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Freshwater bivalves flexing their muscles as water filterers

Oysters are in many ways the restoration darlings of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort. Touted for multiple benefits — as edible, water-filtering moneymakers — oysters attract both enthusiasm and funding to promote their recovery.

But the popularity of oysters often overshadows the water-cleansing role of other filter feeders such as mussels. A growing group of mussel advocates think it’s high time that the bivalves share the spotlight as clean-water workhorses that can carry the message farther upstream.

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Joyful flight of the tree swallow is poetry in motion

Brilliant flashes of steel blue and white swirled and danced, careened and darted, twisted and dipped in a masterful display of aerial skills. The binoculars hung unused around my neck — these dazzling acrobats were...
Michael Burke | On the Wing 10/19/18

Time to put the pedal to the metal: Create bicycle-friendly cities

My hope for America’s future? With any luck it’ll be a yawn. Such a future begins with cities. About four in five of us already live in urban areas. Since the 1950s, U.S. cities with populations of more than a...
Tom Horton | Chesapeake Born 10/12/18

Devil’s Marbleyard tempts hikers with rocky challenge

After a mile of increasingly pitched hiking through a dense forest, a strange scene unfolded. Quartzite boulders, ranging in size from La-Z-Boy recliners to school buses, reared up, blazing away in the sun. The absence of...
Jeremy Cox | Bay Journeys Article 10/05/18
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