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The Maryland Natural Resource Magazine - Winter 2014

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 Oyster oyster
By Kristen Peterson
Restoring an iconic Maryland species.

The Comeback Quill Pig quill pig
By James McCann and Daniel Thomas
Porcupine population on the rise.

Get the Lead Out Maryland Geological Survey
By Kate Burgy, Heather Quinn and John Resline
Maryland Geological Survey results.

Winter Wonderland northern cardinal
By Andrew Vecchio
The secret of Maryland State Parks.

Learning the Ropes NRP cadets
By Candy Thompson
NRP cadets prepare for natural resource careers.


2013 Photo Content Winners

Overall grand prize winner: butterfly on black-eyed susan Overall Grand Prize Winner:
"Butterfly" by Graham Slaughter

The 2013 Maryland Natural Resource Magazine Photo Contest winners were announced and featured in the annual DNR calendar.

​​Wild Shot

two owls
Harbor Seal
Chuck Meadows

Harbor Seals - Much like human fingerprints, the harbor seal's pelage - or short, thick hair - is unique to the individual and ranges from silver to beige to black. Because it provides no insulation, it molts each year after breeding season. Layers of blubber instead keep the seal warm, adjusting the skin to the approximate water temperature while maintaining a core temperature of about 100° F.


Recipe for Crabmeat Omelet Filling

1 lb. Maryland backfin crabmeat
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. tarragon OR fine herbs
1/8 tsp. liquid hot pepper sauce

Remove cartilage from crabmeat. Melt butter in medium saucepan; add crabmeat and saute gently until thoroughly heated. Add heavy cream, tarragon and liquid hot pepper sauce. Heat until sauce has a creamy consistency, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to avoid burning. Set aside while making omelets. Makes filling for 4 omelets.


In Every Issue

The Common Good

The Nature of Things

Maryland is...Smart Green & Growing

Short Takes

DNR @ Work

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The Winter 2014 Issue

Karis King · Barbara Rice

Darlene Walker


Kate Burgy · Lauren Dorrill

James McCann · Kristen Peterson

Heather Quinn · John Resline

Christine Runion · Daniel Thomas

Candy Thomson · Andrew Vecchio