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Outdoors Maryland

Saturday, 5:30 p.m. MPT

"In Society's Hands." Maryland schoolchildren were once taught that the bald eagle was on the verge of extinction. Pesticides like DDT were the main culprit. Then the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said bald eagles returned to the Chesapeake watershed in large numbers. Now, the bird's future may be endangered by something different, yet preventable: suburban sprawl and the loss of habitat.

"Osprey Heaven." This bird loves the Chesapeake Bay so much that now ospreys from Maryland are being caught and shipped to other areas where the species is in decline.

"Sharp Eyes, Red Shoulders." Maryland's population of red-shouldered hawks has dropped over the last 30 years in some parts of the state. That's why dedicated researcher Woody Martin still climbs to the upper branches of mature trees where these majestic raptors nest to measure the young that haven't yet left the nest.

Outdoors Maryland

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (Repeats Thursday, 5:30 a.m., and Feb. 5, 5:30 p.m.) MPT

"Sika Deer." This tiny species of deer, which lives exclusively on the Eastern Shore, is the focus of wildlife enthusiasts for its unusual habits in the wild.

"Mother Nature's Cops." On land, sea and in the air, Maryland's Department of Natural Resources police are on the job, 24 hours a day, defending the state's resources against problems -- from neglect to lack of respect to criminal behav- ior.

"Skiing." Snow lovers take to the slopes in search of winter thrills in the mountains of Western Maryland.

Sky Watch

Thursday, 8:33 a.m., WYPR (88.1 public radio).

Hosts are Jim O'Leary, senior director of technology, IMAX and Davis Planetarium at the Maryland Science Center, and Carol Christian, deputy head of the Community Missions Office of the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Online blog

Read Sun science writer Frank Roylance's weather and astronomy blog, updated daily at marylandweather.com.

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