Friday, October 18, 2013

Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival 2013

The 33rd Annual Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival will be held on weekends throughout October in Montgomery County, near Germantown, Maryland.

In addition to pumpkins, Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival includes hayrides, pony rides, hayloft jumping, food, crafts, animals, entertainment, pedal tractors, the Twisted Pumpkin Corn Maze, Spider Web, and more.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fall Bear Activity

Experts warn that during the fall season bears may be attracted to trash, pet food, birdfeeders, and other human-provided food sources, which can lead to dangerous encounters.

As temperatures begin falling, black bear activity usually increases as the animals prepare for hibernation.

According to Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Keeping trash and pet food in a place where bears can’t get to it is the best way to avoid problems with bears.

Citizens should also delay feeding songbirds until the winter months to avoid attracting these animals.

Since bears may travel many miles in search of food, motorists traveling in Maryland’s western counties are reminded to watch for them crossing roads, especially during October and November.

Maryland’s bears will begin entering dens in mid-November and most are denned by mid-December.

To learn more about Maryland black bears, citizens can contact DNR staff 301-777-2136 (Western Region), or 410-260-8540 (statewide).

source: MD DNR