Creature Feature http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/feed/features/creature-feature en Taking Fish Back to Water http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/taking-fish-back-water <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Fish in the Classroom goes to college</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>Whoever heard of taking fish back to the water?<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Trout Unlimited did, and that&rsquo;s why my Anne Arundel Community College environmental studies class of 25 students is carrying buckets of trout to the Little Paxtuxent River near Savage Mill.</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/taking-fish-back-water" 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/Trout-releasers-042717.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="70" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/taking-fish-back-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/taking-fish-back-water#comments Creature Feature Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:04:50 +0000 bayweekly_master 37830 at http://www.bayweekly.com Putting Muscle in the Bay http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/putting-muscle-bay <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Atlantic ribbed and hooked mussels are Chesapeake&rsquo;s Brita filter</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>Mussels are more than a seafood dish in buttery broth. Unlike those delectable mussels, our Chesapeake Bay mussels are small and tough. Our two native species, the Atlantic ribbed mussel and the hooked mussel, serve environment rather than appetite. Both are believed to be key indicator species of the health of the Bay.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;These filter feeders have a leg up on oysters. Due to their smaller size, they can catch the smaller plankton Picoplankton.</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/putting-muscle-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/Keryn%20Gedan-in-lab.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" 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"> Keryn Gedan works in the SERC lab comparing how quickly hooked mussels and oysters can remove plankton from the water. &lt;&lt;photos courtesy of Smithsonian ­Environmental Research Center &gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/putting-muscle-bay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/putting-muscle-bay#comments Creature Feature Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:17:12 +0000 bayweekly_master 37731 at http://www.bayweekly.com Catching the Easter Bunny http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/catching-easter-bunny <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Mr. Burrito finds his forever home</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>You&rsquo;re working late one night, taking out the last can of trash when a large moving shadow across the street catches your eye. After pushing down the initial urge to run back inside, you recognize not a big rat or a small dog but a rabbit. Still, something isn&rsquo;t adding up. This rabbit is much too large to be a garden-variety cottontail. A rabbit this big, and with a floppy ear, is bred to be a pet.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;You approach with caution, careful not to spook it. But it is carelessly headed toward a major thoroughfare while snacking on roadside debris.</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/catching-easter-bunny" 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/bunny-in-a-box-041317.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="79" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/catching-easter-bunny" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/catching-easter-bunny#comments Creature Feature Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:30:20 +0000 bayweekly_master 37615 at http://www.bayweekly.com Spring Peepers http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/spring-peepers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Spring&rsquo;s sirens are sounding</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> Kathy Knotts </div> </div> </div> <p>The chirping call of spring peepers, Pseudacris crucifer, is my favorite sound of spring. Perhaps it was my upbringing in swampy Louisiana that draws me to frog songs. I often find myself rolling down the windows as I drive home along Muddy Creek Road in southern Anne Arundel County to catch a wave of springtime from the marshes and wetlands along the road.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The chorus of these tiny frogs is one of our first harbingers of warmer temperatures and longer days. You&rsquo;ll hear them long before spring&rsquo;s official arrival.</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/spring-peepers" 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/Spring%20Peeper-032317.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/spring-peepers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/spring-peepers#comments Creature Feature Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:43:51 +0000 bayweekly_master 37337 at http://www.bayweekly.com Return of the Osprey http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/return-osprey <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Due date gets earlier year by year</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> Sarah Jablon </div> </div> </div> <p>On the first day, he soars through the air in a rollercoaster dance, weaving the sky with his fish flight: the dance of courtship. On the second day, she is with him, perched comfortably in their solitary tower. The osprey have returned to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. This year&rsquo;s return date was February 22.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Isn&rsquo;t that early? Don&rsquo;t osprey usually arrive after St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day?</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/return-osprey" 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/osprey-nest-building-031617.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/return-osprey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/return-osprey#comments Creature Feature Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:49:53 +0000 bayweekly_master 37238 at http://www.bayweekly.com Yellow Perch Spawning in the Upper Magothy River http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/yellow-perch-spawning-upper-magothy-river <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Filmed in their natural habitat</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Legendary in Chesapeake tributaries are spring spawning runs, especially of the season&rsquo;s harbinger, yellow perch.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;See for yourself, with wonder, a video of spawning yellow perch in pristine water in the Upper Magothy River, documented this year by Magothy River Association volunteers and photographed by Chesapeake Bay Program&rsquo;s Will Parson.</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/yellow-perch-spawning-upper-magothy-river" 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/perch-spawning-030917.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/yellow-perch-spawning-upper-magothy-river" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/yellow-perch-spawning-upper-magothy-river#comments Creature Feature Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:17:19 +0000 bayweekly_master 37144 at http://www.bayweekly.com Running on Otter Time http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/running-otter-time <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Check out Calvert Marine Museum&rsquo;s new otter and otter cam</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> Kathy Knotts </div> </div> </div> <p>They are otterly adorable. The two North American river otters, 14-year-old Chumley (aka Squeak) and year-old Chessie-Grace (aka Bubbles), love to romp and play throughout their habitat at the Calvert Marine Museum. Now you can see what&rsquo;s going on behind the scenes in their indoor habitat when you can&rsquo;t see these furry mammals in-person.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;A newly installed otter cam lets you experience remotely what&rsquo;s up with these museum favorites seven days a week. Log in to get a peak: <a href="http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/375/River-Otter-Live-Cam" title="http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/375/River-Otter-Live-Cam">http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/375/River-Otter-Live-Cam</a>.</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/running-otter-time" 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/otter-cam-022317.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="72" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/running-otter-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/running-otter-time#comments Creature Feature Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:58:57 +0000 bayweekly_master 37055 at http://www.bayweekly.com A Love Story for the Birds http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/love-story-birds <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>When a duckling lost its way, Patsy Wills rescued it and became its &shy;protector, surrogate and friend</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> Diana Dinsick </div> </div> </div> <p>Spring is just around the corner. Soon you&rsquo;ll see wild mallard mamas marching their downy hatchlings to our Chesapeake waterways.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The spring one of those countless ducklings lost its way, Patsy Wills of Owings Beach first rescued it from a tight spot, then became its surrogate mother.</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/love-story-birds" 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/Patsy-with-Duck-on-kayak.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="72" 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"> After rescuing a tiny duckling, Patsy Wills became its surrogate mother, caring for it as it grew, found a mate, had its own ducklings and eventually flew the coop. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/love-story-birds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/love-story-birds#comments Creature Feature Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:44:02 +0000 bayweekly_master 36800 at http://www.bayweekly.com Going Nutty for Squirrels http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/going-nutty-squirrels <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>The black, white (blond, tan) and gray of it</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;<a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/nearly-vanished-species">Dennis Doyle&rsquo;s piece</a> regarding black squirrels was very interesting.&rdquo; &hellip; So said reader after reader.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &bull;</p> <p>Been seeing them in Londontown by the Pub, yesterday and last week. Not sure if&nbsp;it&rsquo;s the same one or different ones. Cute.</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/going-nutty-squirrels" 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/black-white-squirrel-011917.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" 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"> Black, white or gray, our squirrels are all variations of the American gray squirrel. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/going-nutty-squirrels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/going-nutty-squirrels#comments Creature Feature Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:29:43 +0000 bayweekly_master 36561 at http://www.bayweekly.com A Nearly Vanished Species http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/nearly-vanished-species <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Black squirrels once were common in America before European migration</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> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>Peering out the front window with my first cup of coffee this morning, I was rewarded with the sight of at least a half dozen squirrels cavorting on my snow-covered lawn, running up and down the trees, chasing each other and creating a maelstrom of snow powder and furry activity.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;One of the frisking rascals, I noticed with surprise, was melanistic, a black phase of our common gray squirrel. Though fairly rare (one in 10,000) these days, the jet-black variety is a handsome mutation and jogged some interesting facts loose in my memory.</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/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/nearly-vanished-species" 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/black-squirrel-with-peanut-011217.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="81" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/nearly-vanished-species" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/nearly-vanished-species#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Creature Feature Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:04:21 +0000 bayweekly_master 36519 at http://www.bayweekly.com