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23 February 2012 – Rocky outcropping

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Today, while looking at some populations of club mosses (Lycopods) I discovered a rocky outcropping in the woods near the Hopkins Cemetery. While at first glance this may not seem like a big deal, but it is. I have been … Continue reading

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18 Februrary 2012 – Red Maple in Bloom!

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After checking out the giant sycamore, I decided to check out the Birmingham Manor Ruins located in the Southwest corner of the North Tract. I spotted several Red Maple (Acer rubrum) trees in bloom. Last year, I did not spot … Continue reading

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18 February 2012 – A Giant Sycamore – Platanus occidentalis

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Today, Ranger Jeff Bolden and I visited our Giant Sycamore on the North Tract. Although, the tree is not a state champion, it is still a large tree. According to someone who recently measured it, the diameter at 4.5 feet … Continue reading

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31 January 2012 – Eastern Arborvitae – Thuja occidentalis

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Today, Joe DiGiovanni and I went out to the Duvall Cemetery just to look around. While there I realized that I had not collected a specimen from the Thuja occidentalis or Eastern Arborvitae/Northern Whitecedar tree on the Duvall Cemetery. It … Continue reading

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20 January 2012 – Processing Last Season’s Collected Specimens

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Now that is the off-season for collecting plants, I am spending my time identifying and processing the specimens collected last year. According to my logbook, I collected 928 specimens and after accounting for duplicate specimens, there are about 700 to … Continue reading

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12 January 2012 – Main Gate to Contact Station

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Today, let’s take a look at the sites along Bald Eagle Drive between the Main Gate and the Visitor Contact Station. At this point it is important to note that some of the main roads are scheduled to be re-paved … Continue reading

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10 January 2012 | Little Patuxent River Trail

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The Little Patuxent River Trail is a showcase trail on the North Tract. It is located along the Little Patuxent River. The trailhead is about 300 feet north of the Visitor Contact Station. Let’s take a tour of the trail. … Continue reading

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UPDATE – SPECIAL USE PERMIT

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UPDATE – Last week we received a Special Use Permit (SUP) for the next year. It expires on 31 December 2012. The SUP allows for access to non-public parts of the refuge and the collection of plants for the refuge’s … Continue reading

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30 December 2011 – Whirlwind tour with my daughter Jen

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Today I had the pleasure of taking my daughter Jen on a whirlwind tour of Refuge. She is from Washington State and was in Maryland with her husband and two of our grandchildren to visit my wife and me for … Continue reading

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27 December 2011 – Going out to the end of Millrace Road

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Today, 27 December 2011, I went out to the end of Millrace Road to Emmy’s Pond. Took some pictures along the way. Emmy’s Pond is located at the end of Millrace Pond and is named after Emmy Holdridge, a volunteer … Continue reading

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