Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Like most birders, I keep a life list. It is simply a list of the first time and place I saw any particular species....

Most aquatic insects live in the bottom of our streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands. They are good indicators of a water's health because they live in the water for all or most of their lives, differ in their tolerance to amount and types of pollution and stay in areas suitable for their survival.

I am not "the outdoor type." I made clear early on that Mr. Wonderful, an avid athlete and outdoorsman, had made a poor choice in mates. He did not marry anyone even remotely "self-sufficient" or "outdoorsy."

Click here to see the author's first column on this topic.The ink wasn't dry on a story I wrote recently, a piece I called...

On this Memorial Day, remember Abraham Lincoln's challenge: "It is for us the living to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus so nobly advanced."

I have always enjoyed conversation with those who enjoy growing as well as hunting their own food. There is an insight that goes beyond the typical, because for each of them, this became a conscious choice at some point in their lives.

It must be because of the "aging process" -- med-speak for growing old -- but little annoyances are doubly annoying.

Like most people, radio stations, diner conversations and forecasters, the talk of late has been about the dreaded wet weather we have been experiencing....

When the water warms, the big stripers return to the Chesapeake Bay to spawn. A limited number of giants are taken there each...

What a difference a year has made. Last year we were in the middle of one of the nicest spring planting seasons on record. Now, this year's spring is making a run for the record books as one of our all time worst springs.
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