Riley’s Lock

The Nontidal Upper Potomac River at Riley’s Lock, Potomac, Montgomery County, MD It’s always fun to fish new water.  Today Dan and his father Larry Betz and I went to Riley’s Lock on… Continue reading

Fishing with Mike & Meg

Friday Fishing on the Potomac River Bluebird skies, a sunny morning with temperatures to reach in the upper 80’s and low humidity.  It’s time to go fishing! My son Mike, Meg and I… Continue reading

Sagittaria subulata

The Late July Wildflowers of Mattawoman Creek Wild Petunia Ruellia caroliniensis, is a perennial of sandy soils.  This native occurs from Maryland, south to Florida and west to Texas and flowers from late… Continue reading

FM 105.7 The Fan

An Afternoon with the Broadcasters of FM 105.7 “The Fan,” Catonsville/Baltimore, MD Jeb and I spent the afternoon as the guest of 105.7 sports broadcaster, Steve Kolbe, as he gave his Baltimore Orioles… Continue reading

Mattawoman & Chicamuxen

Many of the points, islands and coves on the Mattawoman and Chicamuxen belong to the Navy at Indian Head, Main Side and Stump Neck. Leslie and I took Navy personnel to see two… Continue reading

St. Inigoes Plant Survey

St. Inigoes, St. Mary’s County, MD Clasping-Leaf St. John’swort (Hypericum gymamthum), a Maryland DNR Natural Heritage Program S3 watchlist species. We observed dozens of aggregates of clasping-leaf St. John’swort, which behaves as an… Continue reading

Striped Bass Bonanza

Chesapeake Bay, Anne Arundel County, MD Dave and I were going to fish the Tuckahoe, but decided to try the Bay instead.  We launched from Sunrise Beach on the Severn (Joshua and Jessica’s… Continue reading

Field Trials

Field Trials for the Burchick Bait Company Lure It’s summertime in Clarksville, Howard County, MD Jeb purchased a soft plastic mold to make his own custom poured fishing lures.  Working out of our… Continue reading

Six-Lined Racerunner

Six-Lined Racerunner and Green-Fringed Orchid, Chicamuxen / Indian Head, Charles County, MD Tomorrow is the first day of summer, having the longest daytime light of the year.  I was in the field along… Continue reading

Backwater Fishing

The Intra-Coastal Waterway, Myrtle Beach, SC My brother Jamie, my sons Mark, Jeb and I spent the morning fishing along the intra-coastal waterway. We fished marsh grass edges, coves, channels, structure and oyster… Continue reading

Diamondback Terrapin

The Diamondback Terrapin, our Maryland State Reptile! Leslie and I are in the process of performing an ongoing rare, threatened and endangered plant survey for a client in St. Mary’s County, MD.  While… Continue reading

Lake Management

Lake Management – Freshwater Fisheries Survey Dave, Amy, Charlotte and I are in the process of performing a fish population dynamics study for a client. In order to determine if the lake fisheries… Continue reading

Western Run

Patuxent River at Jug Bay, Mount Calvert & Western Run, Prince George’s County, MD Dan, Jim and I went fresh-tidal fishing this morning from 10:00 till 2:00 PM.  High tide was at noon.… Continue reading

Virginia Sweetspire

Virginia Sweetspire, Itea virginica Virginia sweetspire is a native wetland shrub (FACW) that occurs from Maryland, south to Florida and west to Texas.  This plant was photographed along the edge of Thoroughfare Island… Continue reading

Eastern Snapping Turtle

Eastern Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina While performing plant survey work for a federal client near Indian Head on Chicamuxen Creek (Charles County, MD), Dave and I came across a female snapping turtle, preparing… Continue reading

Broad-Headed Skink

Broad-Headed Skink (Plestiodon laticeps) While performing a rare, threatened and endangered (RTE) plant species survey for a central Maryland client, Leslie and I came across a male broad-headed skink, in full/peak breeding color.… Continue reading

Green Tree Frog

Green Tree Frog, Hyla cinerea While doing plant survey work by boat on the Mattawoman and Chicamuxen tributaries, Dave and I observed a green tree frog.  The marsh where we found the frog… Continue reading

Patuxent River Trail

Fulton, Howard County, MD A section of trail on WSSC land between Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge Reservoirs. Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum. Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum. Jack-In-The-Pulpit, Arisaema atrorubens. Sweet Cicely, Osmorhiza claytoni. Common Dandelion,… Continue reading


The Fresh Tidal Pocomoke & Nassawango, Worcester County, MD A prothonotary warbler welcomes Dave, Jeff and I to the cypress swamps of the Pocomoke, at Shad Landing State Park, in Worcester County, near… Continue reading

Opening Day on the Chesapeake Bay

It’s opening day on the Chesapeake Bay for the spring striped bass season.  Dan Betz chartered the 48-foot Loosen-Up (301-261-5869) out of Happy Harbor in Deale, Maryland. This is my fourth year taking… Continue reading

Honeybee Hive Establishment

Clarksville, Howard County, MD Today was the Burchick’s honeybee hive pick-up day, for an order that we placed back in February.  Jim and Betsy Chaisson, neighbors, friends and bee mentor and I purchased… Continue reading

Potomac Largemouth Bass Study

Bass Catch Index –  The fresh tidal bass program has collected data on the distribution of largemouth bass in the Potomac River since the 1980s. Its survey methods became standardized among other rivers… Continue reading

The 1946 Battle of Athens

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty. – Thomas Jefferson Source Article:    

Osprey Return to Jug Bay

Fresh-Tidal Patuxent River at Jug Bay, Mattaponi Creek and Western Run Dave, Steve and I launched out of Jackson Landing at Jug Bay for a day of fishing.  The very first thing we… Continue reading

What Happens to Fish When a Pond Freezes?

Sometimes during the winter months of January and February, we can get an extended period of freezing temperatures in Maryland, enough to cause a pond to freeze over.  What causes this? Well, as… Continue reading

The Mattawoman

Taking the day off, Steve Kolbe and I went fishing for the day.  It was a sunny, chilly morning on the Mattawoman.  With only three other boat trailers at the launch, we felt like… Continue reading

ICC Wildlife Passage

Hydric Soils Class

Field Indicators of Hydric (Wetland) Soils in the Atlantic Coastal Plain, Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Soil Scientists (MAPSS) The one-day soils class was held at the Lions Club Camp Merrick,… Continue reading

Autumn Colors Arriving Four Days Late

Migratory Bird Survey

Natural History Observations, Anne Arundel County, MD The false flower bloom of an escaped ornamental pear.  Some plants get tricked in believing its spring as flowers are triggered to bloom based on day-length… Continue reading

SAV Survey

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Survey, Neabsco Creek, Woodbridge, VA Jim and I performed an SAV survey of the fresh-tidal headwaters of Neabsco Creek this morning.  We launched out of Smallwood State Park in… Continue reading

George Washington’s Distillery

Fishing on the Potomac and Douge Creek My son Mike and I went fishing this afternoon and we took Action Jackson along. Launching from the Mattawoman, we went over to the Occoquan and… Continue reading

What’s In Flower Today

. . . and the difference between Virgin’s Bower and Sweet Autumn Clematis, Anne Arundel Country, MD Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa. Sneezeweed, Helenium autumnale. Shrubby Bushclover, Lespedeza bicolor. Indiangrass, Sorgastrum nutans. Panicled Hawkweed,… Continue reading

Spiny Nodosaur Footprints Found

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD The corridor between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., is known as “Dinosaur Alley,” because so many of the beasts’ fossils were discovered during iron mining in the… Continue reading

Cut-Leaf Coneflower

Can you find the praying mantis in this photo? Cut-Leaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) is also commonly known as green-headed coneflower.  The late summer native sunflower is in the aster family and occurs throughout… Continue reading

Yellow-Flowered Leaf-Cup

Charles County, MD Formerly known as Polymnia uvedalius, and also commonly known as Bear’s Foot or Hairy Leaf-Cup.  The plant is considered an uncommon native in Maryland and Delaware and is an endangered… Continue reading

Maryland’s Ancient Groundwater

Maryland Groundwater Dated to More Than 2 Million Years Old Glaciers that melted more than two million years ago deposited layers of sediment around what is now the Chesapeake Bay. Underground rivers run… Continue reading

Honey Extraction

Burchick Residence, Clarksville, MD Beekeepers Mark Burchick, Ned Wall, Jim Chaisson and Don Littleton.  It was 90-degrees and humid at game time. What a beautiful frame! We checked all six of the hives… Continue reading


Plant of the Day, Galinsoga ciliata, Quickweed or Shaggy Soldier I observed dozens of this plant within a wetland that I was monitoring.  it is a fast-growing summer annual, and all parts of… Continue reading

Maryland Biodiversity Project

The Maryland Biodiversity Project (MBP) is cataloging all of the living things in Maryland.  Their goal is to promote education and conservation by helping to build a vibrant nature study community.  The project… Continue reading

Misty of Chincoteague

The Wild Horses of Assateague and Chincoteague Island, Maryland and Virgina Barrier Islands An afternoon boat trip on Sinepuxent Bay (Inter-Coastal Waterway), to site-see Assateague Island National Seashore and hopefully wild horses. Found… Continue reading

Ocean City Vacation

Ocean City, Worcester County, Maryland Dan and I spent an afternoon fishing on the Pocomoke River at Dividing Creek. Designated as a wild and scenic river, the Pocomoke is the only bald cypress… Continue reading

Scenes from the Bee Hive

Jim and I introduced a new queen to a hive this afternoon.  Hopefully she will take and our hive will prosper. It appears that the bulk of the honey flow production has been… Continue reading


Anglepod, Matelea carolinensis Anglepod is a MD DNR Natural Heritage Program endangered species, and is considered highly state rare (S1) with typically five or fewer known populations/occurrences within the state. Maryland represents the… Continue reading

Small Mammal Survey

We performed a small mammal survey for a Maryland client.  We installed twelve 100-foot line (index) transects, using aluminum collapsible Sherman Live Traps, placed every 20-feet along the transect, for a total of… Continue reading

Zebra Swallowtail

Unlike the common tiger swallowtail that we are all familiar with, the Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus) is also habitat specific that we do not often see it, although common if you are in… Continue reading

Memorial Weekend at Kerr Lake

A Weekend of Fishing with the Betz Family, Kerr Lake, Henderson, NC 50,000-acre reservoir with 800-miles of forested shoreline! Michelle and I spent the weekend with Dan and Patti Betz at their waterfront… Continue reading

A Guide to Birding Field Guides

Knowing a Hawk from a Handsaw, Wall Street Journal, Laura Jacobs Like Emily Post’s “Etiquette” and Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” Roger Tory Peterson’s “A Field Guide to the Birds”… Continue reading

Kittamaqundi Heron Rookery

I understand that there are at least three great blue heron (Ardea herodius) rookeries in Howard County, MD.  A rookery is a colony of breeding blue herons, where multiple pairs nest together.  The… Continue reading

Spring Honeybee Management

Two out of my five been hives did not make it through the winter, and I needed to back-fill two empty hives. When you purchase bees, they come in two alternatives.  The first… Continue reading