Journey of the Longnecks
The Canada Goose in Maryland had seen better days. In years past, numbers of the longnecks were down. Experts at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources blamed poor weather at the birds’ northern nesting grounds, and even over-hunting. Now, those problems are beginning to ease thanks to new management programs designed to help the population grow.
Return to the Cliffs
For centuries, the Peregrine Falcon kept watch over the Harpers Ferry river valley from the cliffs known as Maryland Heights. Sometime in the early 1950’s, the birds started to disappear. Now, through the valiant efforts of three agencies – the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – the falcons are slowly being relocated from nesting sites in Maryland back to the species’ ancestral home on the cliffs.
Kevin Graff spends his spring and fall looking up, and constantly counting. Known as "The Hawkman" because of his passion for counting the number of migrating hawks that pass over his northeast Baltimore home in April and September, Graff treasures the challenge of hawkwatching: spotting, tracking and identifying.