 Corridor from Connecticut to North Carolina The Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog, Rana kauffeldi Jeremy Feinberg describes a new cryptic species of leopard frog from the New York… Continue reading

Invasive Red Swamp Crayfish

I spent the day working with Stephanie, and we are in the process of obtaining permits to construct a nontidal wetland abutting the fresh tidal Chicamuxen Creek.  Part of our wetland hydrology will… Continue reading

Butterfly Identification

The Butterflies of Howard County, Maryland.  A Biological Summary and Checklist In addition to entertaining us with their bright colors and interesting life histories, butterflies serve as easily observed indicators of the biotic… Continue reading

Nature’s Clean-Up Crew

My son Michael went bow hunting last evening in our lower fields along the stream.  Just before dark he shot a large, mature doe, and then waited a few minutes to climb down… Continue reading

Marshyhope Sturgeon

Eight Atlantic Sturgeon Tagged, Released in Eastern Shore Waters Eight adult Atlantic sturgeon, an endangered species, have been found, tagged and released in an Eastern Shore tributary of the Chesapeake, according to the… Continue reading

Delmarva Fox Squirrel To Be De-Listed

Delmarva Fox Squirrel Now Proposed for Removal from Endangered Species List, Decades of Conservation Efforts by Land Owners and Land Developers Larger than other squirrel species and generally not found in urban areas,… Continue reading

Prime Chigger Time

Gross:  The Insanely Itchy Chigger Feasts As Summer Retreats September is the month that the chigger is most active in our area.  They prefer a temperature in the 70s and lower 80s and… Continue reading

Taking The Long Way Home

“Green Wave” Explains Bird Migration Routes A New Study Reveals Why Many Migratory Birds Don’t Fly In Straight Lines Migratory songbirds enjoy the best of both worlds – food-rich summers and balmy winter… Continue reading

Orchids on the Decline

Earthworms Eat Orchid Seeds Think twice before you order earthworms to improve the soil of your garden.  A group of scientists from the Smithsonian Environmental Reserach Center (SERC) in Anne Arundel County and… Continue reading

Stiltgrass and the American Toad

Ecological Ripple Effects Invasion of an area by Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) leads to some surprising developments, beyond the displacement of the native vegetation.  Most native insects don’t eat this grass, but wolf… Continue reading

Susquehanna Flats

My son Jeb and I went fishing this morning to the Susquehanna flats, in Havre de Grace. This is where the Susquehanna River enters the upper Chesapeake Bay, and the water is considered… Continue reading

Maryland’s Great Egret

I went fishing today on the Potomac near Freestone Point and then the Mattawoman.  Fishing was “off,” but we worked the SAV lines hard, and with multiple lure presentations. I don’t know if… Continue reading

Buck In Velvet

I was on a job site in Washington, DC, off of Foxhall Road and abutting Glover Archbold Park. I was taking notes on the performance of a wetland mitigation project, when a buck… Continue reading

In My Face Encounter

The landscape bed in our front yard was becoming overgrown and the foundation plants needed trimming.  Working down the row of evergreens, herbaceous plants and woody shrubs, I came to the saucer magnolia. … Continue reading

Snapper Trapper

The Snapper Trapper Jim and I went fishing this morning, launching from the MNCPPC boat launch at Jug Bay (Jackson’s Landing). A blue heron greeted us as we motored upstream toward Western Run.… Continue reading

Orchid Loss Blamed on Deer

Orchid Loss In Maryland Blamed on Deer: An Article from the Baltimore Sun June 20, 2014,0,7961033.story

Patapsco State Park (McKeldin Area)

Memorial Day Michelle, Mark, Jeb and I took a mid-day hike through the McKeldin section of Patapsco State Park on Memorial Day. We parked at the intersection of Marriottsville and Henryton Roads and… Continue reading

Fishing the Fresh Tidal Mattawoman

Memorial Day Weekend The Unofficial Start of Summertime! It was a tough day of fishing, as Dave, Stave and I launched from Slavin’s in Indian Head.  We started pretty much at low slack… Continue reading

Fishing the Fresh Tidal Pocomoke River

Dave, Jeff and I took the day off to go fishing. We launched out of Shad Landing at Pocomoke River State Park, near Snow Hill, Maryland, which is 20-miles from Ocean City, MD… 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

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

Hummingbird Migration Map

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

Patuxent River Park at Jug Bay

Jeb and I went out for our inaugural, opening day, first fishing trip of the spring, launching from Patuxent River Park at Jug Bay.  This portion of the river is fresh tidal and dominated… Continue reading

Missing In Action

Large Mammal Tension Swing Trap During the summer of 2013 we had a herd of 60 goats grazing on a client site.  The goats were held inside of 5-acre electrified paddock cells and were rotated… Continue reading

Life In The Woodlot

A Day in the Life of a Gray Squirrel Red-Tail Hawk vs. Gray Squirrel

Avian Ecologist Update

According to Mike Ward, an avian ecologist who contributed to the Illinois study, birds don’t need to migrate to avoid cold.  They just need to be able to eat enough to maintain their… Continue reading

It’s All About Aerodynamics

Why Do Birds Fly In A “V” Formation?

Backyard Reconyx Trail Camera Photos

I installed four trail cameras along the two streams at the back end of our property for a three week period to see what wildlife are working the riparian corridors. I got hundreds… Continue reading

Why Are Urban Parks Loaded With Squirrels?

The Urbanization of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in the United States.

Snowy Owls In Maryland!

High Number of Road Kill This Year

VA DGIF The scarcity of acorns this fall might have delayed the deer rut according to one hunting expert, because bucks and does have been so lean. Deer are also now more likely… Continue reading

Squirrel 22

Action Jackson

‘Action Jackson’ Enjoying The Field Flushing deer. Cooling-off and drinking from the Little Seneca.

ATS Wildlife Tracking

Advanced Telemetry Systems (ATS) Isanti, MN We have a client that needs to know how whitetail deer utilize their site.  Advanced Telemetry Systems (ATS) makes monitoring equipment for mammals, birds, reptiles, fish… Continue reading

FCPA Deer Survey Article

Two Articles of Interest from the November 2013 FCPA Resources Newsletter: Deer and Forest – Balance & Management I’d say that the results seen in Fairfax County are typical for all of… Continue reading

What A Cool Idea!

The Birdwatcher

Red-Tailed Hawk

The Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) I was in my back field cleaning-up fallen limbs from recent heavy rain and I watched an adult groundhog and hawk in my neighbors field.  The hawk was… Continue reading

Copperhead Coitus

Copperheads Caught In The Act, Worcester County, MD. Sue Muller of the Howard County, Maryland Atlas of Reptiles and Amphibians (MARA) has a friend that took the following four photos on Wednesday, October… Continue reading