W. Brooks Paternotte

Host, The Nature of Things

W. Brooks Paternotte took the helm of Irvine Nature Center as executive director in July 2013 and immediately began building on the strong 35-year foundation.  Brooks is a Baltimore native who was a teacher, coach, advisor, dean and Head of the Middle School during his 13 years at Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore.  He is also an instructor and ambassador of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and is a Leave No Trace Master, as well as an avid outdoorsman and a features writer for FlyLife Magazine.

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The Nature of Things
5:46 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Northern Copperhead Snakes

Northern copperheads can be found in forested hillsides and wetlands, and will even occupy wood or sawdust piles from the Eastern Shore west to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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The Nature of Things
5:30 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

The Mighty Poison Ivy

Scientists at the University of Georgia found that poison ivy’s growth and potency has doubled just since the 1960s. They believe it’s because poison ivy is particularly sensitive to CO2 levels. 

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The Nature of Things
11:35 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Chesapeake Bay Fishing

Fish ranging from small minnows to striped bass several feet long can be found in our listening area. 

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The Nature of Things
5:42 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Bats

  Bats perform a true ecological miracle every night.

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The Nature of Things
5:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Water Conservation

Credit USEPA

  Low flow shower heads used to be synonymous with pitiful water pressure and a bad hair day.

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The Nature of Things
5:47 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Fireflies

Credit Takashi Ota

Fireflies thrive in our forests and fields, and the margins between them.  But there just aren’t as many of these bioluminescent beetles as there once were.  Fireflies are disappearing.

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The Nature of Things
5:17 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

The Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly

  Like the Baltimore oriole, the checkerspot's beautiful orange and black coloration match those on Lord Baltimore's shield.

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The Nature of Things
5:32 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Citizen Science

If you’ve ever wanted to be involved in the great work that scientists do, this is your chance.

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The Nature of Things
4:25 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Terrapins

Many of our local students are graduating from University of Maryland this week. And likely all of them know that the name of their famous mascot, Testudo, is the Latin word for tortoise.

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The Nature of Things
4:32 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Orioles

The rich, whistling song of the Baltimore oriole, echoing from treetops near homes and parks, is a sweet herald of spring in eastern North America.

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