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Kathy Reshetiloff

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...

Spying a flying squirrel can brighten one’s spirits on the darkest night

​Summer nights in my backyard include the usual wildlife visitors: crickets, toads, bats and the occasional deer. But one particularly steamy August night I was rewarded with a glimpse of a new nocturnal guest. While letting out my dog, I was startled by a small animal hanging on my bird feeder. Its large eyes reflected the glare of the porch light as the small mammal stood...

For a reel good time, nothing beats fishing in the Chesapeake, its rivers

It’s incredible the variety of fish that can be caught around the Chesapeake Bay. Freshwater creeks, brackish rivers and the Bay proper all support different quarry — and different techniques to suit all types of anglers.

This sport isn’t just versatile, it’s also valuable. Fishing helps to conserve our aquatic resources. Excise taxes on fishing equipment, motorboat and small...

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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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