06/25/14 10:05pm


DC Beekeepers getting international recognition! Thanks to a reader for sending from the BBC:

“When you see a swarm of honeybees swarming around the city, who you gonna call?

If you’re in Washington DC, a call to the DC Beekeepers Alliance summons a well-trained apiarist ready to capture the bees safely and find them a new home in a community garden or rooftop hive.”

We talked about this in April withIf You See a Bee Swarm Don’t Panic, It’s a Good Thing – Call (202) 255 4318 for Help by DC Beekeepers. And saw them in action at the Newark Street Community Garden.

Video after the jump for sizing reasons: (more…)

06/02/14 10:55am

Bat visiting Woodley Park in 2012


From an email:

“This is to inform you that a Big Brown bat in Ward 1, was determined rabid by the DC Department of Health on May 28, 2014. The animal was picked up on May 22 from the following addresses:

Bat – male adult Big Brown, found inside the bedroom of an apartment on May 22 at the 2000 blk of 16th St. NW in Ward 1. A similar situation involving a bat developed a week ago when a human/pet exposure resulted in the same general area in Ward 1.

Attached are flyers on Rabies and Animal Control Laws to the District’s residents. This is a message of prevention and caution on approaching any suspicious animals including loose cats and dogs in that area. Pet owners who allow cats and dogs to run at large in the woods expose their pets to possible Rabies transmission and Lyme disease, which can also be transmitted to humans.

Brochure-Rabies (PDF)

Brochure-Animal Control Laws (PDF)

Moreover, the following is pertinent information to assist the residents with advise on exclusionary methods, such as securing trash cans and other food sources, repairing and patching holes in attics and block crawl spaces such as porches and sheds against intrusion of wildlife. Wild animals are attracted to food waste. Thus sanitation issues should be prevented. The city does not to remove an animal from its habitat, unless sick or injured. Therefore, it’s important for residents to read our flyers for tips to discourage the proximity of urban wildlife into their properties and learn about signs of abnormal behavior.

Thank you,

Maria Hille
Supervisory Biologist, M.S., Animal Disease Control/HRLA
DC Department of Health / Government of the District of Columbia”

05/15/14 12:25pm

According to the National Park Service:

Are there coyotes in Rock Creek Park?

YES- The first recorded sighting in the park was in May 2004; they were confirmed by park staff in September 2004. Sightings have been recorded continuously since 2004. Most of the sightings have been in the upper section of the park between Military and Wise Roads. Several sightings have been reported in the neighborhoods adjacent to the park as well. Presently, there is no estimate of the population size in the park but the number is believed to be small.

Are they dangerous to people?

Coyotes generally are not interested in confronting people, even small children. Of course, parents should always keep an eye on children while in the park, but coyotes pose no special danger. They are usually not aggressive toward humans unless humans attempt to feed or interact with coyotes. While there are reports of coyotes attacking and killing a person, these types of incidents are extremely rare. Remember, coyotes are wild animals. They can be seen during the day, but they are most active in the evening and at night when the park is closed to pedestrian visitors.

Are they dangerous to pets?

MAYBE- Coyotes will hunt house cats and small dogs. However, if your pet is leashed (as DC and National Park Service regulations require) and you and your pet are on a trail (as Rock Creek Park regulations require), a coyote will likely not try to attack.

What should I do if I see a coyote?

You can stop and watch, but do not approach it. As with any wild animal, if it feels threatened by someone coming toward it or chasing it, it may feel the need to protect itself. DO NOT FEED or attempt to feed them. Once a wild animal gets accustomed to being fed by humans there is much more likelihood that an individual will get bitten by an animal looking for food.

If you see a coyote in the Washington, D.C. portion of Rock Creek Park, report the sighting to Resource Management Specialist Ken Ferebee at 202-895-6221. Let Ken know the date, time and location you saw the animal. Try to be as specific as possible. Leave your name and phone number so Ken can call you back if he has more questions.”

04/29/14 10:55am


Last week we learned that if you see a bee swarm, don’t panic call the DC Bee Keepers. And that’s exactly what one gardener did at the Newark Street Community Garden in Mclean Gardens. I was walking by on Saturday and one gardener explained to me that when a hive gets too big another queen is spawned and they take half the hive:


The swarm was set up just outside the established hive. Sadly I didn’t get the gardener’s name but on the Cleveland Park listserve they say: “Two members of DC Beekeepers Alliance, Kate McLynn Andrew Hullinger, carefully collected the swarm and gave them a hive to live in.”

Also gotta give props to the gardener as he set up a peremiter around the swarm and was super concerned about their welfare. Glad it all worked out for these guys:


And remember – if you see a swarm call (202) 255-4318.



04/25/14 3:45pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

Bird Watching is a go for Sunday May 4th at 8am. Please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail to confirm if you are going (and just in case I need to email you to cancel due to rain.)

From the folks at The Nature Conservancy:

“Theodore Roosevelt Island

Washington’s monument to our 26th president is hidden away on a 91-acre wooded island accessible only from the Virginia side of the river. Roosevelt Island offers several habitat types: hardwood forest, tidal marsh, and wooded swamp. There are trails running around the island, including a boardwalk through the marsh. This memorial site and surrounding land are managed by the National Parks Service, whom we partner with to achieve conservation goals in the Potomac Gorge.

What To See A good day in winter can produce six woodpecker species on the island. Other wintering species have included fox sparrow, winter wren, hermit thrush, and brown creeper. During migration, one can see a diverse array of warbler species, including prothonotary and yellow-throated warblers, both unusual for DC. In summer look for herons, osprey, and terns. Watch for red-shouldered hawks and wood ducks year-round.

Directions (more…)