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The Maryland Natural Resource - Summer 2015

Virginia Bluebells by Alec Haskard 
On the Cover: Seneca Creek State Park in Montgomery County contains many scenic spots, including the 90-acre Clopper Lake. In addition to hunting, camping and picnicking opportunities, the park has a restored 19th century cabine and self-guided path that offers a glimpse into the area's history

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!

On shelves now, the summer 2015 edition features captivating articles on Maryland’s bee population, heroic tales from park rangers, a new catch and release fishing program and more. Also within its 32 pages are a spotlight on Janes Island State Park and critical water safety tips brought to you by Splash the Water Safety Dog!

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The Summer 2015 Features

pdf iconBear TracksBear Tracks
By Candy Thomson
An expanding population


pdf iconTroubled WatersTroubled Waters
By Stephen Badger
Aquatic invasives pose threat


pdf iconColor Maryland GreenColor Maryland Green
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Sunflower Sunset
Photo by Mohib Ahmad

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed;
to have my senses put in order. "
— John Burroughs

​​Wild Shot

Photo of a eastern chipmunk
Photo by Rick Dove

Marked with two black stripes running down each side of reddish brown fur, eastern chipmunk males and females look identical. They are territorial creatures and only interact during mating seasons — February through April and June through August. Though highly active and capable of climbing trees, they tend to forage along forest floors and dig underground burrows reaching the size of a small pond.

Recipe for
Crab Tart Appetizer

softshell crab dish 

Makes 60 
Pastry for 2 crust pies; 3 large eggs, beaten; ¾ cup skim milk; 2 tbsp. cream cheese, softened; 1 tbsp. onion, minced; ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine; ½ cup carrots, shredded; 1 pound Maryland crabmeat; ½ tsp. nutmeg; ¼ tsp. white pepper; pinch of salt, Old Bay®.

Roll out dough and cut out 2” diameter circles with a cookie cutter. Lightly press dough circles into oiled tart shells. Prick dough with a fork. Bake at 450° for 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Mix together remaining ingredients and spoon into tart shells. Bake for 25 minutes at 375° or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Sprinkle Old Bay® as desired. Serve hot.

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The Nature of Change


Short Takes

DNR @ Work

The Maryland Bay Game

Editorial Staff

Brad Kroner  -   Barbara Rice
Candy Thomson  -   Darlene Walker


Stephen Badger -  Ana Berninger

Lauren Dorrill  - Joe Evans

Anne Gilbert -  Beth Heller

Kristen Peterson -  Candy Thomson

Kerry Wixted