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Bald Eagles

Jason Mrachina

  Over the weekend, I took my 7-year-old son Jack, to Conowingo Dam in northeastern Maryland for our now annual excursion. We gathered with hundreds of other people along the Harford County shore of the Susquehanna River.

Lots of the other visitors were photographers, but all of us had our eyes trained to the skies. For a moment, it was breathlessly quiet. And then Jack spotted what we came to see. And the whole crowd caught wind of it.

Together, we marveled as a stunning bald eagle soared over the river below the dam and then skimmed the surface of the water to snag a wriggling fish in its talons.

W. Brooks Paternotte took the helm of Irvine Nature Center as executive director in July 2013 and immediately began building on the strong 35-year foundation. Brooks is a Baltimore native who was a teacher, coach, advisor, dean and Head of the Middle School during his 13 years at Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore. He is also an instructor and ambassador of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and is a Leave No Trace Master, as well as an avid outdoorsman and a features writer for FlyLife Magazine.
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