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February 2013

        2013 Bay Weekly Issue Archives                                    

Marvelous Mammals

Event Date:  April 14, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm From the woodland bison which once roamed through the forest to the venomous shrews that lurk in your backyard, this talk will tell the tale of mammals in Anne Arundel County. Join Kerry Wixted, a Maryland DNR biologist, for a show & tell presentation, featuring furs, tracks and other animal artifacts. Participants will learn about mammal biology and ways to identify and view some of these curious creatures. Location Carrie Weedon Science Center 911 Galesville Road Galesville, MD United States See map: Google Maps

Ocean Exploration Using Underwater Robotics

Event Date:  March 10, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm Robert Lohe, of Phoenix International, will present a brief history of deep water exploration and salvage using underwater robotics - remotely operated vehicles (“ROVs”) and autonomous underwater vehicles (“AUVs”) - including a special look at their use in an expedition to the Titanic. Location Carrie Weedon Science Center 911 Galesville Road United States See map: Google Maps

On the Road and In The Round

Event Date:  March 14, 2013 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm On the Road and In the Round Featuring Artist: Craig Bickhardt, Thom Schuyler, JD Malone and special Maryland Singer/Songwriters: Emmy White, Mike White, and Ellis Woodward Thursday, March 14, 2013 Performance in Studio 194 Theatre 7:30pm | All Ages $15 or $12 for CAC &NSAI Members Three highly acclaimed, veteran performing songwriters team up and take the stage for an evening of magic on Thursday, March 14-7:30pm in Studio 194 at Chespeake Arts Center. The performance will also be featuring Maryland's own Singer/Songwriters Emmy White, Mike White and Ellis Woodward. Location Chesapeake Arts Center 194 Hammonds Lane Brooklyn Park, MD 21225 United States See map: Google Maps
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In vernal pools, renewal is under way

This time of year, marbled salamander tadpoles are already swimming through the shallow waters of vernal pools. Vernal pools are temporary wetland habitats in our forests. They hold water long enough during spring to attract special animals that you aren’t likely to see anywhere else. Then the pools dry up, so fish and other large predators can’t live there.     What is that? visitors want to know of the oddities they see when exploring a vernal pool at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.

Here’s to Magic Weisner, Laura Neuman and the power of possibility

The Odd Chance In 2002, a Maryland dark horse named Magic Weisner came within a half-length of stealing the Preakness Stakes from front runner War Emblem. Local small-scale trainer Nancy Alberts believed in Magic, who she named for the vet who saved the magically resilient foal’s life. That horse could run.     Cheering with the rest of Maryland, I followed the story to Laurel Racetrack, where I interviewed Alberts and Magic.

And earn you a buck a bushel

Oyster shells could be worth more than the change in your pocket if the Oyster Recovery Partnership can talk the political talk.     The nonprofit Partnership, which has planted four billion seed oysters in its work for recovery, is now seeking to persuade legislators to pass a bill giving a $1 tax credit for every bushel of oyster shells you recycle.

Red Wigglers demonstrate the inside story of composting

Red Wiggler worms are busy digging and dining in a compost Can-O-Worms at Annmarie Garden.     Second graders visiting Annmarie Garden on daily CHESPAX field trips explore the world of composting with a little help from the Garden’s squirmy residents, about a thousand in all.     Red Wiggler worms, along with eight volunteers who do the talking, teach the students hands-on and practical ways to go green in their daily lives.

Crossword creator Ben Tausig wins Orca award for Best Crossword

When your favorite movie wins an Oscar, you can say I was there — virtually.     You’ve gotten closer than that in the world of puzzles if you’ve matched wits with Ben Tausig, winner of the Orca for Best Crossword of 2012.     Like the Oscars, the Orcas are awarded by insiders, the followers of Sam Donaldson’s blog, Diary of a Crossword Fiend.