Crossing your fingers that lots of butterflies, birds, and bees will visit your outdoor space this summer? Integrating native plants into your backyard is the secret to building habitats for these pollinators. Plus, natives are affordable and just as beautiful as the usual garden plant suspects.
MDTA Officer and Friends Detained After Allegedly Shooting Federally Protected Birds Near Key Bridge
A state transportation officer is in hot water for an ill-advised evening hunting expedition on the Patapsco River.
In these tense times, customs agents at BWI Airport are on high alert for all threats, big or small. This month, they protected our borders from a taxidermied Atlantic puffin that a passenger brought in from Iceland.
In 1978, a peregrine falcon named Scarlett made her home on the 33rd floor ledge of Baltimore’s Transamerica building. In the decades since, Scarlett’s fellow falcons have continue to nest on the downtown skyscraper.
This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks! Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.
The first bird my daughter, 6, learned to correctly identify was the Mourning Dove. I felt very proud of myself. “Good job, honey!” I kvelled, “Zenaida macroura, Order Columbiformes!” Then I thought, wow, Zenaida would be a great name for a girl.
Whatever are the many failings I have as a mother (the kids complain I don’t make chocolate chip pancakes on demand, and that I am sometimes “really boring”) are hopefully offset by the fact that I have introduced my kids to ornithology. Right? There are fortunes to be made in ornithology.
Lawyers, doctors, multi-use land developers? Feh. There are already a lot of those.
During the recent ice storm we got cheap thrills watching the mourning doves try to land as they usually do on the branches of the crabapple tree in the backyard, but the branches were so glazed with ice the doves would scramble for a perch, fail, and fall off. Their usually placid expressions and unruffle-able demeanors were ruffled. They had the look in their round black eyes like, What the hell, universe? which is an expression I know well.