Maryland’s Biodiversity could go to get complete lists of plants or animals. And then it happened. Brighton found a plant that he couldn’t identify. When he got home, he tried to find out what it was. It was then that he found out that Maryland was one of the few states that didn’t have an official plant list. “It frustrated me greatly,” Brighton said. “So, I called Bill that night and said this needs to be fixed. Let’s do what we were talking about and build it.” Within a few months, they had all the major groups up on their site, marylandbiodiversity.com.
They named their effort the Maryland Biodiversity Project and adopted a mission, to catalog all the living things in the state and to promote education and conservation by helping to build a vibrant general nature study community. The plant that Brighton found ~ the one that started the whole undertaking ~ was called whorled yellow loosestrife. Both Brighton and Hubick have day jobs. Brighton works for Campbell’s Boat Yard in Oxford, and Hubick is a web developer. Neither makes a living as a scientist or naturalist, but both have spent more than twenty years in the field, largely following the lead and soak-
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Tidewater Times August 2016