Creature Feature http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/feed/features/creature-feature en 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 It Really Does Take a Village http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/it-really-does-take-village <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Bats have a colony of mothers</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>Who knew that bats make excellent mothers? You and I do, thanks to Maryland Department of Natural Resources bat biologist Dana Limpert, who speaks highly of the brown bat.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;They take excellent care of their young. If a baby falls out of the roost or is injured, the mother will recognize its calls and rescue it.&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/it-really-does-take-village" 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/brown-bat-mom-and-pup-051117.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/it-really-does-take-village" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/it-really-does-take-village#comments Creature Feature Wed, 17 May 2017 14:06:54 +0000 bayweekly_master 38039 at http://www.bayweekly.com Airborne Arachnids http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/airborne-arachnids <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Look up; they&rsquo;re all around you</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>Drifting high across most landscapes this time of year, sometimes to altitudes of 16,000 feet or more, are airborne travelers that few people notice, though the fliers may number in the thousands.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;They are spiders seeking new &shy;territories.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;These ballooning or sailing spiders are generally the smaller of the many spider varieties and are borne aloft by winds on gossamer filaments, usually three, spun by the spider, forming a pyramid canopy that can carry them for miles, sometimes thousands of miles.</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/airborne-arachnids" 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/aerial-arachnids-050417.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/airborne-arachnids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/airborne-arachnids#comments Creature Feature Wed, 10 May 2017 12:32:56 +0000 bayweekly_master 37937 at http://www.bayweekly.com 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