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Night Heron Mania Comes To An End

Night Heron Mania Comes To An End

Just before Earth Day 2010, Baltidome noticed of a brood of Yellow Crowned Night Herons nesting on the Jones Falls in downtown Baltimore.  Known to nest in communes, three couples of night herons selected a conspicuous location above a downtown waterfall where city residents would have a deck and sitting area to catch all of the action.  -And take it in they did!

Hardly a moment passed where the night herons did not have at least a one person watching either from the deck below or a Druid Hill Park bridge balcony.  Before you start getting all concerned about a heron’s right to privacy, it should be mentioned that this is at least the second year the night herons have chosen this location, so they must have known what they were getting themselves in to.

Yellow Crowned Night Herons are unique in that they are night feeders.  They also differ from many other birds in that males and females are virtually indistinguishable from one another and share equal responsibility in all duties required for raising their young, including nest building, incubating the eggs, hunting for food and feeding the young.  Herons are coastal birds and it is furthermore uncommon that this particular group has apparently chosen inner city living.

The birds laid their eggs on the Jones Falls Trail in the second week of April.  Last week the first group of five night heron hatchlings left the nest.  Since April, Baltidome has been keeping an eye on the birds and recording their progress.  Below is a photo journal from the last several weeks.

Yellow Crowned Night Herons, we wish you great future success and hope to see you again next year! [tweetmeme]

Another Code Red Day In Baltimore
June 28, 2010, 5:57 am
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Another Code Red Day In Baltimore

Inner Harbor Interactive Fountain

The Baltimore City Health Department has listed another Code Red heat alert for Monday, June 28th:

June 27, 2010. Because of predicted high temperatures and potential danger according to the Baltimore Heat Watch Warning System, Interim Health Commissioner Olivia D. Farrow is declaring Monday, June 28th a Code Red Heat Alert day.

Here are some tips from Clean Air Partners for what you should do on a Code Red day to reduce your environmental impact:

  • Postpone mowing and trimming or use electric garden equipment.
  • Postpone painting or use water-based paint instead of oil-based paint.
  • Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.
  • Keep driving to a minimum.
  • Fill up your gas tank during evening hours. Avoid spilling gas and “topping off” the tank. Replace gas tank cap tightly.
  • Carpool or use public transportation when possible.
  • Avoid long drive-through lines; instead, park your car and go in.

Baltimore Bottle Tax Revived And Passed
June 25, 2010, 10:08 am
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Baltimore Bottle Tax Revived And Passed

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun:

The Baltimore City Council gave its final approval Thursday to a 2-cent tax on bottled beverages, bringing to an end months of heated debate on how to close Baltimore’s largest budget gap in memory.

The 2-cent tariff, which is set to expire in three years, represents a compromise between Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who had proposed a 4-cent tax, and council members who were pressured to oppose the tax by beverage distributors and store owners.

Baltimore appears to be the only jurisdiction to pass a bottle tax this year. Similar measures were defeated in Philadelphia and Washington following an intense push by beverage lobbyists and retailers.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.

Farmers Market Every Day Of The Week Now In Baltimore City

Local Food Now Available Every Day Of The Week In Baltimore

The local growing season in on and Baltimore Farmers’ Markets are popping up like dandelions.  For the first time in decades, Baltimore will have local food every day of the week at a market stand in the city.  Below is a rough guide to start you on your quest for the best local food around!

Baltimore Farmers’ Markets and Stands:


Real Food Farm Stand
Belair-Edison Family Health Center
3120 Erdman Ave
Monday: 5-7pm


University Farmers’ Market (University of Maryland)
Plaza Park, Paca Street
Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 11 – November 23

Village of Cross Keys Farmers’ Market
Parking Lot – Village of Cross Keys
5100 Falls Road
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. June 1 – October 26


Mt. Washington Whole Foods Market Farmers’ Market
5800 Cottonworth Avenue/ By Starbucks at the Mt Washington Mill Center
Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 9 – November 17

Park Heights Community Farmers’ Market
5201 Park Heights Avenue (Pimlico Race Course Parking Lot)
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 2 – November 24

State Center Community Farmers’ Market
201 West Preston Street
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. June 2 – October 27

Real Food Farm Stand
500 Kirk Avenue, Sheperd’s Clinic
Wednesday: 5-7pm


John Hopkins Hospital Farmers’ Market
Jefferson Street pathway near Cancer Research Buildings
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Mill Valley General Store
2800 Sisson Street
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9 – 5 p.m., Sunday 9 – 3pm

Real Food Farm Stand
Lake Montebello Pavillion
Friday: 5-7pm


32nd Street/Waverly Farmers’ Market
400 block of E. 32nd Street
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to Noon Open All Year*

Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) Farmers’ Market
1415 Key Highway
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. June 5 – September 25


Baltimore Downtown Farmers’ Market
Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Streets (under JFX Viaduct)
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to Noon (or sell out)

Proposed Baltimore Walmart Complex – Progress or Problem?

Proposed Baltimore Walmart Complex – Progress or Problem?

Bmore Local is a Baltimore coalition of residents, business owners and community leaders that is working hard to keep folks informed about the proposed 25th Street Station Walmart development in Remington.  Watch the revealing video to learn more about the next proclaimed “green building” scheme and the developers who are making a pitch for property in downtown Baltimore.

To get involved with Bmore Local, visit


Prizes, Cheap Drinks and More at Bmore Bgreen Happy Hour at Brewer’s Art
June 21, 2010, 8:01 pm
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Prizes, Cheap Drinks and More at Bmore Bgreen Happy Hour at Brewer’s Art

Bmore Bgreen Happy Hour
June 24, 2010; 5-7pm
Brewer’s Art
1105 North Charles St.
Mount Vernon, Baltimore

A happy hour event sponsored by Bmore Bgreen at Brewers Art Thursday, June 24th from 5 to 7 pm will provide drink specials of beers for $3.25 and wines by the glass for $5. Bmore Bgreen is a group working in partnership with Baltimore Green Works creating three-dimensional and interactive displays teaching children about sustainable living.

The Bmore Bgreen team also has an ongoing raffle with prizes including a free home energy audit, discounted green cleaning and a free sustainable home landscaping consultation among other awards.  Additional raffle tickets will be sold at the happy hour and prizes will be awarded during the happy hour event.

To learn more, CLICK HERE.