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High schoolers take on English ivy

       Ivy-covered homes may look charming, but the more English ivy grows, the more malignant it becomes. Brought over by early European colonists looking to add a bit of home to their new landscape, English ivy is now one of the most devastating invasive species in the United States. The leafy vine climbs tress and chokes whole forests.
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High-schoolers’ oral history project revisits Vietnam through the stories and memories of its veterans

      No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.
–Richard Nixon
 
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Bay Blues, Safe Boating, Cow Laser Eyes

The Blues are Back
Good music for good causes at Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
 
Blues is a tonic for whatever 
ails you. I could play the blues 
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21st century tools reveal secrets of 17th century town 

       Along the quiet shores of Battle Creek, a determined research team regroups to search for remnants of the 17th century town of Calverton. Calverton, aka Battle Town or Calvert Towne, is among the earliest settlements in Calvert County.
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Their prayerful attitude is deceptive, for all three species are cannibals
      Three species of praying mantis live in Maryland: the Chinese, the European and the Carolina. As you can tell by the names, two are introduced species and one is native. All have a similar life cycle but differ a little in their preferred habitats.
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One native leads to another

       “How about a little Joe-pye weed? They’ll give you some color, purple flowers in late summer. Butterflies love them,” Elmer Dengler suggested. Bowie City Green Team member Dengler was dispensing advice to a customer at the Bowie-Crofton Garden Club’s 30th annual native plants sale, one of the ways the team promotes its mission of Bringing Back Birds and Butterflies. 
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Time for Annapolis to gaze at the heavens again

       It’s almost that time of year in Annapolis. There’s a distant rumble … the skies are clear, so we know it’s not thunder. We turn our eyes to the horizon, scramble to the highest position close by and search the sky for contrails. 
      It’s the season of angels — Blue Angels.
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South River Swim, Bay Bridge Swim, Rockhold Creek dredging, Straight Path 

Get to Know Your Waters Up Close and Personal
South River swim May 27, Bay swim June 11
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Don’t let your ear fool you

      Several North American birds imitate sounds that they hear around them. These mimics usually copy other birds, like the blue jay that commonly makes the call of a red-tailed hawk. As I follow birdcalls to take a photograph, I have to admit that I have been fooled more than once by a well-tuned blue jay. 
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SPCA’s annual Walk for the Animals

        Dogs of every shape, size and breed — along with their equally diverse human companions — took to the trails at Quiet Waters Park May 6. The overcast skies and cool temperatures made it a pleasant morning for the 27th annual Anne Arundel County SPCA’s Walk for the Animals.
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