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Rockfish, oysters and menhaden face a bleak future

Action is needed to rescue our iconic species

Performers make the magic happen

His friend made it a book

Electric cars take over City Dock

1.3 million acres protected this decade

      At a time when preservation efforts are being diminished, from monuments in the West to endangered and threatened species, a report this week from the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership offered good news.             From 2010 until the end of last year, more than 1.3 million acres of land throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed has been permanently protected, according to a report citing data from the Chesapeake Bay...

Lionfish “Taking Over the Atlantic”

       We encountered a lionfish in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago, and they still swim around in bad dreams.             They look like no other sea creature, colored like a VW love bus from the 1960s but with venomous spines that protrude like spears.             We’re writing about yet another invasive predator because of a report this week in Live Science...

But this hummingbird is a moth

     The hummingbird clear-wing moth looks and acts like its namesake bird. This is one of the few moths that actively feed during the day. They hover and fly like a hummingbird, drinking flower nectar with their long tongue. To complete the mimic, they have a greenish back and a pale belly. Their steering tail, however, looks more like a shrimp’s.      Hummingbird moths, common throughout Maryland, have excellent color perception. They are attracted to...
September may be your last chance
      Drying herbs creates savory seasonings, teas, aromatic potpourri and delightful herbal wreaths. We’re entering the late-harvest season, when both the intense heat that September can bring and the acute crispness of the night air tell us that the first frost is not too far away.       Follow these basic guidelines to capture the most flavor and fragrance. The flavor of herbs comes from the volatile or essential oils in the leaves and flowers. Oil...

A great cast can’t overcome a meandering script in this tepid horror sequel`

      Twenty-seven years ago, an evil clown feasted on the children of the remote town of Derry, Maine. A band of kids calling themselves The Losers Club beat the beast.      Or so they thought.      Now Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) is back.      But The Losers have grown up and dispersed. When they left home, they lost touch with each other and their summer of triumph. Now only Michael (Isaiah Mustafa) remembers the vow the group took...

Top-water fishing is invigorating

     Top-water fishing for rockfish is one of the few things that can get me up well before dawn. To have the quiet of an early Chesapeake morning broken by the explosion of an attacking striper will undo your nerves.      This time of year forage fish that provide sustenance for our rockfish are moving out of the upper estuaries and headwaters and descending toward the Bay proper, heading for their wintering grounds. Rockfish are schooling and moving up into the...

50 Ways to Leave Your Summer

Summer 2019 was then. We hope you enjoyed many days packed with fun in the sun and on the water.     Autumn 2019 is now — or so we hope, tempted forward by a taste of days wrung dry of summer’s humidity and blanket-cool nights.     With autumn, we expect light air, blue skies and leaves full of color. It may be Chesapeake Country’s most splendid season.     This issue of Bay Weekly shows you how to sweetly kiss summer goodbye and...

Re: www.bayweekly.com/node/50062       This is referencing Dennis Doyle’s August 28 column, Our Rockfish Future, on the declining population of rockfish in the Bay. What needs to be done is to apply some common sense to the fishing rules, but Maryland Department of Natural Resources, being a government agency, that may never happen.     Here’s how one angler kills many striped bass during the trophy season, due to DNR’s regulations.  ...

Re: www.bayweekly.com/node/49946 and www.bayweekly.com/node/50067       I always enjoy Wayne Bierbaum’s Creature Feature columns.     But, in reference to his August 15 column on cicadas, Late Summer’s Orchestra, there are three 17-year Magicicada spp, and three 13-year spp. Maryland hosts four broods: II, V, X and XIX.     In Maryland’s Brood X, the big brood, we have all three 17-year spp: M. septendecim, M. cassini and M....

But the breaking season — and Bay Weekly — are full of fall fun

If you’re so swept up by this busy world that you’ve got no time for more, please don’t read this week’s special Fall Fun Guide, 50 Ways to Leave Your Summer.     There’s so much more here that you’d feel overwhelmed.     But if you’re feeling early autumn’s invigoration — big breezes … the crisp relief of cool nights … the light, clear air of morning … the hurry-up call of mellowing light...