Explore By Season

Our posts grouped together by season — starting with winter of 2020 and moving to spring, summer and fall.

Orion Shines Brightly, Connects Me to the Divine

The Orion constellation has been a huge part of my life from childhood through middle age. It is my portal to the divine and a source of inspiration.

Lake Artemesia Mural Brings Even More Nature to Life

This Lake Artemesia mural is a gift that keeps on giving. It beautifully captures life on the lake -- putting a smile on my face every time I see it.

Weed Warriors Young and Old Repel Invasive Species on Sligo Creek

I spent a recent Saturday morning volunteering with the Montgomery Parks Weed Warrior Program to combat invasive species along Sligo Creek. I loved it!
Orange water from a potential pollution emergency flows into Sligo Creek and the retention ponds behind Kemp Mill shopping center.

Christmas Brings Beauty, Fright: Metal-Laden Torrent Pouring Into Sligo Creek

Christmas brings joy on Sligo Creek but then a pollution emergency when a torrent of chlorinated, metal-laden water rushes into the creek.

Discordant NotesGeese musicians jam in the woods, ugliness screeches backup

The beauty of listening to Canada geese in concert gets marred by sight of pollution in Sligo Creek. The good news is that we can stop pollution at its source.

Wildlife and WatershedsA look at Sligo Creek through an environmental science lens

Take a look at Sligo Creek's wildlife and watersheds through an environmental science lens. This essay focuses on daffodils, deer, and stormwater runoff.

A Little Laziness in the Animal Kingdom?Black vultures rely on turkey vultures

Some animals may just be lazy. Take the case of the black vultures, which lack a sense of smell. They find food by waiting for turkey vultures to locate it.

Mama Goose 2021 Takes High-Risk Gamble on Sligo Creek

Won-ok and I head down to the University Boulevard stormwater retention ponds...

A Great Blue Heron Goes Out On A Limb At Wheaton Regional Park

Good things come to those who wait-- including this great blue heron on the Sligo Creek. We often spend hours watching herons hunt for meal. Their patience is incredible. The sight never gets old. Check out the feast this heron enjoys today

Wheaton Branch Stormwater Retention Ponds Help Keep Creek Just Right

In order for the freshwater wildlife to thrive, the water in Sligo Creek has to be just right. The Wheaton stormwater retention ponds help make that happen.