Articles of interest from Habichat and delmarvanow

Maryland Native Wildlife: Brood X Periodical Cicadas

Floating rafts near Ocean City aim to help nesting shorebirds on brink of local extinction: Click here to read the article
Image of a black skimmer with three baby birds
A Black Skimmer with her babies. Image: Lindsay Addison/Audubon.

Since 1992, the Maryland black skimmer population has declined from 278 pairs to just six pairs, the Maryland DNR reported in 2017. Similarly, common terns have declined 86% since the early 1990s, and royal terns by 60%.

Faced with the erosion of their nesting islands, royal terns and black skimmers are near the point of never being seen again on the Maryland coast…”