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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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Terrapins

May 20, 2014

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.

Orioles

May 13, 2014

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.

Coyotes

May 6, 2014

Coyotes are a relatively new addition to our local ecosystems, and were first documented in Maryland in 1972.

  My family and I grow some of these in our home garden, but we supplement what we can do ourselves with what’s called a CSA share.

It might be hard to imagine, but before 1970, all factories could unendingly spew black, toxic clouds into the air.

Small, round thrushes, eastern bluebirds are a symbol of happiness and cheer really are a delight to see; but are bluebirds really blue?

For many people, the sight of a white-tailed deer bounding gracefully through the forest is an exciting and memorable experience that they would like to see more often.

There’s no doubt technology has changed our lives and, sadly, the result has been a huge disconnect from the natural world.  Many people have lost their sense of wonder and respect for it simply due to lack of exposure. But there is room for families and adults to embrace both technology and nature.

When was the last time you were barefoot in the grass?
Do your kids know what it’s like to pencil roll down a meadow’s hillside?
How often are you laundering a little mud out of the bottom of your jeans?

Baby Animals

Mar 29, 2013
Stuart Chalmers/ Flickr Creative Commmons

Earlier this month, I received a panicked phone call from a friend about some ‘abandoned’ baby long-eared owls. “The babies are alone,” she told me, “They can’t fly and their parents are nowhere in sight.” I completely understood her concern, but thought, “Here we go again. It’s spring, and it’s time for calls about baby animals.”

Warm weather has arrived, and many of us are more actively enjoying the outdoors. The same goes for our wildlife friends – birds, squirrels, rabbits and other native animals are busy building nests and rearing their young. Sometimes, we’re lucky enough to witness this miracle of life in our own backyards. Other times, people stumble upon young animals in the wild and worry that they need our help.

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