Posts Tagged ‘Maryland’

Dramatic Impact Of Sea-Level Rise On Chesapeake Bay’s Coastal Habitats

May 23, 2008

A new report, Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Habitats of the Chesapeake Bay, shows in vivid detail the dramatic effects of sea-level rise on the largest estuary in the US, which sustains more than 3,600 species of plants, fish and animals including great blue herons and sea turtles.

If global warming continues unabated, projected rising sea levels will significantly reshape the region’s coastal landscape, threatening waterfowl hunting and recreational saltwater fishing in Virginia and Maryland, according to the report by the National Wildlife Federation.

Habitats at Risk

Coastal habitats in the Chesapeake Bay region, near Washington D.C., will be dramatically altered if sea levels rise globally about two feet by the end of the century, which is at the low end of what is predicted if global warming pollution remains unaddressed.

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Zoo Focuses Efforts on Poison Dart Frog Breeding Program

April 24, 2008

Enter an aquarium and an underwater zoo comes alive with fish of all shapes and sizes. But if you want more than just a fish-tank view, the National Aquarium in Baltimore is home to over 16,000 different varieties of animals, for a rare visitor experience.

“In one day you can really travel around the world and see a frog that’s only found in one little remote part,” the aquarium’s General Curator, Jack Cover, tells DBIS.

One of the most toxic animals in the world — the poison dart frog — lives here. Its bright colors warn predators to keep away, but herpetologists learned they aren’t very dangerous living inside the aquarium. In fact, Cover says dart frogs born and raised in captivity are completely non-toxic.

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Look what I got from Paws Pet Boutique in Annapolis! They are NICE people. :)

March 18, 2008

 I really wanted to introduce myself to them in the store, but I get all shy and nervous about going up to people and saying, “Hey, so, I have this blog about animals and a radio show about animals and music, and I think you’re really cool and I want to talk about you about it…”  It just makes me feel even more like the crazy cat lady that I know lurks deep within my soul, waiting for me to reach the right age and senility before it kicks into high gear.  But we HAVE exchanged letters.  Here’s what Paws Pet Boutique sent me after I let them know I posted about them:

Thank you for your posting about Paws Pet Boutique on your blog

Happy day after St. Patty’s Day Martha,

I’m so glad you had time to stop in our pet boutique while you visited Annapolis over the weekend. Thanks so much for the kind words and blog posting!  Your time and feedback is greatly appreciated. We’re fortunate to have so many nice customers.

Hope you enjoy/enjoyed the rest of your Spring Break – and enjoy your new sticker!

If you are ever back this way, stop in and introduce yourself!

Best regards,

Michelle

Paws pet boutique

64 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401

410.263.8683

www.pawspetboutique.com

Kitty Mowmow finds animal stuff in Annapolis!

March 17, 2008

As you may know, loyal visitor to the Animal Expo, my university has released my classmates and me into the wonderful world of Spring Break. This week, My dad and I left good old Alabama and headed to Washington, DC, for another of our annual father-daughter bonding trips. Yesterday we visited Annapolis, Maryland, a lovely city that is made even more lovely (to Kitty Mowmow’s tastes, anyway) by the presence of one of the best pet boutiques I’ve ever seen. I’ll never promote a store without a good reason – but this store gives me plenty of reasons.

Paws Pet Boutique, in Annapolis, Maryland, manages to balance the cutesyness required of a specialty pet supply and accessory store without overdoing it and becoming tacky and stupid.   They stock plenty of merchandise for both cat owners and dog owners, another accomplishment that few pet boutiques perfect. And (I feel like such a dork saying this) they also have the best leash and collar selection I’ve ever seen – sturdy and decorative, in a wide assortment of sizes and styles, for both cats and dogs.  Did I mention their happy, helpful staff?

I’m not a big impulse buyer, but I left Paws Pet Boutique quite contented with my purchase of a car magnet reading, “Wag more, Bark less.” We could all use some more cheerful tail wagging, don’t you think?

For more animal-esque info, tune in to Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo online at www.thecapstone.ua.edu, Sunday nights 8-10 central.

Fowl Deeds: Mute swans are causing a big racket

December 20, 2007

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Mute swans are invasive. Oregon is so worried about the species the birds are on the 100 Most Dangerous Invaders list.

Although the swans’ population is small and scattered in Oregon, evidence from other states proves that the birds can spread and multiply quickly, driving away other waterfowl.

Despite their genteel appearance, they also are voracious eaters, capable of clearing entire lake bottoms.

“They are the bullies of the wetlands,” said Jim Gores, an invasive species and wildlife integrity coordinator with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “They have a temper and attitude that you would not believe.”

As part of a study of mute swan behavior in Maryland, biologists moved two remote-controlled tundra swans near a pair of mute swans.

The mute swans attacked viciously, to the point that one robo-swan lost its head.

Find the full article here.