Category Archives: Backyards

Get outside and enjoy the end of summer.

We had a great hike around Kendall Ridge, Maryland on this past Thursday. I bet you have never been there. It was a 2 mile walk – part of the 120 miles of paths in Howard County. It was 1 … Continue reading

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Ellicott City Floods – The Need to be Proactive

Many of us want to know what we can do to help our neighbors in Ellicott City. We feel a strong need to react to this incident. I am sure there are some short term things that could help reduce … Continue reading

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Guest Blog – About Mosquitoes and Mosquito Control

By Danielle Bodner, Columbia Association Mosquitoes are a summer buzzword, and for good reason. They can ruin outdoor time by mercilessly biting people and leaving nasty welts. Having spent a lot of time catching and staring at the tiny annoyances, … Continue reading

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Pokemon GO is brilliant – Whatever it takes to get people outside.

I love the fact that I am seeing hundreds of people of all ages out on the paths during these hot days of summer. It took me a few minutes to appreciate what they were doing: they are all playing … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer

The fireflies are in full mating season flashing their unique signals trying to attract just the right partner for the evening. My uncle once told me that he courted his wife while trying to figure out the details of these … Continue reading

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Bats, Bullfrogs, and Fireflies

Kathy and I walked a friend home after dinner last night along an unlit path through the woods. The sun had set, the moon was out and we could see numerous stars – it was a spectacular time for a … Continue reading

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Spring is a Backyard Vernal Pool

Guest Post by Mark Southerland. This year, spring really sprung to life in my backyard when an unexpected visitor arrived—the spotted salamander. Eight years ago I added a 1 square meter pond to my 1/3 acre lot just 1 km from … Continue reading

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Explore Columbia on Foot in 2016

Here is the CA walking itinerary for 2016. SAVE IT!!!  As I did last year, I will be sharing stories of the history, the natural world, and the future of the places we pass. Please note that two of these … Continue reading

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Mosses – Our Local Sustainability Experts

When you go for a walk today, take a moment to marvel at the amazing wonders that we call mosses. Bend down close, even get on your hands and knees, and examine all the shapes, textures, and colors that you will … Continue reading

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My Favorite Places – Lake Elkhorn Outcrop Offers a Journey to the Center of the Earth

Rock outcroppings offer us a peek at the normally hidden, inner world of our planet. In the Maryland Piedmont good outcrops are few and far between. In Howard County they occur along the major rivers that border the county. Good … Continue reading

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