City lights endanger migrating birds

Scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology recently published new research that shows city lights at night as a contributing factor to bird collisions with windows and buildings. It is estimated that 600 million birds die from such collisions every year in the U.S. The most dangerous American cities for birds during fall and spring migration due to light pollution and geography? Chicago, Houston and Dallas.

NRA offers database for adaptive hunting opportunities

The Hunter Services and Adaptive Shooting Programs of the National Rifle Association have compiled a list of organizations that offer outdoor opportunities for people with disabilities. The database can be searched by the type of outdoor activity, such as a guided whitetail hunt, chartered fishing trip or accessible hiking trails, or by organization name or location. For more information, visit adaptiveshooting.nra.org.

Only restored operational canal aqueduct in North America opens in Maryland

For the first time in nearly 100 years, a canal boat crossed the Conococheague Aqueduct of the C&O Canal National Historical Park earlier this month in Williamsport. The two-year project to rebuild the aqueduct using timber and original stones, created the first watered, operational aqueduct along the canal since 1924. Visitors can view multiple canal features, including a lift lock, refurbished lockhouse, railroad lift bridge, canal turning basin and warehouse, and a watered aqueduct. Construction will begin next year on a new visitor center and park headquarters, which will relocate from Hagerstown to Williamsport, bringing about 70 jobs to the town. The C&O Canal National Historical Park is Maryland’s most-visited park with nearly 5 million visitors annually, according to the National Park Service.

Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design contest now open

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites artists to submit their original works for the 46th annual Migratory Game Bird stamp design contest by Nov. 1. The winning entry will appear on the 2020-2021 Migratory Game Bird Stamp hunters purchase to hunt migratory game birds in Maryland. The contest will be held in conjunction with the 49th annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Nov. 8 to 10. Each contestant can submit up to three entries for a fee of $15 for one entry, $20 for two and $30 for three. Proceeds help fund game bird and waterfowl research and projects. For complete contest rules, visit www.dnr.maryland.gov.

— Susan Guynn

DNR to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 21 at Patriot Point in Dorchester County. The annual event includes fishing, archery, shooting sports and other activities centered on the outdoors and wildlife. A mentored dove hunt will also be offered for new and apprentice hunters, pre-registration is required to participate in the dove hunt due to limited slots, and all hunters must complete the requirements for newly licensed or apprentice hunters in Maryland. For more information, email christopher.markin@maryland.gov. The official National Hunting and Fishing Day is celebrated the fourth Sunday of every September, which is Sept. 28 this year. For more information, visit www.nhfday.org.

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