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Kathy Reshetiloff

Hurricanes no match for Baltimore’s Harriet the Osprey on her fall trek

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This spring, a pair of ospreys returned to a webcam nesting platform in Baltimore’s Masonville Cove.

The ospreys, named Frederick and Harriet by osprey cam followers, are determined birds. In 2016, a pair of Canada geese took over their nest. Although Frederick and Harriet built a nest at another platform and laid eggs, unusually cold wet weather in May caused them to abandon...

We must protect bats as if our lives rely on each other, because they do

With Halloween quickly approaching, images of bats are appearing everywhere. It’s a good time to take a look at one of the most incredible animals on this planet.

No other animal compares to the Earth’s only flying mammal. Like all mammals, bats have hair and their young are born live and feed on milk. But unlike other mammals, the fingers in a bat’s hand are elongated and...

By the time it looks like autumn to us, Bay wildlife is already on the move

With warm days still hanging on, it’s hard to remember that summer is waning. Though it may not be that obvious, September is a month of change. Autumn doesn’t officially start until Sept. 21, but nature is already preparing for it, transforming and migrating.

In the forests, trees and other plants are beginning to alter their physiology. Some trees have already begun to change...

Frightful yet delightful; ghostly nettles haunt Chesapeake waters

Chesapeake summers. They’re hot and humid. We are drawn to the Chesapeake Bay and its many rivers for a cooling dip.

Whether you are along a beach, dock or on a boat, there is that one animal that makes you leery of entering the water. But this intimidating creature is not a shark. The animal that rules Chesapeake Bay summer waters is the simple sea nettle.

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Take a pollinator to lunch: Plant a native garden

June is packed with opportunities to interact with wildlife and the outdoors. But can you imagine what the outdoors would be like without pollinators?

Pollinators — bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles are nearly as important as sunlight, soil and water to the reproductive success of more than 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants.

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Wood ducks add splash of color to Chesapeake’s riverine forests

For many Chesapeake Bay watershed residents, mallards and resident Canada geese are the most common waterfowl encountered. These two species are also quite comfortable around people so they get close enough to be easily identified.

But, explore forests near rivers, streams and ponds during the warmer months and you’ll likely come across one of the most beautiful ducks in North...

Bay’s elusive bobcats are more likely to be heard than seen

Few Americans have seen the shy and elusive bobcat (Lynx rufus). And yours truly is no exception.

Though the most widely distributed wild cat in North America, the bobcat is not commonly seen as it is mostly nocturnal and avoids developed areas with dense human populations. The bobcat is the only wild feline predator in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, found mostly in forested and...

Mistletoe’s berry special for humans and birds alike

Mistletoe has been part of many European cultures and used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. When these peoples migrated to the New World, many brought their practices with them.

Mistletoe is still gathered for holiday decorations. This evergreen does not grow in soil but on the tops of tree branches. Mistletoes are hemiparasitic, meaning the plant absorbs some of...

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About Kathy Reshetiloff

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Kathryn Reshetiloff is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Chesapeake Bay Field Office in Annapolis.

 

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