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Why You should Never Buy This Landscaping Plant

japanesebarberry.jpgHave landscaping plans?  Be sure that planting Japanese Barberry in your yard is not among them. Available at most big box stores, this thorny bush is a favorite shelter plant for deer mice, which are hosts for the black legged tick, a major carrier of Lyme disease and other potentially devastating illnesses in humans. Want more information?  Check out this news clip, aired recently in Morris County, New Jersey.

Pumpkin Carving At Soldiers Delight

melissaschehleincarves01,10-28-17.jpgWhen the eve of All Souls Day approaches, thoughts often turn to carving gruesome (and cheerful) designs into rotund orbs of orange flesh. And what better place to do it than in the auditorium at the Soldiers Delight visitor center? Our pumpkin-carving program, an annual fundraiser for Soldiers Delight Conservation, Inc., the Friends group for Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area in Owings Mills, Maryland, is always a festive event. But this year we enjoyed the company of live, wild animals (and a mummified one) added to the mix!

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Haunted History -- A Halloween Hike For the Ages

bryanfeylockwithgreathornedowl,10-20-17.jpgIf you believe in ghosts, then the Soldiers Delight Natural Environment area in Owings Mills might be the perfect place to spend an evening on the weekend before Halloween. The Soldiers Delight visitor center is constructed atop Berry's Hill, where the final act of one of Colonial Maryland's most gruesome murder cases was played out 266 years ago.

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SDCI Winner of BGE Award!

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Photo courtesy of Donovan Eaton Photography
Soldiers Delight Conservation, Inc. was proud to be included among the 63 recipients of BGE's environmental stewardship Green Grants this summer. The grants support environmental initiatives across central Maryland and bring the company's cumulative total of Green Grants support to more than $1.6 million.

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In Memory of James L. Dudley, Volunteer Extraordinaire

December 29, 1938 - May 13, 2017

jamesl.dudley01.jpgJames L. Dudley was one of the finest, most dedicated volunteers Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area ever had. Read more about how this unique human being impacted a rare ecosystem for generations to come.

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Family Fun Day at Patapsco Valley State Park

samanthakoener,annarosenberger,screechowl,04-23-17.jpgThe weather was picture perfect for Family Fun Day 2017 at the Avalon section of Patapsco Valley State Park just south of Ellicott City. 

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Jean Reese Worthley

February 23, 1925 - April 10, 2017

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Jean Worthley in 2008
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of the last of the founding members of Soldiers Delight Conservation, Inc., Jean Reese Worthley, early this morning at the age of 92. Jean will be dearly remembered for her vast contributions to Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area and our Friends group, SDCI, which she founded to support the habitat. In addition, Jean was devoted to the Cylburn arboretum and Maryland Public Television, where she hosted a long running children's nature show, Hodge Podge Lodge. Jean was revered by students of the Worthley Botany class she led for many years, and by other groups who treasure plants all over the world.

Jean had recently hosted a potluck dinner with her botany class in celebration of her 92nd birthday at Two Below, her rustic property in Carroll County, Maryland. Until the very end, Jean retained an encyclopedic knowledge of plants, birds, and the natural world, and was able to cite their Latin names as easily as their common names.

Rest in peace, dear Miss Jean. We'll miss you.

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