Peacock Anyone?

We have three grandchildren now. All of them through my son’s side of the family. Cloey is 13 and is following in my footsteps. Dirt and animals are good. Dressing up is not and should be kept to a minimum. Brantley is 8 and is still trying to figure out what tastes good, what is […]

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Meet Eric Werner, Nature Guide and Expert
Hawk and Falconry Demonstrations - Eric Werner - Easter Shore Experience

Growing up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore until he was 8 years old, taught Eric Werner that the outdoors were magical! He caught crabs and minnows on the shoreline, watched all the birds and mammals raise their young, and made every turtle and snake he could catch his pet. His parents weren’t always amused. In 1968 […]

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Hunting On The Eastern Shore of Maryland
Sago The Red Tail Hawk - Eastern Shore Experience

Hunting in Maryland, historically, is a tradition that goes back to 1634 when the first settlers landed on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Procuring waterfowl, turkey and deer made the difference between living and dying in colonial Maryland. Here on the Eastern Shore of the state, we continue this tradition nearly 400 years later. […]

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They Call Me The Hawkman

When Tilghman Islander Eric Werner talks to Kimber, the young red tailed hawk he’s training, he swoons. And although the relationship between them looks personal, it’s not. “This isn’t like a bond with a dog or a cat” he said, “this is a professional relationship.” He steps away from her perch inside of his large […]

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Sago, The Red Tail Hawk, Has Arrived
Sago The Red Tail Hawk - Eastern Shore Experience

This past Fall 2017, I had a great trapping season shared with several other falconers as well as a few great friends, some that I have known for 40 years. (Wow! The reality of that statement is just now sinking in.) When I say trapping season, I mean the time of excitement when we are on […]

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My Son’s First Pet, A Mexican Red Kneed Tarantula
Mexican Red Kneed Tarantula

I’ve got bunches of stories that my family and friends have told me I need to share and, well, this is probably the best forum to share them on. Most of them sound like fairy tales. In some cases that’s not far from the truth. I am so tempted to start with the best ones, […]

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The Rat Snake Earring
Pet Rat Snake Earring - Eastern Shore Experience

If you read my previous writing about My son, Stephen and his desire to have a pet of his own, then you are in the right place for the rest of the story. The tarantula had been a nice idea… in theory. After that debacle, I had to come up with a new better “second” […]

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Another Young Hawk to Train
Falconry with Eric Werner of Eastern Shore Experience

It is getting close to that time of year again. That time when I haul out my equipment and head to the field to trap my new bird. That immature Red-Tailed hawk that  I will train and use as a falconry bird. Some folks disagree with this sport without knowing much about it. Some folks have […]

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Hippos… In The Bay?

Most people who live in and around the famed Chesapeake Bay are quite surprised to find out that we have a healthy population of  Atlantic Sea Horses (Hippocampus Erectus). Also known as the Lined Seahorse, they are hanging around all the docks and crab pots in the Bay proper and in the creeks and tributaries […]

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