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Kathy Reshetiloff

Bats, our best weapon against insect pests, need magic bullet to fight disease

With Halloween quickly approaching, images of bats are appearing everywhere. October also happens to be Bat Appreciation Month.

Bats are exquisite animals. No other animal compares to 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 on a bat’s hand are elongated and connected by skin...

In a flash, nature’s night lights add sparkle to summer nights

Every summer, as the Earth enters a region of space containing high concentrations of solar debris, nighttime skywatchers are rewarded with a wonderful light display: the Perseid meteor shower. The annual Perseids occur when the Earth passes through a stream of dust from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, although a close to full moon may make this year’s meteor shower a little less intensive...

Plants & pollinators: Can’t have one without the other

Plants, like animals, must create offspring for the next generation.

One way they do this is by producing seeds that contain the genetic information to grow a new plant. Seeds develop when pollen is transferred between flowers of the same plant species.

Rock-a-bye-birdie: Bird nests may vary, but each is home tweet home

A few weeks ago, I took advantage of the lovely spring weather to begin sprucing up my yard, neglected during months of cold and rain. Not many of my trees or shrubs had leafed out yet. Passing by my Virginia sweetspire bush, I noticed an empty nest, a leftover from a robin last year. It was an ordinary nest, cup-shaped and made of woven grasses.

Look around for signs of the season springing up around the watershed

The first day of spring is March 21, but March can be a fickle month with weather bringing everything from icy winds or snow to downright balmy days.

Depending on the weather patterns, it’s often hard to know if spring has arrived, especially if a late winter storm system descends upon the mid-Atlantic. Regardless of whether March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb (or vice...

Gifts for the holidays, resolutions for the New Year!

With the holiday season upon us, our attention turns to giving gifts to friends and family or ways to contribute to charities. Thoughts also turn toward New Year’s resolutions as we look for ways to improve ourselves or our world. So this is a perfect time to reflect on how to reduce your impact on Earth by helping to conserve the air, water, land and wildlife that surround and...

Bee grateful this Thanksgiving for native pollinators

Many people do not realize that native bees have been pollinating the continent’s flowering plants long before honey bees were brought from Europe.

As bees move from flower to flower collecting nectar, they also move pollen from flower to flower. Pollination occurs when pollen grains from a flower’s male parts (anthers) are moved to the female part (stigma). Once on the stigma,...

Don’t be tricked, it’s a real treat to have these animals around

Halloween. It’s probably your children’s (and maybe your) favorite day of the year with candy, costumes, pumpkins, scary movies and ominous images.

Among the ghosts and witches associated with things that go bump in the night are iconic creatures that because of their nocturnal nature or creepy-crawly character have been connected to dark forces. But when we clear away the...

Remnants of bald cypress swamps grace Chesapeake watershed

Towering over coffee-colored waters, a majestic tree, the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum), dominates isolated swamps of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Although more common to swamps in the Southeast, stands of bald cypress can still be found in parts of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, where it inhabits areas too wet for many other trees, catching attention with its odd knobby...

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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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