Have landscaping plans? Be sure that planting Japanese Barberry in your yard is not among them. Available at most big box stores, this thorny bush is a favorite shelter plant for deer mice, which are hosts for the black legged tick, a major carrier of Lyme disease and other potentially devastating illnesses in humans. Want more information? Check out this news clip, aired recently in Morris County, New Jersey.
When the eve of All Souls Day approaches, thoughts often turn to carving gruesome (and cheerful) designs into rotund orbs of orange flesh. And what better place to do it than in the auditorium at the Soldiers Delight visitor center? Our pumpkin-carving program, an annual fundraiser for Soldiers Delight Conservation, Inc., the Friends group for Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area in Owings Mills, Maryland, is always a festive event. But this year we enjoyed the company of live, wild animals (and a mummified one) added to the mix!
If you believe in ghosts, then the Soldiers Delight Natural Environment area in Owings Mills might be the perfect place to spend an evening on the weekend before Halloween. The Soldiers Delight visitor center is constructed atop Berry's Hill, where the final act of one of Colonial Maryland's most gruesome murder cases was played out 266 years ago.
|Photo courtesy of Donovan Eaton Photography|
James L. Dudley was one of the finest, most dedicated volunteers Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area ever had. Read more about how this unique human being impacted a rare ecosystem for generations to come.
|Jean Worthley in 2008|
Jean had recently hosted a potluck dinner with her botany class in celebration of her 92nd birthday at Two Below, her rustic property in Carroll County, Maryland. Until the very end, Jean retained an encyclopedic knowledge of plants, birds, and the natural world, and was able to cite their Latin names as easily as their common names.
Rest in peace, dear Miss Jean. We'll miss you.