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The Maryland Natural Resource Magazine - Winter 2015

Late Season Resident by Katelyn Kluh 

Let The Maryland Natural Resource inspire you, your friends and loved ones to enjoy, protect and live in harmony with Maryland's breathtaking landscapes, waterways and wildlife. From camping to conserving land, from boating to bicycling, from hunting to healthy streams, this quarterly magazine has something for everyone! The Maryland Natural Resource IS your guide to recreation & conservation in Maryland!

All articles are available for download in a .pdf format. If you do not have the free viewer from Adobe, please click here to download the software prior to viewing the articles.

The Winter 2015 Features

pdf iconOyster Pea Crab A Mollus auspicious roommateThe Oyster Pea Crab
By Michelle Z. Donahue
A Mollusc's Auspicious roommate


pdf iconBirding in the Barren MonthsWinter Wings
By Stephen Badger
Birding in the Barren Months


pdf iconCitizen ScienceCitizen Science
By Stacy Epperson
The Perfect Partnership


Huntingpdf iconHunting for Knowledge
By Patricia Handy
Hunting101 Workshops for New Hunters


 Photo Contestpdf icon2014 Photo Contest Winners
All Winners, All Categories, All Good


pdf icon2 fishermen holding large Striped bass, photo by Kevin CorbinThe South River Federation
By Kirk Mantay
Building Business through Restoration


​Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. - Rachel Carson

​​Wild Shot

Photo of a praying mantis among fall foliage, by Lori R. Bramble
Photo by Marjorie White

The great horned owl, so called for its two prominent ear tuft​s, is the most common true owl in the Western Hemisphere. Its large, yellow eyes do not move in their sockets, though the bird can move its head more than 180 degrees around. Combined with wide pupils and retinas laced with rod cells, it can see extremely well in all directions, especially at night.

Recipe for Oyster Stew with Cornbread Topped with Celery Leaf Salad

softshell crab dish 

This recipe is quite involved and has more ingredients than we have room for on this page. Please check out this and all the Maryland recipes at plus information about the industry and history of seafood in Maryland.

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Short Takes

DNR @ Work

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Editorial Support

Stephen Badger · 
Karis King · Darlene Walker


Stephen Badger · Michelle Donahue

Stacy Epperson · Patricia Handy

Kirk Mantay · Candy Thomson