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Kathleen Gaskell

Baby bird blues

It’s a good thing that birds don’t get their parenting advice from humans. These successful behaviors for raising young birds are not likely to be found in any (human) child-raising book. Can you match the bird species with its practice?

Sea cucumbers

There are more than 1,200 sea cucumbers in the world’s oceans and their bays. The Chesapeake Bay is home to two of these creatures, the common sea cucumber and the pale sea cucumber. Take this quiz to learn more.

O say can you sea cucumbers in the Bay?

There are two species of sea cucumbers in the Chesapeake — the hairy sea cucumber (Sclerodactyla briareus) and the pale sea cucumber (Cucumaria pulcherrima) — but they may be hard to spot. Let’s see how well you do in a quiz about these curious sea creatures.

Superlative soup surprise

First, fastest, smallest, tallest. Look at this diverse collection of pairs, then choose what you think is the right answer.

Even if you are correct, the answer may still surprise you.

Wish list!

It’s the time of year when many of us make wish lists about what we would like to find under our trees. Here are some Chesapeake Bay watershed creatures, and lists of what they might want to find in or under a tree as well as under water or the ground. Can you match each animal to its list?

National parks

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. There are almost 100 NPS sites in the Chesapeake watershed, ranging from national parks and trails to historic sites and farms to military parks and memorials. Activities at them are equally diverse. Here is a list of scrambled words that describe recreational activities for visitors.


Heroes are at the heart of these memorials

November 11 is Veterans Day, which honors Americans who have served in the U.S. military. The National Park Service operates four sites in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that honor those who served in specific wars: the African American Civil War Memorial, The Korean War Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Here are facts about the memorials, three...


Bony “skeletons” will be out and about this Halloween, looking for treats. In the natural world, the structure and shape of a creature’s bones influence the physical “tricks,” or adaptations, that help it survive. Here is a list of creatures and a list of bone descriptions. Can you match each up?

Connect the bones

Make no bones about it, the shape, size and weight of a bone or bone-like structure are designed for each animal’s needs. Here is a list of bones and descriptions of the bone(s) structure. Can you match them up?

Name that state (or district)!

Almost every one of us has a nickname. The watershed’s states and district have had many nicknames over time. Can you match the nicknames with their jurisdictions? Only an expert in “onomastics” (the study of proper names) will get all of them right!

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About Kathleen Gaskell

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Kathleen A. Gaskell has been the the copy/design editor of the Bay Journal since 1995, and is also its Bay Buddies and Chesapeake Challenge columnist and compiler of the items for Bulletin Board. She earlier worked at The Sun in Baltimore beginning in December 1986, where she worked on the business, local and national copy desks, the layout desk and as the assistant night editor. She also worked at The Detroit News in Michigan. She attended Michigan State University on a creative writing scholarship, from which she received degrees in journalism and French. In the summer of 1981, she was named a Dow Jones Newspaper Intern, a competition that annually honors the nation’s top 40 copy editing journalism students.

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Tour dem Parks, hon.

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