The overall health of the Cheseapeake Bay has been improving over time. This is the direct result of the collaboration of thousands of organizations and institutions and millions of homeowners in the Chespeake Bay Watershed, including the University of Maryland. Our efforts to keep Campus Creek, Guildford Run, Paint Branch, and our other water areas on campus clean and healthy all add up to a cleaner Bay. Read on for the full report.
The Arboretum works to support the sustainable goals set by the University's Office of Sustainability. Read here about how one of our gardens came to be, thanks to the Sustainability Fund.
Did you know that the entire University of Maryland campus is an arboretum and botanical garden? We've expanded our popular Walk with an Arborist programs to include Walk with a Horticulturist for the fall semester. Enjoy an early morning walk around some of the highlights of our gardens and grounds with our arborists and horticulturists, learning more about the plants we have on campus, our sustainability efforts to help us move towards a carbon-neutral campus, and the challeneges we face as an urban university.
”The Bug Guy” Explains Population Surge in Creepy Critters, Along With Fireflies
Maybe a green intruder scurrying down your shirt gave you the heebie-jeebies at a barbecue, or an in-law arched an eyebrow—devastatingly—at the state of your grub-damaged lawn. Perhaps instead of every rose having its thorn, every rose has its chomping insect.
These are just some of the potential effects of this summer’s surging beetle mania. According to entomology Professor Mike Raupp, aka “The Bug Guy,” bumper crops of scarab beetles, including chafers, Japanese beetles, Asiatic garden beetles and May/June beetles, are scuttling in high numbers across our region.
Did you see the recent feature on our staff in The Diamondback?
At the center of McKeldin Mall, a sunny, bustling hub of crisscrossing Terps on their way to and from class, nine people dressed in all white stand completely still. One poses at the head of a bed of tulips, arms outstretched. Another slouches on the sundial, while still another lies motionless on a bench. They barely bat an eye as passersby pause, stare or even snap a picture.
What started as a family planting project for Michael Ross and his son, Andrew, turned into a significant contribution to the University of Maryland (UMD) Arboretum.