Creature Feature http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/feed/features/creature-feature en Killdeer, Up Close and Personal http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/killdeer-close-and-personal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Holly Lanzaron&rsquo;s picture tells a whole story of a new family</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Sandra Olivetti Martin </div> </div> </div> <p>Amid the ordinary, Holly Lanzaron chanced upon the extraordinary. In a shopping center parking lot in Deale, on the crushed stone, a mother killdeer sat hatching four speckled eggs.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;We didn&rsquo;t know that she was nesting right away,&rdquo; said the Southern Middle-Schooler on Deale Elks Club&rsquo;s sponsored photo safari with Muddy Creek Artists Guild mentor Bea Poulin and Hannah Dove. &ldquo;At first we thought that the bird was wounded and could not fly.&rdquo;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/creature-feature/article/killdeer-close-and-personal" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Hollys%20Killdeer-072717.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/killdeer-close-and-personal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/killdeer-close-and-personal#comments Creature Feature Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:06:48 +0000 bayweekly_master 39257 at http://www.bayweekly.com The “Meanest and Fiercest Goat” http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/%E2%80%9Cmeanest-and-fiercest-goat%E2%80%9D <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>It&rsquo;s not all peanuts and mints for the Naval Academy&rsquo;s Bill the Goat</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Audrey Broomfield </div> </div> </div> <p>The Naval Academy&rsquo;s mascot is a fighting goat. That goat&rsquo;s name is Bill, after a pet kept by the first president of the Naval Academy Athletic Association. The emblematic mascot is fashioned after the actual animal as embodied over the years by more than 37 goats. The first goat was only a skin, the remainder of a loved ship goat, and worn by naval officers as they danced for the crowd during halftime.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/creature-feature/article/%E2%80%9Cmeanest-and-fiercest-goat%E2%80%9D" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Bill-the-Goat-072017.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/%E2%80%9Cmeanest-and-fiercest-goat%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/%E2%80%9Cmeanest-and-fiercest-goat%E2%80%9D#comments Creature Feature Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:31:39 +0000 bayweekly_master 39248 at http://www.bayweekly.com Kudzu Bugs http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/kudzu-bugs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Keep an eye out for this nasty pest</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Audrey Broomfield </div> </div> </div> <p>It all started with the best intentions. Kudzu, a plant native to Japan, was imported to the southern United States in the 1800s to enrich soil depleted by tobacco. It then came to Calvert County to prevent erosion, stabilizing the Calvert Cliffs. Wherever it came, the woody vine with distinct three-lobed leaves brought problems.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;It&rsquo;s for good reason that kudzu is known as the vine that ate the South, for it can grow up to a foot a day in temperate climes with mild winters, a category that Maryland falls into.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/creature-feature/article/kudzu-bugs" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/kudzu-kudzu-bug-070617.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="73" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/kudzu-bugs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/kudzu-bugs#comments Creature Feature Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:54:58 +0000 bayweekly_master 38925 at http://www.bayweekly.com In the Grip of the Barred Owl http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/grip-barred-owl <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Those talons are sharp!</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Jack Lewnes </div> </div> </div> <p>As an aide at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center in Calvert County for almost nine years, one of my duties was to feed the barred owl. The owl was blind, or nearly so, due to a collision with a car. Each morning I would take a couple of mice out of the freezer and put them on a plastic plate to thaw. Before closing I would take the now-thawed mice out back, enter the walk-in cage and touch the plate to the owl&rsquo;s chin. The owl gobbled down the mice, whole, of course. I accomplished this simple task hundreds of times.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/creature-feature/article/grip-barred-owl" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/barred-owl-062917.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/grip-barred-owl" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/grip-barred-owl#comments Creature Feature Mon, 03 Jul 2017 22:48:51 +0000 bayweekly_master 38830 at http://www.bayweekly.com Hunting ­Zombie Crabs http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/hunting-%C2%ADzombie-crabs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Citizen scientists join the search for other life forms</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Audrey Broomfield </div> </div> </div> <p>With summer comes longing for adventure. Motivated to engage with nature and be a part of something bigger, I signed up to study the parasite Loxo and mud crabs at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/creature-feature/article/hunting-%C2%ADzombie-crabs" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Mud%20crabs-062217.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="91" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/hunting-%C2%ADzombie-crabs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/hunting-%C2%ADzombie-crabs#comments Creature Feature Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:24:59 +0000 bayweekly_master 38737 at http://www.bayweekly.com Cownose Rays in the Summer Bay http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/cownose-rays-summer-bay <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>This year, the winged swimmers are protected</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Audrey Broomfield </div> </div> </div> <p>One sunny afternoon with no breeze and the air hot and sticky, fishing was becoming a drag. We were ready to pack it in when the line zinged. With a leap of excitement, I grabbed the reel and began the labor of dragging the catch in. This would be no easy feat as the line doubled over.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;We were both tired when I lifted up my prize: a tiny baby cownose ray.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/creature-feature/article/cownose-rays-summer-bay" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Audrey%20and%20ray-061517.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="83" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/cownose-rays-summer-bay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/cownose-rays-summer-bay#comments Creature Feature Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:26:52 +0000 bayweekly_master 38632 at http://www.bayweekly.com Getting Out of a Tight Spot http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/getting-out-tight-spot <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Firefighters save Lassie look-alike Siri</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Audrey Broomfield </div> </div> </div> <p>Anne Arundel County Firefighter Brian Doyle and his team were out on the water training when they got the call. A dog trapped down a hole near Edgewater needed rescuing.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;His Special Operations Confined Space Rescue Team jumped into action, splitting up so that some could get their special rescue rig from the Jones Station firehouse while the rest headed to the scene.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/creature-feature/article/getting-out-tight-spot" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Siri-rescuers-060817.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/getting-out-tight-spot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/getting-out-tight-spot#comments Creature Feature Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:31:15 +0000 bayweekly_master 38502 at http://www.bayweekly.com Don’t Throw Back that Horseshoe http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/don%E2%80%99t-throw-back-horseshoe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>He&rsquo;s keeping the species alive</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Audrey Broomfield </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s a dark and stormy night, the moon is shaded by clouds. The only light streams from our headlamps and the revolving beam of a nearby lighthouse. The rain is pelting sideways, and the water is above our ankles. Tired and cold but hopeful, our trio trudges down a Calvert County beach at 3am, scanning the turbulent water for a prehistoric monster.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/creature-feature/article/don%E2%80%99t-throw-back-horseshoe" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/hunting-horseshoe-crabs-060117.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/don%E2%80%99t-throw-back-horseshoe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/don%E2%80%99t-throw-back-horseshoe#comments Creature Feature Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:40:43 +0000 bayweekly_master 38378 at http://www.bayweekly.com Backyard Chicks Now Tweens http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/backyard-chicks-now-tweens <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Soon these pullets will be laying eggs</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Audrey Broomfield </div> </div> </div> <p>Right about now spring chickens are no longer the cute, fuzzy bundles they were just five weeks ago. Just like human children, they have begun maturing &mdash; at first by bits. Now they look like mini adult chickens.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;So it&rsquo;s a good thing most chick purchases are not for cuddly cuteness but for modern homesteading.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/creature-feature/article/backyard-chicks-now-tweens" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Eliz%20w%20Red%20Star%20Thomas%20w%20NH%20Red.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="103" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Elizabeth Nolan with one of the family’s Red Star chicks and her brother Thomas with a New Hampshire Red. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/backyard-chicks-now-tweens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/backyard-chicks-now-tweens#comments Creature Feature Fri, 26 May 2017 16:10:24 +0000 bayweekly_master 38252 at http://www.bayweekly.com This Dog’s Nose is the Bee’s Knees http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/dog%E2%80%99s-nose-bee%E2%80%99s-knees <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Mack the Lab is Maryland&rsquo;s chief apiary sniffer</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Audrey Broomfield </div> </div> </div> <p>Cybil Preston and her bee dog Mack the Lab are official heroes in the state of Maryland.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Like all heroes and superheroes, Mack rose from a troubled past. He was a puppy in a dissolving family where three small children took up all the time the mother had to give. Preston came to the rescue, sensing Mack had the brains to pick up new skills. He did.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/creature-feature/article/dog%E2%80%99s-nose-bee%E2%80%99s-knees" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/bee-sniffing-dog-beehives.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/dog%E2%80%99s-nose-bee%E2%80%99s-knees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/dog%E2%80%99s-nose-bee%E2%80%99s-knees#comments Creature Feature Mon, 22 May 2017 17:37:31 +0000 bayweekly_master 38161 at http://www.bayweekly.com