The featured banner image shows shore birds called Willets, that feed along the bays of Delmarva and on the Eastern Shore. A more important aspect of the image is the red seaweed washed up on the shoal, which is called Gracilaria. It is a type of algae that habitats in tide pools, shallow coves, […]

Fruticose Lichen is a form of lichen fungi. It looks a lot like coral, and it’s kind of shrubby in appearance. Fruticose Lichen is a complex vegetation. It grows very slowly on tree barks, rocks and on soil in the arctic and mountainous regions. The exciting thing that scientists have discovered about lichens is that […]

While out in the field I encountered something quite interesting. There were two black vultures that have been lingering near a beaver dam, intermittently feasting on carrion along the waters edge. When they saw me they flew to a perch, and shortly after the male started courting the female. The male was making sounds and […]

There is a lot of folklore surrounding the Chincoteague Ponies. Stories of about a Spanish galleon that shipwrecked on Assateague are dreamy.  No doubt many shipwrecks have occurred around barrier islands throughout history. More than likely though, the origin of horses on barrier islands can be traced to colonists in the 1600’s. How do we […]

In January and February, squirrels will begin to pair up. They usually nest alone. but will double up during the height of mating season. During cold winter months, they also share a nest to conserve body heat. Once spring arrives, the female squirrels turn their focus to nursing and raising their new litters and nest […]