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Dinosaurs Walked Within Miles of the Burchick’s Greenbelt Residence

NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD Our neighbor and friend Tom D’Asto works at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), and was able to give us a private tour of the just added… Continue reading

Live-Lining on the Miss Ashleigh

A spectacular afternoon on the water, as we launched out of Happy Harbor with Captain Bryan Schmitt on the Miss Ashleigh (Loosen-Up II). Dave Knorr organized this mid-life crisis trip, which included his… Continue reading

Managing the Viewshed

ESA, Inc. has contracts where we assist our clients with vegetation management compliance issues within resource protection area (RPA) and critical area commission (CAC) buffers.  These buffers are designed to protect sensitive waterfront… Continue reading

Mount Vernon

Happy Birthday Michelle!  Michelle and I both took off today and Monday to have a five-day Fourth of July stay-cation, and we spent this morning touring Mount Vernon, the plantation estate home of… Continue reading

True Forget-Me-Not

While working on my Saturday “honey-do” list, I was trimming invasive vines (Oriental bittersweet and multiflora rose) along a section of stream that runs through our property, and took a break for some… Continue reading

Pointed Blue-Eyed Grass

I did a wetlands/waters delineation near Waldorf, Maryland, of a tributary of Mattawoman Creek (Piney Run).  Early in the morning near where I parked my truck, I noticed several patches of Blue-Eyed Grass… Continue reading

Kerr Lake Weekend

Michelle and I spent the weekend with Dan and Patti Betz, at their Kerr Lake waterfront property in Henderson, North Carolina. I took my DJI  Mavic Pro and took a few aerial photos. … Continue reading

Radio Garden

Spin The Globe and Listen to Radio Stations Around the World Link: Radio stations are repetitive.  Different stations have their own personalities, themes, and genres, but they’re still beholden to the same… Continue reading

Cooper’s Hawk

I am working at a Potomac River waterfront job site and I stopped off at Roy Rodgers for lunch at Belle Haven in Alexandria (Dyke Marsh).  Coming out of the restaurant, I saw… 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

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

The Swarm

So, I’m working in my front yard, trimming landscape bushes and I see my neighbor Tom D’Asto, driving down my driveway with purpose.  I can see too, that he was fully gowned in… Continue reading

Deer Preferences Promote the Spread of Non-Native Invasive Plants

Selective browsing by white-tailed deer likely is promoting the spread of some invasive plant species in northeastern U.S. forests, as deer avoid eating vegetation they find unpalatable. This study provides evidence that deer… Continue reading

16 Days of Rain!

We have had sixteen days of rain, with the likelihood of two more days, before it all clears out.  According to Washington, DC weather records, it’s been one of the coolest and rainiest… Continue reading

What’s in Flower this Week?

I like when I have more field days than office days, in any given week, which was the case this week.  I therefore had a chance to see a goodly number of plant… Continue reading

Patuxent Wildlife Refuge

The early spring ephemeral wildflowers of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, North Tract – Patuxent Wildlife Refuge, in Laurel, MD.  It was a cold Saturday, where we had spitting snow in the… Continue reading

Church Creek

It has been a very cold late March and early April, which in turn has been suppressing wildflower development.  I had a job on a nontidal reach of stream that flows to the… Continue reading

Mr. President and the First Lady

National Arboretum Bald Eagle High-Definition 24-7 Live Cam The eggs are expected to hatch tomorrow, 3/15/16, on my son Jeb Burchick’s birthday.  March 15 is the Ides of March, when Julius Caesar… Continue reading

First Day of Fishing for 2016

Last week had three days with temperatures in the upper 70’s, which like the spawn, would make any fisherman want to get out and fish.  It was time to de-winterize the boat.  My… Continue reading

Snowbama 2016

The Big Dig! According to Foot’s Forecast, this weekends snow (January 22 and 23, 2016) was the fourth largest recorded for the Washington/Baltimore region. Doppler radar showed the awesome surge of incoming snow… Continue reading

Fresh Tidal Patuxent River Park

It’s Friday November 27, 2015, the day after Thanksgiving, and it was a beautiful day on the water, with afternoon temperatures reaching to 66-degrees. When we arrived at the boat launch the river… Continue reading

Aggregate Planting

Successful Tips in Ecological Restoration Mark’s Comment:  The following article addresses a planting practice that I have been utilizing for years in wetland design/build plans.  Both at the time of initial planting and… Continue reading

The Fresh Tidal Patuxent River at Jug Bay

I have a goodly amount of use or loose annual leave, so if the work is done, and the day is beautiful, I’d like to get in some autumn fishing.  Today it was… Continue reading

Drudge Reveals What Supreme Court Justice Said ‘To His Face’

Matt Drudge warned in a rare interview that future decisions on digital copyright laws could stifle free speech, including putting an end to his popular Drudge Report website “I had a Supreme Court… Continue reading

Trey Gowdy Leaves the Media Speechless

The Liberal Media is Worthless.   Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is a criminal.  Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!      

Friday Fishing

Dave Knorr and I took-off work today to go fishing, and we launched out of Smith Marina on the Severn River. It was a beautiful sunny morning, with mid-day and afternoon temperatures reaching… Continue reading

Nun Says Diabolical Act by ISIS Is 100% Islamic

Imagine a group of terrorists walking through your neighborhood and cherry picking the most beautiful Christian women they could find:  young nursing mothers, the women in your church, and so forth.  The goal: … Continue reading

Nuclear Iran

Barack Hussein Obama: The Enemy Within?        

Appeal Swamp

I spent the day along with Leslie and Will, doing a rare, threatened and endangered plant species survey in Appeal/Lusby, Calvert County, Maryland.  Our study area included a forested swamp (PFO1B), abutting an… Continue reading

Labor Day Weekend at Kerr Lake

Kerr Lake is the chain of Lake Kerr and Gaston, which are located on the Virginia and North Carolina border.  Virginians refer to Kerr Lake as Bugg’s Island and if you are local… Continue reading

Must Watch Intellectual Froglegs

Fantastic Episode! When both political parties hate you, you must be doing something right.  Donald Trump is our middle finger.        

Observations From The Field

I’ve been doing natural resources inventory field work at a location between Quantico and Aquia Creek in the Chopawamsic watershed of Stafford, Virginia.  With camera in hand I was able to get some… Continue reading

The Frogleg Minute-ish

A Post-Constitutional America?        

Bouge Sound, Intra-Coastal Waterway

We did some sight-seeing and fishing today along the intra-coastal waterway in Emerald Isle and Swansboro, North Carolina. Many areas of Bouge Sound are shallow and have grass flats, mud and sand flats… Continue reading

Emerald Isle, NC

Our family rented a house for the week at Emerald Isle, North Carolina. The Burchick Boy’s – Jeb, Josh, Mike, Mark (Dad) and Mark. Water temperatures of the ocean were in the mid-80’s.… Continue reading

Fishing the Chicamuxen

Steve and I went fishing today, launching out of Slavins on the Mattawoman, in Indian Head, Maryland. We launched at low tide and returned at high tide, catching a largemouth bass per hour,… Continue reading

The Ice Pond

I have a client that was required to remove an in-line pond that was built in the headwaters of a Use Class IV, recreational trout stream.  The “ice pond” was built around 1905… Continue reading

Asian Carp

Liberals Pass Bill To Change Fish’s Name Because It’s Hurtful and Offensive (banning names is all the rage with liberals these days) The Minnesota Senate approved John Hoffman’s (D-MN) bill to change the… Continue reading

Potomac Fishing

Independence Day Weekend, Happy 4th of July! Having off Friday for the holiday, Steve and I went fishing on the Potomac River, launching out of Fort Washington.  Entering onto the Potomac River, we… Continue reading

Supreme Court Ruling Mandates Concealed Carry Reciprocity?

SCOTUS Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Mandates Nationwide Concealed Carry Reciprocity If you get to marry, we get to carry!  If you’re following any of the various media outlets this morning, you’re probably aware… Continue reading

Bat Survey

I participated in an evening bat survey with subcontractors, for the purpose of being able to determine what species utilize a tract of land (presence/absence) on the Maryland western shore.  The resulting information… Continue reading

Intellectual Froglegs


For Largemouth Bass, Eating is a Whole Body Sport

“It’s like they are doing a stomach crunch to open their mouth.” Largemouth bass are power eaters.  They have large muscles running along their backs and bellies, which provide bursts of speed for… Continue reading

The Woodlands of Howard County, MD

I’m spending the next few days on a site in Howard County, Maryland doing natural resource inventory work.  The relatively mature hardwood forests include dendrite headwaters and several seeps. This week must be… Continue reading

Action Versus Rhetoric

Check out the Conservative Review report of presidential candidate comparisons on the issues, which is updated as warranted.  One of these persons will be the next President of the United States.  Based on… Continue reading

Digger Bees

I was doing work today related to the master plan alignment of a pedestrian trail for the Poplar Run subdivision and Bel Pre Creek and Northwest Branch Park.   As I was walking along… Continue reading

Selfie Sticks

A Public Service Announcement from Pizza Hut Beware of the Dangers of the Selfie Stick