Zookeepers at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore provide animal enrichment everyday to keep them stimulated and doing things that come naturally. On special days, the animals and visitors get an added treat made possible by the zoo’s Enrichment Team. The team was formed in January 2006. The volunteers assemble once a month to make colorful paper maché animals, balloons and other containers that will be filled with meat or produce and given to the animals on “Enrichment Days.”
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The Natural History Society of Maryland had a recent meetup lead by biologist Nick Spero in Herring Run Park. They were searching for wild mushrooms, but with the warning not to eat any mushroom that you cannot identify. They found many like Pleurotus pulmonarius, also called oyster mushroom, Phellinus linteus, or black hoof mushroom, and Lenzites betulinus. I later returned on my own to see what visual treasures I could find hidden in the woods of Herring Run Park.
The Statsraad Lehmkuhl, a 3-masted barque rigged sail training vessel, pulled into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Wednesday and dock along the west wall. The ship, based out of Bergan, Norway, is used to train Royal Norwegian sailors. According to the ship’s website it was build in 1914 as a training ship for the German merchant marine. The ship was taken by England in World War I as a war prize and later sold to Norway in 1921. The ship has 22 sails that distribute over 2400 square yards of material. The Statsraad Lehmkul is Norway’s largest and oldest square rigged sailing ship. The ship is available for visits November 8th and 9th from 10am to 3pm.
For centuries, the craftspeople who worked at G. Krug & Son Ironworks have produced original iron work and restorations for some of the city’s most prominent structures, including the Baltimore Basilica, Homewood House at Johns Hopkins University and the Old Otterbein United Methodist Church. At the moment, the crew is working on refurbishing the fence and eight planters for the restoration of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Place.
The Maryland Zoo at Baltimore will open on Saturday “Penguin Coast,” its new home for the it’s African penguins. The zoo is home to one of the largest colonies of the birds in North America. The exhibit will allow the number of endangered birds to double from its current number of 50.
The last week in April is typically when the tulip beds at Sherwood Gardens are in full bloom. With heavy rain mid-week, prime viewing may have been made shorter.
The public retreat, a tract once owned by A. S. Abell, founder of The Baltimore Sun, was the creation of John Sherwood in the 1920s.
His work continues through Stratford Green, which plants 80,000 tulip bulbs per year and maintains the six-acre garden. On the morning of May 24, people can participate in the Tulip Dig and purchase this year’s bulbs. The proceeds benefit the historic gardens.
A sure sign of springtime in Washington D.C. is when the cherry blossom trees come into full bloom along the Tidal Basin.
A sea of pink stretches from national monument to national monument. The 3,000 cherry trees were a gift from Japan in 1912 as a symbol of friendship between the two nations.
Now each year the blooming of the trees is marked with a Cherry Blossom Festival. The celebration grew from humble beginnings to a great spring festival drawing thousands of visitors from around the world.
Lacrosse is the official team sport of Maryland and Kennedy Krieger International Center for Spinal Cord Injury is hoping even more people will be able to play. Kennedy Krieger in partnership with FreeState Wheelchair Lacrosse recently put on a wheelchair lacrosse clinic at Johns Hopkins University. The oldest sport in North America is one of the newest adaptive sports. There are currently only a handful of teams in the country
Seventy-one fencers took part in the division I-A men’s epee event in the Regional Open Circuit (ROC) Charm City Classic at UMBC. The ROC is a qualifier for the Fencing National Championships that draws over 200 for the various classes. Fencers can score by touching any part of the body with the epee, unlike the foil or sabre which have specific target areas.