Tuesday, December 15, 2015

MD Monarch Butterfly Conservation Grants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently awarded the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) $32,000 from the Northeast Monarch Grants to States to support butterfly conservation and habitat restoration projects.

A large portion of the grant will help the state identify and restore 10 acres of butterfly habitat with assistance from the nonprofit Monarch Watch and Maryland Conservation Job Corps volunteers.

The remaining funds will go to the Masonville Cove Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership to restore a greenhouse in Baltimore that will be used to grow plants for butterfly gardens.

Maryland has begun planting habitat, including milkweed and other plants integral to the lifecycle of the monarch, on government land and properties.

DNR has also assisted in monarch butterfly tagging efforts within the migration corridor at places like Assateague and Deep Creek Lake state parks.

source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Saturday, December 5, 2015

2015 Maryland Fall Turkey Season Totals

Hunters reported taking 116 wild turkeys during Maryland's three-county fall turkey season. The one week season ended on Nov. 7. The harvest was 13 percent lower than 2014, when hunters harvested 134 birds.

Harvests by county:

Allegany County 36
Garrett 49
Washington 31


source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Monday, November 30, 2015

Delmarva Fox Squirrel Recovered

The Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel is no longer at risk of extinction, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

USFWS will officially remove the squirrel from the list of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in December 2015.

The species was one of the animals included on the first list of endangered species nearly a half century ago.

Larger than other squirrel species and generally not found in suburban or urban areas, the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel ranged throughout the Delmarva Peninsula of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia before experiencing a sharp decline in the mid-20th century.

With its range reduced more than 90 percent, the squirrel was one of 78 species listed under the Endangered Species Preservation Act in 1967, the predecessor of the ESA enacted six years later.

Since listing, the squirrel’s range has increased from four to 10 counties, and a population of up to 20,000 squirrels now covers 28 percent of the Delmarva Peninsula, primarily in Maryland.

Efforts contributing to recovery include translocation of animals to establish new populations, closing of the targeted hunting season, growth and dispersal of the population, and protection of large forested areas for habitat.

Delmarva fox squirrels are common at Blackwater (Maryland), Chincoteague (Virginia), and Prime Hook (Delaware) national wildlife refuges.

Prior to its 2014 proposal to remove the squirrel from the endangered species list, FWS followed a rigorous and detailed process to assess the Delmarva fox squirrel’s extinction risk.

The agency’s 2012 five-year review analyzed the status of populations, habitat and threats, considered the delisting criteria from the 1993 recovery plan, and ultimately recommended to delist the species because it is no longer in danger of extinction. A post-delisting monitoring plan will ensure the squirrel remains secure from extinction.

source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Maryland Boat Parades 2015

A variety of boat parades will be held around Maryland for the 2015 Christmas season. The following list includes events on the Eastern Shore and Western Shore:

Baltimore

The Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats is scheduled to occur in the Northwest and Inner Harbors at Baltimore, MD on December 5, 2015, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.The parade consists of 36 sail and power vessels of various lengths that will gather near Fells Point in the Northwest Harbor, proceed to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and return to Fells Point.

A lighted boat parade is scheduled to occur in the Middle River on November 28, 2015, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The parade consists of up to 50 sail and power vessels operating on the Middle River.

Annapolis

The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade is scheduled to occur in Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek on December 12, 2015, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event includes two separate boat parade routes.

Solomons Island

A holiday season lighted boat parade is scheduled to occur on the Patuxent River, Solomons Harbor, and Back Creek at Solomons, MD on December 5, 2015, from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The boat parade consists of 15 sail and power vessels operating on a designated route that includes Solomons Harbor, Back Creek and the Patuxent River, before returning to Solomons Harbor.

Salisbury

A lighted boat parade is scheduled to occur in the upper Wicomico River on November 28, 2015, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The parade consists of approximately 15 power vessels beginning at the Wicomico Yacht Club in Wicomico Creek and transiting the Wicomico River upriver to the Port of Salisbury, MD, before returning to Wicomico Creek.

source: U.S Coast Guard 5th District

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Holiday Bazaar

Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Holiday Bazaar
November 14, 2015
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Patuxent Research Refuge

The 2015 Patuxent Research Refuge Holiday Bazaar will include a variety of new and gently used collectibles, books, crafts, artwork, and other items. Food and bake goods will also be offered for sale at the event.

The Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Holiday Bazaar supports the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and the Patuxent Research Refuge.

For more information, visit www.friendsofpatuxent.org.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My Healthy Home App

 The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) recently announced the release of My Healthy Home app.

The free mobile app teaches families how to identify hazards in the home that may make them sick. During a brief quiz, the app asks users to find signs of health threats like mold, pests, chipped paint or standing water.

The app helps families develop a custom roadmap to eliminate risks and offers helpful DIY tips for simple fixes. A family can also use the app to explore a broad range of the services and service providers that already exist in their communities.

Availability of the app was announced at a recent Baltimore event kicking off National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week hosted by GHHI and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The event was co-hosted by the Baltimore-based GHHI, the nation's largest organization focused on healthy housing, which now is operating in 25 cities.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene commended GHHI's app and what it can accomplish.

My Healthy Homes App is available for free nationwide. During the initial phase, the app will provide resources for residents of the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. Resources in the other GHHI-targeted cities will be available in stages over the coming months.

For more information, visit www.ghhi.org.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Maryland Fall Trout Season

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently released roughly 3,500 rainbow trout in Western Maryland as part of its fall trout stocking program.

Fall stocking locations include popular fishing areas such as Bear Creek, Big Elk Creek, Blairs Valley Lake, Deer Creek, Great Seneca Creek, Greenbelt Lake, Gunpowder Falls, Lake Artemesia, Morgan Run, North Branch Potomac, Patapsco River, Town Creek, Tuckahoe Creek, and Wheatley Lake.

“When and where we stock is largely dependent on weather conditions, water flow and temperatures,” DNR Inland Fisheries Manager Tony Prochaska said. “If the weather cooperates, we will release about 25,000 trout by the end of October.”

Weekly trout stocking updates are available via the DNR website or by calling the Trout Hotline at 800-688-3467.

source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Friday, October 2, 2015

Maryland Fall Foliage 2015



Fall foliage has begun to appear across parts of Maryland, according to the Maryland Office of Tourism and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fall Foliage & Festival Hotline.

Some of the earliest displays of fall foliage can be found in western Maryland. Traditionally, foliage in Garrett County begins to turn around the end of September and peaks around mid-October.

Maryland's fall foliage hues usually vary from year to year, depending on Autumn temperatures, rainfall, storms, and other factors.

During the Fall season, trees release a chemical called phytochrome, which slows down chlorophyll production in preparation for winter dormancy. As the green chlorophyll recedes, foliage changes color.

The amount and acidity of tree sap also affects foliage colors. Strongly acidic sap leads to red and other brightly-colored foliage, while less acidic sap produces more yellows or softer tones.


Fall Foliage Colors

Yellows

Ash, White
Basswood
Beech
Birch, Rive
Birch, Sweet
Buckeye, Ohio
Coffeetree, Kentucky
Cottonwood, Eastern
Elder, Box
Elm, American
Hazel Nut
Hickory, Mockernut
Hickory, Pignut
Hickory, Shagbark
Hickory, Shellbark
Hophornbeam, Eastern
Locust, Black
Locust, Honey
Maple, Silver
Oak, Chestnut
Pecan
Redbud, Eastern
Shad Bush
Tuliptree
Walnut, Black
Walnut, White
Willow, Black

Reds - Pinks - Oranges

Dogwood
Gum, Black
Oak, Northern Red
Oak, Pin
Oak, Scarlet
Oak, Southern Red
Oak, Swamp Chestnut
Sourwood
Sumac

Browns

Oak, Bur
Oak, Post
Oak, Shingle
Oak, Swamp White

Maryland Oyster Season 2015-2016

Maryland's 2015-2016 oyster season opened October 1st in Maryland. For the first month of the season, only hand tonging, patent tonging and diving are permitted.

Oyster harvesting is expected to increase when watermen begin power and sail dredging on Nov. 1. Maryland's oyster season runs from Oct. 1 through March 31.

Maryland’s watermen harvested a total of 393,588 bushels with a dockside value of $17.3 million in 2014-2015.

The 2014 Fall Oyster Survey indicated that the oyster population is continuing to hold steady.

source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin - October Noreaster

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting heavy rain during the first week of October for the State of Maryland.

Some areas in Maryland could receive 5 to 10 inches of total precipitation, which could produce flooding of rivers, streams, ponds, and low-lying areas, according to the agency.

The Hogan administration has asked State agencies, including the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), to make preparations for the incoming storms.

MEMA is recommending that residents take the following actions:

Clean storm drains and gutters on your house to prevent overflow and water buildup.

Don’t wait. Communicate. Know how to get in contact with your friends and family during any emergency.

Fuel up your automobile before any storm.

If you have a basement in your house, shelve household items and make sure any electronic equipment is not lying directly on the floor.

Check to see if you live or work in a flood prone area: http://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/floodProneZones.aspx

Listen to instructions from local officials and know the current forecast by following your local emergency management office, forecasters, and news stations.

In addition to rainfall associated with a noreaster, MEMA is also monitoring Hurricane Joaquin which could bring additional rain and wind.

source: Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary 30th Anniversary

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary 30th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Glendening Nature Preserve
1290 Wrighton Rd
Lothian, MD

On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (JBWS) will host an anniversary celebration and concert at the Glendening Nature Preserve (Plummer House).

The FREE anniversary celebration will feature a climbing wall, hayrides, live animals, touch-a-truck, kids’ zone, guided hikes, food, local vendors, gift bag giveaways, native milkweed planting, and more.

During the celebration, visitors will enjoy live music throughout the day from the Jug Bay Jug Band, Bridgette Michaels, Rockfish, and The Back Pages.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Maryland Fee Reductions

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently released a series of fee reduction proposals, following Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement that the state is eliminating or reducing $51 million in state-issued fees.

Fee Reduction Highlights: 

Golden Age Pass holders will no longer have to pay a fee to use state park boat launches or ramps. The pass entitles Maryland adults, ages 62 and older, to a lifetime of free day-use entry into all state parks, as well as half price camping Sunday through Thursday.

The Forest Product Operator Licensing Fee, which requires renewal every year, will be reduced from $30 to $20 a year.

The Certified Tree Expert Licensing Fee, which requires renewal every two years, will be reduced from $25 to $20.

The Forest Conservation & Management Program Property Fee, which requires participating landowners to pay a $50 fee plus an additional .22 percent enrollment fee on assessed woodland value, will be simplified to a flat $50 fee.

The Game Husbandry Licensing Fee, which requires renewal every year, will be reduced from $10 to $5 a year.


source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Land Acquisition

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Dorchester County recently received approval to acquire 758 acres for $2.235 million.
     
The funding was among nearly $6.5 million in expenditures from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve 3,274 acres for five national wildlife refuges through fee title land acquisitions and easement acquisitions.

The Migratory Bird Conservation Fund receives money through the sale of Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps (Duck Stamps), which help provide habitat for wildlife and increased opportunities for refuge visitors who enjoy hunting, birdwatching, photography and other activities.

For every dollar spent on federal Duck Stamps, 98 cents goes toward the acquisition or lease of habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1934, the Federal Duck Stamp Program and Migratory Bird Conservation Fund have provided more than $800 million to acquire more than 5.7 million acres for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Maryland Oval Stickers

Euro style oval stickers are becoming extremely popular in Maryland. Simple in design, these stickers are used to denote locations such as cities, hometowns, regions, or other areas.

Early oval sticker designs usually consisted of two or three letter acronyms on a white background. With the increase in popularity, oval stickers are now available in a myriad of designs. In addition, oval logos are now available on a wide range of products.

The following are a few Maryland oval stickers and related products:












Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2015 Maryland Teal Season

green winged teal


Maryland's September teal hunting season will open on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 and continue through Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

September Teal Season Highlights:

Shooting hours are one half-hour before sunrise to sunset
   
The daily bag limit is six teal (blue or green-winged)

The possession limit for teal is three times the daily bag limit

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual Breeding Waterfowl and Habitat Survey recorded about 8.5 million blue-winged teal and 4.1 million green-winged teal in 2015.

For more information about Maryland hunting seasons and regulations, visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Maryland Boating Events

Boaters and other nautical enthusiasts will find a never-ending list of boating-related events in Maryland. Things to do include boat docking contests, boat races, exhibitions, festivals, and other events.

2015 Boating Events

Pocomoke Boat Docking Challenge
Saturday August 29, 2015
Downtown Pocomoke City, MD

Deal Island Skipjack Races and Festival
September 5-7, 2015
Deal Island Harbor
10319 Richard Webster Road
Deal Island, MD 21821

National Hard Crab Derby
September 3, 4, 5, 6, 2015
Somers Cove Marina
Crisfield, MD

Crisfield Maryland Boat Docking Contest
September 6, 2015
Somers Cove Marina
Crisfield, MD

Solomons Plein Air Festival
September 15 – 20, 2015
Solomons Riverwalk
Solomons Island MD

Water Works Art Exhibition
September 17, 2015 to November 01, 2015
Maryland Federation of Art
Annapolis, MD

Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Long Wharf Park
Cambridge, MD 21613

Crisfield Maryland Dock Day on the Bay
September 26, 2015
Somers Cove Marina
Crisfield, MD 21817

Tales of Annapolis & the Chesapeake Bay (boat cruise)
October 01, 2015 11:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Departs: Cruises on the Bay by Watermark
Annapolis, MD

Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival and Maritime Model Expo
October 3-4, 2015
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
St. Michaels, MD

Downrigging Weekend - Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival
October 29- November 1, 2015
Chestertown Waterfront
Chestertown, MD

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Baltimore Tall Ships 2015

Several tall ships will be visiting Baltimore during late summer and fall 2015.

The following is a partial list of tall ship arrivals:

USCGC James (WMSL-754) – 418' cutter
Dates: Aug. 18-21    
Location: Fells Point, Broadway Pier

USCGC Eagle – 295' tall ship
Dates: Aug. 28-31
Location: Inner Harbor, West Wall

Kalmar Nyckel – 141' tall ship
Dates: Sept. 10-14
Location: Inner Harbor, Pier 1

Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Schooners in Baltimore
Dates: Oct. 11-14
Location: Baltimore Marine Center at Lighthouse Point

HNoMSStatsraad Lehmkuhl – 322' Norwegian tall ship
Dates: Nov. 4-10 
Location:  Inner Harbor, West Wall

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015 Ecological Society of America (ESA) Meeting

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey will present their research at the 100th annual Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting from Aug. 9-14, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland.

The theme is "Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA’s Centennial."

The Ecological Society of America is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to promote ecological science.

Friday, April 3, 2015

2015 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival Performers

The list of performers is set for the 2015 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival, according to Chesapeake Bay Events, which produces the annual festival.

Star performers include Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy with Quinn Sullivan, Jonny Lang, Beth Hart, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, Shemekia Copeland, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Mingo Fishtrap, Jarekus Singleton, Davy Knowles, The Sisterhood of Soul with Patty Reese, Lil' Margie Clark, Sylver Logan Sharp, Lisa Lim, Justine Miller, Heather Haze and Leigh Pilzer.

The festival will be held on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Maryland.

Saturday, May 16, will open with 18 year old blues sensation from South Carolina, Marcus King and his band. Sunday will open with an all star lineup of local musicians, including Dean Rosenthal, Mark Wenner, Tommy Lepson, Pete Ragusa, Jan Zukowski, and Robert Frohm.

In addition to national performers on stage with video walls, there will be a variety of food vendors, a craft village, children's activities, and other attractions.

General Admission tickets are available for purchase online at www.bayblues.org or by phone at 410-982-0799. VIP Tickets are sold out.

For more information, visit www.bayblues.org.
source: Chesapake Bay Events, Inc.

Maryland Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement Open House

Maryland Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement Open House
Tuesday, April 7 noon - 2 p.m. and 5 - 7 p.m.
DNR Headquarters - Tawes Building
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland

Maryland will host a Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement Open House on Tuesday, April 7,2015. Officials from DNR, MDE, and other agencies will be on hand during the open house.

At the event, stakeholders will have the opportunity to learn more about the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement management strategies and ask questions.

source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Monday, March 30, 2015

Deep Creek Lake Northern Pike Survey

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is asking Deep Creek Lake anglers to participate in a northern pike survey.

Survey forms are available at the following tackle shops: Deep Creek Lake Outfitters, McHenry; The Bassin’ Box, LaVale; Backbone Mountain Sports Shop, Oakland; and Nicklow’s Wholesale Bait, Addison, Pa.

Completed forms are due April 30, 2015 and may be returned to the Department via:

Mail: Maryland DNR Fisheries Service; 301 Braddock Road; Frostburg, MD 21532;

Fax: with cover letter to: (301)689-7200; or

Email: to: matt.sell@maryland.gov (Please include “Northern Pike Survey” in subject line).

source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Friday, March 27, 2015

Geological and Geophysical Surveys Public Meeting (Offshore Maryland)

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is holding an open house to provide citizens with an overview of the Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Permitting Process, and get feedback on G&G activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.

The meetings will take place April 1 in Annapolis --  from 3-4:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. -- at the Doubletree by Hilton (210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, 21401).

For more information, visit http://boem.gov/Atlantic-G-and-G-Permitting.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Maryland Hunting Coalition Rally in Annapolis

High winds and freezing temperatures did not deter Maryland’s hunting community from attending a Hunter’s Rally at the State House on February 5, 2015. The event, which was organized by the Maryland Hunting Coalition, brought together hunters from across the State to meet lawmakers as they traveled to and from the State House.

“We were not there to lobby for a particular issue or to make speeches. We were there simply to meet lawmakers and ask they support our traditional privileges to hunt, trap and lawfully use our firearms” stated Allan Ellis, Executive Director of the Maryland Hunting Coalition.

During the rally, an estimated 75 plus lawmakers expressed their support for hunting in Maryland.

source: Maryland Hunting Coalition