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Port Deposit goes all out to protect its endangered map turtles

When Towson University biology professor Richard Seigel began looking for the northern map turtle six years ago along the banks of the Susquehanna, the research project was a decidedly down-home affair.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources provided Seigel with so little money for the project that he often went on his own time, taking along his wife and son with the hope of spotting the shy, endangered reptiles. The work was only supposed to last a year, and the expectations were not high. The population hadn’t been surveyed in 17 years, and there hadn’t been many reports of the turtles in the area.

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Blackbeard & the Bay

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We birders shouldn’t be cheep-skates when it comes to funding habitat

“Raise my taxes” might be considered a joke after two decades of incessant calls for lower rates. But that counterintuitive message has worked before and may do so again. The beneficiary would be North American...
Michael Burke | Forum 10/20/14

Huntley Meadows’ wetlands attract a variety of species, including humans

Kevin Monroe is mid-sentence, describing how the “teenage,” swamp-like forest surrounding used to be a dairy farm with just a few shade trees, when something catches his eye. At the edge of the gravel trail, a...
Whitney Pipkin | Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network 10/20/14

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When the Chesapeake restoration effort began, scientists and policymakers raised red flags on the problem: continued rapid growth could easily counter any potential gains from ecological improvements. Twenty-five years later, the clean-up effort lags and the topic of growth receives little serious engagement. Even those who express concern about the true costs of growth tend to accept it as unavoidable reality, treating growth as an unquestioned force of nature that must be “accommodated.” Questioning traditional concepts of growth is avoided among political leaders and environmental groups, and little is taught or discussed in the region’s academic institutions. This makes it critical to re-examine concepts of growth, or the acclaimed bay’s restoration — and quality of life in the region — may be jeopardized.
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