Monday, May 23, 2011

Baby Robins Fly Away

I had been noticing this robin's nest at the edge of our terrace. The mother was coming to feed the babies quite often. I didn't see them poke out until Saturday.

This may be the mother foraging on our lawn.

Yesterday, one of the babies flew away. I didn't have my camera nearby to see it try its first flight. Here is the second baby, before it, too, flew away.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

South Mountain Speakers - Conserving Treasured Landscapes in the Chesapeake

Last night I attended the South Mountain Speakers event in Getttysburg on the Chesapeaker Landscape Initiative by Jonathan Doherty of the National Park Service. Lo and behold, I found the presentation on Slideshare! It was a very well crafted PowerPoint, with some beautiful images and transformations. Chesapeake Landscape Initiative
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As for the NPS program, it is an advisory effort to help states and local communities in the Watershed conserve their important faces. Although there are goals, such as increasing public access to waterfronts, there are few federal funds available. Those will depend on Congressional action.

There are plans to create an online, interactive map of conserved areas in the Chesapeake Watershed.