Buzz by Pollinator Fest

Buzz by Pollinator Fest

Pollinator Fest celebrates the butterflies, moths, bats, birds and bees that pollinate our world. Join us to learn about these fascinating, essential critters and for seed giveaways, a nature book swap, native garden tours, plant sales, beekeeper information, games...
Spotted at the Conservancy: Skunk cabbage and honey bee

Spotted at the Conservancy: Skunk cabbage and honey bee

Maryland’s skunk cabbage flowers pop out of the damp forest floor in winter, offering busy honey bees a little pollen snack to get them through cold early spring days. Bonnie Ott took this shot of the strange-looking blossoms that are one of the first spring...
Spotted at the Conservancy: Juvenile red-shouldered hawk

Spotted at the Conservancy: Juvenile red-shouldered hawk

This awkward bundle of feathers will soon grow into a majestic red-shouldered hawk. Kurt Schwarz photographed this puffy teenager on Sept. 19 near the stone wall that runs from Montjoy Barn down to the stream. He believes this hawk is the offspring of the mated pair...
Spotted at the Conservancy: Eastern meadowlark

Spotted at the Conservancy: Eastern meadowlark

Debbie Trail spotted this male meadowlark in full voice in one of our fields. Despite their name, meadowlarks are not larks. They’re in the blackbird family, and their whistling, flute-like songs float over our fields at twilight. Some male meadowlarks can sing...
Spotted at the Conservancy: Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Spotted at the Conservancy: Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

The yellow-bellied sapsucker, which spends summers in Canada, visits Maryland in winter. Sapsuckers have been drilling telltale rows of holes in trees around Conservancy property. Bonnie Ott spotted a few of the robin-sized woodpeckers, which drink sugary sap from the...