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Kathy Reshetiloff

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.


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...

Got brook trout? Then you’ve also got a healthy stream

“A wild trout in its native habitat is a compact example of the Earth working well.”  — Christopher Camuto

The brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is a small, brilliantly colored freshwater fish native to clear, cold streams and rivers in the headwaters of the Bay watershed. It’s also the state fish of New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.


Refuges offer many recreational opportunities to go wild this fall

The National Wildlife Refuge system is a network of public lands set aside specifically for the conservation of fish, wildlife and plants. National Wildlife Refuges contain a priceless gift — the heritage of a wild United States. Wild lands and the perpetuation of diverse and abundant wildlife are an essential part of U.S. life.

The system provides habitat for more than 700...

Blue crab a Chesapeake favorite for predators in and out of water

When you hear the words Chesapeake Bay, one creature quickly comes to mind: the famous blue crab.

This succulent seafood is the pride and pleasure of the Bay. The scientific name for blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, illustrates its value as a favored delicacy. Callinectes means beautiful swimmer and sapidus means tasty or savory.

Displaying an almost arrogant attitude, the...

Delmarva down to its last few nutria thanks to eradication project

There is a light at the end of the tunnel as the fight to eradicate nutria from the Delmarva Peninsula nears the final phases. Nutria, South American aquatic rodents about the size of small beavers, were introduced to the Maryland part of the peninsula in the 1940s for fur trading.

Since their introduction, nutria have wreaked havoc on thousands of acres of marshland on the...

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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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