Tying The Fly
Veteran Fly Fisherman Saul McCartney says the game is time tested. Tie the fly. Find the spot. Hit the mark. Think like the fish. Walk home happy, no matter what.
What kind of people purposely track, capture, pick up and study rattlesnakes face-to-face? The DNR's Scott Smith and Ed Thompson, and snake wrangler Marty Martin, that's who. The three men regularly climb rocky western Maryland mountain outcrops in search of rattlers to help gauge the species' population. They'll tell you the Timber Rattler is one of the most misunderstood animals in nature, and they're right. It's also one of the most feared, and pays a heavy price as a species because of it.
The Shell Game
They say that slow and steady wins the race. Does that apply to turtles, too? The Maryland Department of Natural Resources wants to know more about the numbers of a famous Maryland turtle-the Terrapin, a species that lives in Eastern Shore creeks and marshes. Like most types of turtle, the Terrapin is mysterious in its movements and is difficult to track and study. Now, its fate is in question as development consumes much of the animals' ancient nesting spots. Experts are hoping a new research program will prove it's not too late.