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Kathy Reshetiloff

Forests’ hidden wetlands work for wildlife, water quality

Diversity is the spice of life. Nowhere is this more apparent than where land and water meet. The blending of terrestrial and aquatic environments creates a wetland, an ecosystem that often supports more life than either the land or water alone.

When they hear the term “wetlands,” many people in our region only envision the marshes found mainly along the shore of the Chesapeake...

Migratory fish often face one dam barrier after another

Warmer, longer days, spring flowers and the chorus of frogs and songbirds lure me outside to get moving. And for fish it is no different. Early spring is when many fish species are on the move, migrating to other areas to spawn.

The Chesapeake Bay watershed, a kind of watery interstate, is a vital corridor for migrating fish.

The canary in this ‘coal mine’ is the saltmarsh sparrow

Along the Atlantic Coast, a quiet sparrow blends in with the grasses of the salt marsh. Often hard to spot as it gathers food to bring back to its nest, the saltmarsh sparrow is recognized by its orange eyebrow and moustache and black-streaked breast and sides.

The species is the only bird exclusive to East Coast salt marshes, nesting along the coast from Virginia to Maine. They...

Healthy streams: The best prescription for the ailing Chesapeake Bay

You may not live on the Chesapeake Bay or any other waterfront, but chances are there is a stream, creek or river close to where you live.

So what does that mean? Plenty. We all live in a watershed. A watershed is all of the land drained by a specific waterway. A watershed also includes all of the streams, creeks and rivers that flow into this waterway, like the Chesapeake Bay....

Let’s talk turkey about Thanksgiving’s most famous icon

During November there is a tradition that links almost all Americans. And I am not talking about the U.S. holiday, Thanksgiving.

Instead, think back to the first time you drew a turkey (or showed a child how to draw one). It’s the same process: Trace your fingers and palm on a piece of paper and fill it in with bright colors to conjure up this large bird with fanned-out feathers....

Bats, our best weapon against insect pests, need magic bullet to fight disease

With Halloween quickly approaching, images of bats are appearing everywhere. October also happens to be Bat Appreciation Month.

Bats are exquisite animals. No other animal compares to Earth’s only flying mammal. Like all mammals, bats have hair and their young are born live and feed on milk. But unlike other mammals, the fingers on a bat’s hand are elongated and connected by skin...

In a flash, nature’s night lights add sparkle to summer nights

Every summer, as the Earth enters a region of space containing high concentrations of solar debris, nighttime skywatchers are rewarded with a wonderful light display: the Perseid meteor shower. The annual Perseids occur when the Earth passes through a stream of dust from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, although a close to full moon may make this year’s meteor shower a little less intensive...

Plants & pollinators: Can’t have one without the other

Plants, like animals, must create offspring for the next generation.

One way they do this is by producing seeds that contain the genetic information to grow a new plant. Seeds develop when pollen is transferred between flowers of the same plant species.

Rock-a-bye-birdie: Bird nests may vary, but each is home tweet home

A few weeks ago, I took advantage of the lovely spring weather to begin sprucing up my yard, neglected during months of cold and rain. Not many of my trees or shrubs had leafed out yet. Passing by my Virginia sweetspire bush, I noticed an empty nest, a leftover from a robin last year. It was an ordinary nest, cup-shaped and made of woven grasses.

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About Kathy Reshetiloff

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Kathryn Reshetiloff is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Chesapeake Bay Field Office in Annapolis.

 

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