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Black Bear Spotted in Montgomery Co.

Multiple black bear sightings have been reported in the Damascus area recently, police say.


Canadian Geese fly near a Washington Metropolitan Police air boat traveling on the frozen Potomac River, Jan. 23, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Maryland Ice Breakers Clearing Chesapeake Waterways

This winter’s chilly weather has crews breaking up ice on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for the first time in years.


A female snowy owl. (Photo credit: Rene Pop/AFP/Getty Images)

Record Number of Snowy Owls Migrating to the Region a Treat For Scientists, Bird Watchers

Turns out the polar vortex isn’t the only thing from the north that invaded the U.S. this year. Snowy owls, the majestic white birds that spend summers in the Arctic, have flown south in record numbers this year, according to naturalist Scott Weidensaul.


A waterman with oysters. (Photo credit: RAYMOND ROIG/AFP/GettyImages)

MD Oyster Population, Reproduction Up for 2nd Year

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources says the state’s oyster population and reproduction rates are up again.


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Boaters Warned Not To Ride Out Storm Onboard, Get Vessels to High Ground

Maryland state officials are warning boaters not to ride out Hurricane Sandy aboard their vessels.


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Maryland Looking For New Seafood Logo

Maryland is looking for a new logo to help market the state’s seafood and state officials are asking the public for their ideas.


Asian small-clawed otters at the National Zoo. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

DNR Set To Reopen Otter Trapping In Western Maryland

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it’s preparing to allow trapping for river otters in far western Maryland after reintroducing them to the region.