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Tools of the Trade: Telemetry

Here’s a tough question. How do we know where fish go or which underwater habitats they prefer when they are out of sight? Biologists have developed some special techniques to monitor fish and track their whereabouts. One method that helps biologists monitor fish populations is telemetry, which is the process of obtaining data remotely by  Read the Rest…


Outside Perspective: Summer 2020

One thing that working with nature and natural resources provides is perspective. As we endure a difficult and unprecedented year, the wonder of our natural world has not stopped, nor have the responsibilities of those entrusted to care for it. In this edition of The Maryland Natural Resource, you will find highlights of the department’s  Read the Rest…


Earth Day 2020: Love Letters to Earth

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 marked the birth of the modern environmental movement. In response to the movement, the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts were all created and Congress authorized the Environmental Protection Agency. On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we continue to focus our concern on sustaining  Read the Rest…


Fishing for Conservation: Rules and Commonsense Tactics Protect Striped Bass

Here in Maryland’s section of the Chesapeake Bay, gamefish such as striped bass are under constant pressure both from fishing and large fluctuations in environmental conditions like high temperatures and low oxygen. Striped bass, known colloquially as rockfish, are Maryland’s state fish. Pursuing this fish for sport is a time-honored tradition, as is protecting them,  Read the Rest…



Estuaries by the Sea: Maryland Coastal Bays Program Builds on Partnerships

Dedicated to protecting the five coastal bays behind Ocean City and Assateague Island, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) conducts research, restoration, monitoring, and education and outreach opportunities thanks to powerful partnerships. Maryland’s coastal bays make up one of the richest, most diverse estuaries on the eastern seaboard. For more than a century, agriculture, forestry,  Read the Rest…


Tools of the Trade: Electrofishing

It’s electric! Electrofishing is a technique used by fish biologists to collect fish in freshwater streams, rivers, and lakes. This tool uses an electric field, emitted from a pulser, to temporarily stun fish. The fish can then be collected via dip net for identification. Data collected from electrofishing can be used to determine abundance, density,  Read the Rest…


Outside Perspective

As we conclude the 50th anniversary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, we head into commemorating more important milestones. This April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Throughout this edition of The Natural Resource, we highlight the important work our staff, volunteers, and partners are doing on behalf of our mission to  Read the Rest…


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