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Today’s oysterman is likely to be a woman — and a farmer rather than a hunter-gatherer

Local artist Greg Harlin puts his stamp on the Battle of Baltimore

Species at risk in Maryland are a roll call of birds we know and love

No walk in the park in Chesapeake Country

Mountain laurel, blueberries and other acid-lovers, too

You never know what’s going to happen on the Chesapeake

June into July is the Bay at its best

“It’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away,” my husband emails, quoting Bono.     So I’m writing with urgency, eager to leave my computer for the Bay, the perfect rhyme to day and away.     I’ll feel the same tomorrow. What day isn’t beautiful this time of year? Why let any of them get away?     At the cusp of summer, light is long and weather moderate, mostly. Despite the leonine roars of a changing...

Unity Gardens spreads the green

Anne Arundel County blooms with the help of Unity Gardens twice a year. This non-profit organization raises money to helps community groups with twice-yearly grants to green their spaces. The new cycle to apply for grants up to $1,000 runs from July 1 through August 31. So act now or wait until January.     Since 2003, Unity Gardens has funded 200 local garden spots, helping groups from neighborhood associations to scout troops to schools green their spaces with native plants....

Playing in Annapolis: "It's always a good time."

When I go downtown with my guitar, it’s impossible to not meet new people. I’ve met a lot of crazy characters while playing downtown — plenty of funny drunk people, but other musicians too.     Jamming with other people around the Annapolis area and playing in the streets downtown has opened my mind to new styles and built my confidence as a musician. It’s an environment that always sparks ideas for new songs. I’ve come up with a bunch of...

Captain a STEM crew this summer

Many good sailors believe sailing is an art. All great sailors know that sailing is about the science, math and engineering that go into designing, building and piloting a modern sailboat. That’s not news at the National Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis.     “Sailing has a large crossover with science, engineering and math. Sailors constantly use these disciplines for navigation, racing strategy and boat design,” Hall of Fame educator Geoff Cuneo told Bay...

Don’t count your ducklings before they’re hatched

Over Memorial Day weekend, the egg appeared on a seat in my cockpit.     Clearly a boating friend was playing a practical joke on me. He must have come across a greyish-green egg as he was making breakfast and decided the obvious thing to do was leave it on the boat where my daughter and I make our home.     Not to be bested, I imagined a whirlwind of revenge pranks.     The next morning, however, I found another identical egg. What are the...

Kings fall, peasants rise

Another wild week of World Cup action, with loads of goals, last-minute rallies and unprecedented upsets.     Spain has been dethroned, eliminated from the tournament at the hands of high-flying Netherlands and red-hot Chile. After Monday’s meaningless win against Australia, the conquistadors walked off the pitch with their heads low and crowns removed. World Cup 2014 was an utter failure for the 2010 champions.     France, dormant for nearly a decade,...

The law is a two-way street for drivers and for cyclists

I’m one of those bicyclists that motorists love to hate.     I own a nice car and put about 10,000 miles on it each year. But my bicycle is my primary form of transportation. On it, I put almost 2,000 miles a year. I rode my bicycle twice across the United States, once from Seattle, once from San Diego. I run a bicycle tour business in Annapolis called Annapolis by Bike. I have taken and led countless rides through Southern Anne Arundel County. And I have commuted to work...

Can the Bay Gardener solve it?

About 30 years ago, I began to build up my garden with compost and leaves. Every few years, I would gather and put down about three feet of leaves to rot and be tilled into the 50-by-50-foot garden space. The garden now has a beautiful loamy soil. I have been planting with wonderful results for about 20 years.     About six years ago, I collected the leaves and put them down but did not plant for two years. I gather the bags of leaves, mostly oak, from neighboring houses....

White perch are ready to bite

White perch are ready to bite The day had turned ideal, overcast with virtually no wind and a full flood tide. I was busy tying on a bright-colored, one-sixth-ounce spinner bait and, while I couldn’t see my buddy Moe in the bow, I could hear him grunt, “Another one … bigger than the last.” I hurried to pull my knot tight. Of course in my haste I botched the operation and had to cut the lure off and start over.     After getting the knot right, I was...

Will the Boötids show or no?

Friday’s new moon provides a dark backdrop for the annual Boötid meteor shower, which peaks after sunset that night and before dawn Saturday. Most years the Boötids are a modest shower, topping out at a dozen meteors an hour. But every now and then, it storms.     This meteor shower was first recorded in 1916, when English astronomer W. F. Denning counted more than 100 meteors an hour. “Large meteors came in quick succession from a radiant in the region between...