Save the Date! Butterflies & Bees That Need Trees Webinar, June 22

You are invited to a Baltimore County Forestry Board sponsored webinar during Pollinator Week!

Celebrate National Pollinator Week by learning about the unique relationships between local butterflies and bees that feast on trees. We’ll explore basic butterfly and bee biology and then will focus on local trees that can be planted to help butterflies and bees.

This meeting will be held on Zoom and a temporary recording will be provided to all registrants. A live transcript will be available via Zoom. 

Title: Butterflies & Bees That Need Trees. Presenter: Kerry Wixted, Education and Outreach Specialist, MD Department of Natural Resources. Date: Tuesday, June 22. Time: 6:30 PM. Pollinator Week information: bit.ly/wildacres21.

Registration: Click here to register for this free zoom webinar 

Pollinator webinar poster for Butterflies & Bees That Need Trees

Fresh Air Podcast with Ecologist Suzanne Simard: The Social Lives of Trees

Simard-Finding the Mother Tree-Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest“Ecologist Suzanne Simard says trees are “social creatures” that communicate with each other in remarkable ways — including warning each other of danger and sharing nutrients at critical times. Her book is ‘Finding the Mother Tree.'” Click here to go to the podcast.

Read: Do Trees Talk to Each Other?, Richard Grant, photographs by Diana Markosian, Smithsonian Magazine, March 2018. Image of Suzanne Simard by D. Markosian, Smithsonian Magazine.

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Suzanne Simard, image taken 2018 by D. Markosian, Smithsonian Magazine.

In addition, read The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World (The Mysteries of Nature, 1), by Peter Wohlleben (Author), Jane Billinghurst (Translator), Tim Flannery, Greystone Books; First English Language Edition, 8th Printing (September 13, 2016).

Articles of interest from Habichat and delmarvanow

Maryland Native Wildlife: Brood X Periodical Cicadas

Floating rafts near Ocean City aim to help nesting shorebirds on brink of local extinction: Click here to read the article
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A Black Skimmer with her babies. Image: Lindsay Addison/Audubon.

Since 1992, the Maryland black skimmer population has declined from 278 pairs to just six pairs, the Maryland DNR reported in 2017. Similarly, common terns have declined 86% since the early 1990s, and royal terns by 60%.

Faced with the erosion of their nesting islands, royal terns and black skimmers are near the point of never being seen again on the Maryland coast…”

Bee Friendly Plants

Image of bee, early October, Hampton Mansion Gardens, by Vic Sanborn
Image of a bee, early October, 2020, Hampton Mansion Gardens, by Vic Sanborn

It’s never too early to think about spring planting to attract bees.

Common bee friendly plants include:

  • Aster
  • Fennel
  • Rosemary
  • Buttercup
  • Verbena
  • Sunflower
  • Coneflower
  • Sage
  • Geranium
  • Thyme
  • Poppy
  • Lavender

Click on this link to visit the Maryland State Beekeepers Association!

Night Moves: An Audubon Article

This article by Paul Bogard, Spring 2021, discusses the billions of birds that fly north in the spring, some on an 8,000 mile trek. Imagine. 

Many fly in the dark, which most of us who belong to the forestry boards, already know.

Habitat destruction, collisions with buildings, declines in insect abundance—the threats to migrants are many, and the question has become: Can new tracking technologies help to unravel the mysteries of nocturnal migration while we still have time to preserve one of the world’s great natural wonders?

This is a time fraught with danger for migrating birds. The impact of climate change resulted in that the “peak migration in spring and fall came sooner and coincided with higher temperatures in the continental United States.” This disruption puts the migrants increasingly at risk, such as the lights of skyscrapers at night that confuse migrating birds, disorienting them, and causing their collisions with the buildings, killing them in billions of numbers.

Bogard’s is a detailed article well worth reading for those of us who consider how climate change affects our bird species and mother earth. 

If you have not watched “Winged Migration,” a film produced in 2001, it is breathtaking. It made my heart soar. The film, which covers bird migration all over the world, is more than ten times longer than this preview. 

You can rent the film online for a pittance if you have not seen it before.

Here’s the French Trailer with different scenes:

Sorting Chestnuts Seedlings for Distribution

On April 20th, 2021, the BCFB gathered to sort and bag four varieties of chestnut seedlings for distribution across the state. Click on this link to our American Chestnuts page to learn more about our mission. These images demonstrate the Board’s work to join with the American Chestnut Foundation in reinvigorating this magnificent tree species. (Hover cursor over the images to read the captions. Click on any image and forward the slide show by clicking on the back and forth arrows.)

 

Baltimore County Residents Meet More Than Double The Tree Planting Goal of 5,000 in One Year

Tree logoFound on the Towson Patch site:

“In a press release coinciding with Earth Week (April 20-22), Earth Day (April 22) and coming just ahead of Arbor Day (April 30), [Baltimore County Executive Johnny] Olszewski said more than 215 property owners had planted more than 11,000 trees since he announced a county-wide initiative to increase the county’s tree canopy last fall…”– Dan Shalin, Patch Staff, April 19, 2021 (You will need a free Patch subscription to read the full article.)

An increased tree canopy reduces stress and brings down summer air temperatures.”

The Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability will host a tree giveaway on April 30 and May 1, at the Center for Maryland Agricultural and Farm Park in Cockeysville, 1114 Shawan Road. Baltimore County residents only can order up to five trees at this website. A mere 250 trees remain for a giveaway.

Tree-Mendous Maryland Programs

Tree-Mendous Maryland logo“…helping Maryland plant trees on public lands since 1989.”

TREE-MENDOUS MARYLAND, a program of the Maryland Forest Service, remains one of our most popular programs aimed at helping citizens restore tree cover on public land and community open space in Maryland. To date, we hav​e assisted more than 3,000 towns and communities, parks, and schools planting trees and shrubs to help clean the water, clean the air, and keep our towns and cities inviting, livable, and environmentally viable places to live.

Click here to learn more about the program on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Site .

Op Ed on Animal Rescue: For Wildlife, It’s Nursery Season. Please Don’t Steal Their Babies.

This New York Times opinion piece by Margaret Renkl, a contributing Opinion writer who covers flora, fauna, politics and culture in the American South, was published June 7, 2021.

Her plea to concerned amateur naturalists is this: “The best thing to do for a healthy nestling is always to return it to the nest. If the parents are alive, they’ll start caring for their baby again.”

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Fawn rescue, Florida Fish and Wildlife Rescue

Her suggestions? Contact your nearest wildlife rehabilitation center. In Baltimore County’s instance this would be the Phoenix Wildlife Center Animal Rehabilitation Center.