Mattawoman Snakehead

April Fool’s Day, The Mattawoman National Environmental Area, Charles County, MD Dan Betz, Mark Jascewsky and I went fishing on the Mattawoman, upstream of Slavin’s Boat Launch and the American lotus fields.  Working… Continue reading

King Carp

A Mental Health Day on the Mattawoman Dave, Steve and I took the day-off and went fishing for the day.  We got on the river at 11:00 AM and fished until 3:00 PM. … Continue reading

The First Shorebilly’s

Radical theory of first Americans places Stone Age Europeans in Delmarva 20,000 years ago. The crew of the Virginia scallop trawler Cinmar hauled a mastodon tusk onto the deck of their boat then… Continue reading

Dead for 32,000 Years, Arctic Plant is Revived

Living plants have been generated from the fruit of a little arctic flower, the narrow-leafed campion, that died 32,000 years ago, a team of Russian scientists reports.  The fruit was stored by an… Continue reading

Mid-September Wildflowers

Old Colchester Preserve, Woodbridge/Occoquan, VA A pretty picture to start-off today’s field work. Virginia Dayflower, Commelina virginica. Asiatic Dayflower, Commelina communis. Tickseed Sunflower, Bidens polylepis. Marsh Dewflower, Murdannia keisak. Ground Nut (wild bean),… Continue reading

Old Colchester Preserve

Old Colchester Preserve & Park, Fairfax County Park Authority, Woodbridge, VA. A view of the FCPA Old Colchester Preserve as taken from across the Occoquan River at the Belmont Bay Marina. Interpretive signage… Continue reading

Thank You NRA Foundation

Howard County Fairgrounds Thank you to the NRA Foundation for their gracious $5,400 contribution to our 4-H Youth Shooting Sports Program.  We have been fortunate enough for several year now to have the NRA Foundation… Continue reading

Shooting Sporting Clays

Being a certified shotgun instructor, I’ve read several good books on the sport.  Here is what I gleaned from my latest read: Targets are thrown at 40 to 45-mph. Trap is broken between… Continue reading

Piedmont Hydric Soils

MAPSS Hydric Soils Workshop Notes, Eastern Mountains and Piedmont Regional Supplement, November 15-16, 2010 Day One, 11/15/10 The v.2.0 (final) Piedmont Manual will be in force on October 13, 2011. A re-write of… Continue reading

The Elegant Stinkhorn

Scenes from the Field – Little Patuxent Floodplain, Laurel, MD Our new Trimble GEO-XH, makes surveying easy. American Hog Peanut, Amphicarpaea bracteata. Virginia Dwarf Dandelion, Krigia virginica. Elegant Stinkhorn, Mutinus elegans.  Green-brown slime… Continue reading

Potomac Crabbing

Labor Day Weekend, Crabbing on the Potomac River (Yes, the Potomac River) Dan, Jeb and I went crabbing this morning on the fresh tidal Potomac River.  We launched from Sweden Point and motored… Continue reading

Fishing the Patapsco In Ellicott City

Fishing the Patapsco River in Ellicott City with Waders, Howard County, MD Dave, Jeb and I went fishing late Friday afternoon on the Patapsco. In the course of two hours we caught in… Continue reading

Ben Franklin Tree

I spent the day evaluating prioritized stream restoration mitigation options in the District of Columbia near the Anacostia River.  One of the sites included the possible retrofit (regenerative conveyance) of a stream valley… Continue reading

Beekeeping Maintenance Day

“Bee In Your Bonnet” My bee mentor, Jim Chaisson came over today to help me with an issue.  I have one healthy hive and one weak hive.  Note how Tom D’Asto is protecting… Continue reading

St. Augustine

Visiting Florida, Thanksgiving Week 2009 We joined Dan and Patti Betz for a respite to Florida, as we celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.  Our first stay was in St. Augustine, which was founded… Continue reading

A Whiteness of Swans

Sunday Fishing on the Tidal Potomac A herd or whiteness of swans flying down river.  For the proper terminology for groups of various species of animals, check out the following link: You… Continue reading

Jabez Branch Watershed

Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Use Class III, Naturally Reproducing Trout Stream Amanda and I performed environmental studies fieldwork in the headwaters of Jabez Branch, and saw evidence of both Coastal Plain (round gravel… Continue reading

The Wilds of Prince Frederick

The Wilds of Prince Frederick, Calvert County, MD Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) is a native wildflower that has leaf tissue winging the stem, and hence the common name.  The tall perennial occurs both in… Continue reading

Humped Bladderwort

Humped Bladderwort  Utricularia gibba (OBL) also known as U. biflora The humped bladderwort is a native southeastern carnivorous aquatic plant that flowers from May through September.  The plant was classified as endangered by… Continue reading

Labor Day Weekend Pond Fishing

My youngest son Jeb and I went out fishing this morning, while Michelle prepared a picnic, with her family coming over in the afternoon.  We both caught several fish, but nothing to brag… Continue reading

DNA Barcoding of Plants

Cracking the DNA Code:  On a small island near Washington, DC, Smithsonian researchers have found a genetic code that could revolutionize botany. Until recently, taxonomists needed a plant’s flowers or fruits to classify… Continue reading

Beekeeping 101 – Honey Processing

Today was the near culmination activity that every beekeeper looks forward too, the removal of the honey from the hive. Last evening near sundown, I donned the beekeeper uniform and ventured out like… Continue reading

Pomfret Plantation

Crabbing at Coulbourne Creek, Somerset County, MD A few years back, I performed all manner of environmental studies at Pomfret Plantation, a 770-acre private residence located in Marion, Maryland on the shores of… Continue reading

Marking the Queen

Jim Chaisson and I marked our hive’s queen bees this afternoon.  Why would we want to do that?  So that whenever we should perform maintenance on a hive and/or extract honey, we are… Continue reading

Hibernating Black Bear Extraction

Black Bear Extraction and Relocation, Swanton, MD Our good friends, Karen and Chris Myer and family own a seasonal home in Swanton, Garrett County, Maryland, near Deep Creek Lake.  Other nearby towns include… Continue reading

The Fish Is Passing A Senko!

“Looks Like He’s Passing A Senko?” ( read on and you’ll see why ) Mark reels in big-blue (as in bluegill). This frog knows that if he leaves this dense SAV bed and moves… Continue reading

My First Bass Tournament

LAPRBASS Potomac Series Tournament, Leesylvania, VA I fished my very first fishing tournament ever, today.  I am part of a four-man team, led by Steve Kolbe, 13-year veteran Voice of the Washington Capitals,… Continue reading

Upland Bird Hunt

The Howard County 4-H Gun Club Hunts With Schrader’s Bridgetown Manor, Henderson, MD It was a beautiful November Sunday.  We had a mixture of sun, clouds, a spit of rain and both warm… Continue reading

An Introduction to Pond & Stream Life

Dayton 4-H Club General Meeting The McCoy’s, longstanding and active members of Dayton 4-H, participate in market goat, market and breeding sheep as well as swine.  This evening Mr. John McCoy gave a… Continue reading

Critical Root Zone

Laytonsville, MD Central Maryland is in a drought and as of 10/5/07 BWI Airport states that we are -9.21 inches below the normal precipitation amounts for this growing season.  I was going to… Continue reading

The Blue Angels

U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, Class of 2007, Graduation Week Ceremonies                                         Awesome!… Continue reading

Fishing was Cold, Botany was Hot

The Headwaters of the Mattawoman. After watching some of the Bassmaster Classic on ESPN, with last week’s fishing tournament on the Potomac River, and up into the Nanjemoy, we had to go fishing. … Continue reading

An Incredible Day on the Headwaters of the Mattawoman

Mark, Jeb and I launch out on a beautiful afternoon, partly sunny, dramatic clouds, upper 80’s and low humidity. Jeb takes a chain pickerel with a Blakemore Roadrunner on an ultralight rod. After Jeb (background) saw the teeth, he… Continue reading

Green Roof Technology

Center For Urban Ecology, USDI, NPS, NCR, 4598 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Washington, DC 20007 I had meetings this afternoon at three locations with National Park Service employees that I used to work… Continue reading

Forensic Field Science

So What Happened Here? I spent the day doing an environmental review of a large farm on St. Jerome Creek in Scotland, St. Mary’s County, MD.  I observed a dead gray fox hanging… Continue reading

Field Indicators of Hydric Soils

Patuxent Wildlife Refuge and Beltsville Agricultural Research Center The scepter of the wetland frog. Steve Harman of the Baltimore District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was the lead organizer of the… Continue reading

Silver-Haired Bat

The Silver-Haired Bat, and I’m Not Talking About Your Grandmother! I’ve been spending the week on a work site performing wetland delineation for the purpose of altering wetlands to reduce the chances for… Continue reading

Nature Wars

Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds In the U.S., the total cost of wildlife damage to crops, landscaping and infrastructure now exceeds $28 billion a year… Continue reading