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Ruffed Grouse

This time of year there are some things I've come to expect: getting out to enjoy the crisp cold air, the rush of holiday shopping, and getting Christmas carols stuck in my head. Last year, I was at home and couldn't quite shake The 12 Days Of Christmas. I stood in the kitchen finishing the last bars "...and a partridge in a pear tree…" when my daughter rounded the corner. "DAD," she exclaimed, mortified, "stop singing!" Once her level of embarrassment returned to regular dad-status she looked at me and asked, "What even is a partridge anyway?"

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.