Carroll County’s Big Tree Program

CarrolMagazine.com recently featured its county’s Big Tree Program. Click on their site to read this highly interesting article.  Carroll’s Big Tree Program 16 DAYS AGO  |  Carroll Magazine Synopsis by Muck Rack. Written by Amanda Milewski, photography by Nikola Tzenov. Recognizing Some Of The County’s Shadiest Specimens. In a county known for its farmland and … Continue reading Carroll County’s Big Tree Program

Splooting During a Heat Wave

Bears sploot. Dogs sploot. Cats sploot. Squirrels sploot. No, these animals are not sick. But what is splooting? According to CollinsDictionary.com, the word means VERB (intransitive) 1. (of an animal) to lie flat on the stomach with the hind legs stretched out behind the body NOUN 2. the act or an instance of splooting Collins … Continue reading Splooting During a Heat Wave

Chincoteague Ponies & Assateague Horses in the News

These articles were published in the last two months. All deal with the Assateague horses and Chincoteague ponies in VA and MD.  A centuries-old horse tooth might be the last piece in the genetic puzzle of Assateague's horses, by Zoe Sottile, CNN, August 7, 2022 "The famous wild Chincoteague ponies have lived for centuries on … Continue reading Chincoteague Ponies & Assateague Horses in the News

Vultures found dead of avian flu

More than 100 black vultures were found dead of avian flu near Fisherman's Park, near the border of Harford and Cecil counties. Read this article by Tim Swift. Several hiking trails have been closed near Conowingo Dam to prevent contact with bodily fluids or droppings from the birds. The public is asked to avoid contact … Continue reading Vultures found dead of avian flu

Sorting Chestnut Tree Seedlings at Cub Hill Ranger Station

These are additional images of our board members sorting chestnut tree seedlings. All were distributed the following weekend. Find the full information about sorting at these links: American Chestnut Seedling Giveaway (2022), American Chestnut Seedlings Giveaway on Earth Day, and Sorting chestnut tree seedlings, 2021. (Click on title of post to view the images.)

White Oak Initiative Workshop, May 26, 2022

A free 4 hour workshop will be held on Thursday, May 26 at the Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park. (See image below.) The White Oak Initiative is a diverse coalition of partners committed to the long-term sustainability of America's white oak forests as well as the economic, social and environmental benefits they provide. Find out more … Continue reading White Oak Initiative Workshop, May 26, 2022

Upcoming Woodland Stewardship Opportunities!

The University of Maryland Extension's Woodland Stewardship Education program offers and shares a variety of webinars, workshops, publications and educational programs for woodland owners, natural resource professionals, and interested citizens across Maryland. Please consider participating in one of these offerings. There are four events listed: 1) April's Woodland & Wildlife Webinar: Deer Report 2022 April … Continue reading Upcoming Woodland Stewardship Opportunities!

Deep Sea Octopuses Find Ways to Use Human Trash for Shelter

Creative ways octopuses are using garbage in oceans is an interesting article in Huffington Post about how intelligent cephalopods use trash and litter for shelters because sea shells are gone. The Smithsonian Magazine also discusses this topic. My Octopus Teacher, the fascinating 2020 Netflix film, teaches us about the intelligence of our intriguing friends in … Continue reading Deep Sea Octopuses Find Ways to Use Human Trash for Shelter

Free Zoom Workshop on The Importance of Bees, March 19th

The Baltimore County Forestry Board Will Sponsor a Free Zoom Presentation With Steve McDaniel, Master Bee Keeper, On March 19th! Six days remain before the workshop. Registration slots are still open! Enjoy a virtual Zoom hour discussion on The Importance of Bees with Master Bee Keeper, Steve McDaniel, at 7 PM on Saturday March 19th.. His topic will … Continue reading Free Zoom Workshop on The Importance of Bees, March 19th

How Do Birds Survive the Final Months of Winter?

Watching backyard birds at my feeders from November through the end of February, I've wondered how they manage to survive a dearth of food and cold- and wind-free shelters throughout the long winter months. In my back yard I provide a variety of foods to satisfy different species, from suet cakes for woodpeckers, to small … Continue reading How Do Birds Survive the Final Months of Winter?

Spotted Lanternflies Now in Central Maryland

According to Morning Ag Clips, all of Central Maryland is now in the spotted lantern fly quarantine zone. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) expanded its spotted lanternfly quarantine to include the following counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery and Washington, as well as Baltimore City.A map of the new … Continue reading Spotted Lanternflies Now in Central Maryland

Peter Sheggrud: Natural Resources Career Camp 2021 Student, Baltimore County Forestry Board

Earlier in October, Peter Sheggrud, who represented Baltimore County Forestry Board at the NRCC this year, attended our Board meeting to discuss his experiences during the week. They were quite positive. Of course, COVID-19 affected some of the traditional ways that the NRCC has been held in the past. Mrs. Sheggrud regretted that parents could … Continue reading Peter Sheggrud: Natural Resources Career Camp 2021 Student, Baltimore County Forestry Board