Short Takes

Tuskegee Airmen make first visit to DNR

Tuskegee Airman William Broadwater (left) and his “wingman” J. Byron Morris (right)

A standing-room-only crowd packed a conference room at the Tawes Building in Annapolis to hear about the fascinating career of William E.

Broadwater, a founding member of the Maryland chapter and past national president of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Broadwater visited DNR to celebrate Black History Month. The Office of Fair Practices invited the 86-year-old aviator — who still takes the controls and flies across Maryland’s skies — to speak about his life.

He shared his passion for flying from a young age and the story behind his Tuskegee Airman Service in World War II. Broadwater later studied Business Law and Economics at Temple University and LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Broadwater’s penchant for all things airborne landed him as a Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Controller for 29 years.

After retirement, Broadwater started a consulting firm specializing in technical air traffic control and aviation matters. One of his clients was Donald Trump.

During the event, a Governor’s Black History Month Proclamation was read to the crowd and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Leadership Icon and the Office of Fair Practices Outstanding Support awards were presented to deserving DNR employees: Rosalee Anderson of Resource Assessment, NaTosha James of Information Technology Systems, Daniel Akwo of the Maryland Park Service, Sgt. Arthur Jackson of the Natural Resources Police and the Outstanding Support Award went to Sandra Trent of Land, Acquisition and Planning.

In 1917 Dr. Carter G. Woodson initiated Negro History Week, which later became Black History Month. He was the chairperson of the Howard University Department of History and the first Executive Director of the Association for the Study of African- American Life and History, Inc.

Shaum named Outdoor Educator of the Year

Martha Shaum (second from left) is congratulated by the Finton family.

DNR’s very own Martha Shaum has won the Robert Finton Outdoor Educator of the Year Award. The statewide education award was presented before 600 attendees at The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education conference in Ocean City in February.

“Martha’s innovative, hands-on activities and her contagious passion for the outdoors make learning fun and memorable,” said educator Lee Franklin of the Gunston School. “She is such a positive force.”

Shaum has worked within DNR’s Chesapeake and Coastal Service for more than five years as the Angler Education Coordinator. She leads the Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs program, which teaches school students, summer campers and adults how to fish.

She also develops curricula on aquatic animals, including fish husbandry programs. Shaum combines science with important conservation messages to deliver captivating lessons to children in school and at outreach events.

The Robert Finton Outdoor Educator of the Year Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates leadership and innovation in environmental and outdoor education.

DNR brings attention to invasive snakehead

The invasive northern snakehead

DNR recently held a contest to encourage citizens to eradicate the invasive snakehead from Maryland’s waterways. From April to October, DNR registered more than 170 snakeheads ranging from 1½ to 16-pounds on the Anglers Log, an online forum for avid fishermen. Registrants were automatically entered into a drawing featuring prizes donated by Bass Pro Shops, Maryland State Parks and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission.

The winners were Rodney Hose of Lexington Park, Jim Burgess from Haymarket, VA. and James Berry from Chesapeake Beach.

Hose caught his winning fish along the Occoquan River shoreline and received a $200 gift card to Bass Pro Shops. Burgess won a 2012 Potomac River Fishing License with his snakehead from Quantico Creek, a tributary off the Potomac River. Berry’s 16-pounder was caught near Fort Washington on the Potomac River, garnering him a 2012 Maryland State Parks Passport.

The snakehead is an invasive Asian species that was likely introduced into Maryland by people intent on serving this exotic fish in an underground market. Snakeheads are voracious, non-native predators that prey on native game fish.

DNR has also mounted a successful seafood marketing campaign to introduce snakeheads to chefs and seafood lovers. Avid angler Hon Kwon recommends filleting them like a striped bass; then they can be prepared like any other fish.

Trees are terrific!

Trees are terrific!

The DNR Forest Service, in partnership with the Maryland Forest Conservancy District Boards, is sponsoring a poster contest for 5th grade classes throughout the State. The theme for the poster is Trees are Terrific...Discover the Forest.

Posters will be judged on a county level and then submitted to the Maryland Urban and Community Forestry Committee to compete at the statewide level. Winners will be announced before the end of the 2011-2012 school year. U.S. Savings Bonds will be awarded to first, second and third prize winners.

All posters are due to county Forest Service offices by 4 p.m. on April 25, 2012. Local office addresses are available at dnr.

Contact Lindsay Major at or 410- 260-8515

Bobby G’s Quick Stuffed Shrimp

Bobby G’s Quick Stuffed Shrimp

This recipe is from Bob Gaudette, DNR director of Boating Services. He says this seafood concoction is delicious, quick and so easy. Gaudette can prepare and bake this meal in 30 minutes.

1/4 cup mayonnaise
12 10-count large fresh shrimp
1 pound backfin crab meat
1 package of Old Bay Crab Cake Mix
Old Bay seasoning to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Peel, split and devein shrimp.

Mix Old Bay Crab Cake Mix with mayonnaise and crab meat as directed on package.

Place open/split shrimp on lightly greased baking pan.

Shape crab meat into meatball size portions and place on top of shrimp.

Sprinkle top of crab meat with Old Bay seasoning. Cook in oven for 10-15 minutes then broil for 5 minutes until golden brown.

Do not overcook. If shrimp start to curl, take them out of the oven.

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