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Bald cypress swamps support variety of plants, animals

Silent and towering over coffee-colored waters, a majestic tree, the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum), exists in isolated swamps of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Although more common to swamps in the southeast, stands of bald cypress can...

Fishing offers food for soul, as well as frying pan

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.” — John Buchan (1875–1940) Events that make an impression on us are those that we keep as memories. I...

You can attract birds to your winter landscape for a song

For many people, winter is a period of inactivity and dormancy. Holed up in our homes, we eagerly look forward to the coming spring to relieve us of our doldrums. The woods and fields are silent as mammals hibernate in warm dens and most...

Forests key to health of Chesapeake Bay

There is an old English proverb that says “If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden. If you want to be happy for a lifetime plant a tree.” To this proverb, I would add “If you want happiness for generations to come, plant a...

Halting this foreign invasion begins in your garden

We’re being invaded, but there are no armies, no soldiers. This is a green invasion. The culprits are aggressive, nonnative plant species that are silently taking over vast expanses of natural areas, wreaking havoc on local ecosystems....

A word to the wise about Chesapeake's owls

I’ve always loved the cool, crisp nights of autumn. The sky looks darker, the stars brighter. In general, autumn nights are quieter. The constant chirping of summer insects has been silenced by dropping temperatures. If you’re lucky,...

It's autumn and change is in the air … and sea

With all of the cookouts and crab feasts, it’s hard to imagine that summer is waning. Autumn doesn’t officially start until Sept. 21, but nature is already preparing for the metamorphosis.Trees and other plants are beginning to alter...

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