Category Archives: Sites around refuge

28 March 2015 – The Quest to Rediscover the Odenton Magnolia Bog

Renowned naturalist Waldo Lee McAtee recorded the presence of numerous magnolia bogs in the Washington, DC area during the early part of the 1900’s. Among the ones he cataloged in A sketch of the natural history of the District of … Continue reading

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25 July Evening (Fri)

25 July Evening (Fri)

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16 July Afternoon (Wed)

16 July Afternoon (Wed)

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9 July Afternoon (Wed)

9 July Afternoon (Wed)

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16 March 2014 – Quirky Hybrid Oaks of Patuxent

Did you know that the Patuxent Research Refuge is the home to several types of hybrid oaks? Read on to learn more. The oak-rich Patuxent Research Refuge has 15 native oak species, one naturalized exotic oak species, and at least … Continue reading

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15 March 2014 – Only four plant species found to be blooming – still late winter!

  Today, I looked around the refuge for plants that might be blooming and found only four species! Last year at this time, at least 20 species of plants were blooming. This indeed has been a long cold winter. And… … Continue reading

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6 July 2013 – Short’s Hedgehyssop (Gratiola viscidula Pennell) – A Maryland State Endangered Plant

Today, one of my stops was to check on the health of the Short’s Hedgehyssop (Gratiola viscidula Pennell) population. You see, the Short’s Hedgehyssop is listed as a state endangered species by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage … Continue reading

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5 July 2013 – Dense Tuft Hair Sedge (Bulbostylis capillaris)

Today in a sandy area in the northwest part of the refuge’s North Tract near the highest elevation on the refuge, I spotted a small tufted grass-like plant. I was unsure of its identity so I reached out to some … Continue reading

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1 July 2013 – Specimen number 8000 – Forked Panic Grass

8000! Today I collected specimen number 8000 on my lifetime list. The plant that has the honor of being my 8000th specimen in my collection is the Forked Panic Grass, scientific name Dichanthelium dichotomum (L.) Gould. Forked Panic Grass is … Continue reading

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27 April 2013 – Backwards-grafted Tree

Today, I found something really fascinating. It was a tree which one of its branches grafted back on to itself without human intervention. The technical name for this phenomenon is inosculation, but I call it backwards-grafting.  It can also happen … Continue reading

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1 April 2013 – Thinleaf Alder – Alnus incana

  The Thinleaf Alder (Alnus incana (L.) Moench ssp. tenuifolia (Nutt.) Breitung) is a subspecies of alder that is found in Western North America from Alaska, Yukon, and the Northwest territories on the North to Arizona and New Mexico on … Continue reading

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31 March 2013 – Hood’s Phlox – Phlox hoodii

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Hood’s Phlox (Phlox hoodii Richardson) is a highly variable, widespread species found in Western North America from Alaska to Northern Mexico on the west to Manitoba, Nebraska, and New Mexico on the East. It is a common constituent of the … Continue reading

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25 March 2013 – Winter Wonderland

On the way home today, I drove by the refuge to take a few pictures of our overnight “snowstorm.” Late winter/early spring snowstorms like this are not unheard of in this part of Maryland. At nearby Fort Meade, they recorded … Continue reading

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16 March 2013 – Foray to Shangri La Forest

Today, AJ and I ventured out to the Shangri La Forest. It is the area at the center of the Inner Core and is located between Shangri La Pond and the Little Patuxent River.  It was our first time to … Continue reading

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14 March 2013 – Spring has sprung!

  It has been a while since I have posted something here. There is no time like the present to resume…. Spring is here. So far this year I have seen 16 species of plants blooming despite the fact it … Continue reading

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13 March 2013 – Mill Race Swamp

I drove by Mill Race Swamp today and discovered that the water level was way down. I think that is because someone removed the beaver-placed debris from the drainage culvert. Anyway, the swamp is an impoundment. The road that borders … Continue reading

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30 October 2012 – Sandy: Flood at the Main Entrance to North Tract

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Today, I had the day off because of Sandy and so this morning I decided to go the North Tract to check things out. As soon as I came up to the entrance of the North Tract, I spotted an … Continue reading

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The Inner Core – Untouched by Human Hands (Mostly)

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INTRODUCTION The purpose of this article is to draw attention to and spark interest in a special parcel of land on the North Tract. For the purposes of this article, I will call it the “Inner Core.” While there is … Continue reading

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5 May 2012 – Close Encounter of a Slithering Kind

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Today while slogging in the steam which flows between Beaver Valley and Shangri La I had a close encounter with a snake called a Black Racer – (Coluber constrictor). It did not try to slither away like most racers I … Continue reading

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21 April 2012 – Beaver Valley – Search for more Bogs

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Today, I went back out to Beaver Valley to explore the east end and north bank. I discovered that most of the good bogs are on the west end of the south bank. On this trip, I ventured further on … Continue reading

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