It's time to check the depth of your knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay and its wetlands.

  1. How many acres of wetlands border the Bay and its tributaries?

    1. less than 500,000
    2. about 1 million
    3. about 1.5 million
    4. more than 2,000,000

  2. Which of the following are wetlands?

    1. swamps & bogs
    2. marshes & tidal flats
    3. floodplain forests & fens
    4. all of the above

  3. Wetlands are important because they:
    1. are a primary source of drinking water for nearby cities.
    2. filter out sediments & nutrients
    3. provide outstanding habitat for plant and animal life.
    4. both B & C

  4. The greatest threat to wetlands is:
    1. spring freshets
    2. El Nino
    3. man
    4. droughts

  5. Which type of wetland is most likely to contain all of the following plants and animals: skunk cabbage, red maple, prothonotary warbler and dusky salamander?
    1. salt marsh
    2. freshwater swamp
    3. marsh meadow
    4. tidal flat

  6. Which type of wetland is most likely to contain all of the following plants and animals: slender glasswort, groundsel tree, periwinkle, planthopper and northern diamondback terrapin?
    1. salt marsh
    2. freshwater swamp
    3. salt bog
    4. tidal flat

  7. Which type of wetland is most likely to contain all of the following animals: least sandpiper, horseshoe crab, red-gilled mudworm and saltmarsh amphipod?
    1. salt marsh
    2. freshwater swamp
    3. dune plain
    4. tidal flat

  8. Which mammal, by chewing up thousands of acres of marsh plants, is a threat to the Bay?
    1. muskrat
    2. raccoon
    3. nutria
    4. marshmot

    Bay Buddies - Answers

    1. C
    2. D
    3. D
    4. C
    5. B
    6. A
    7. D
    8. C

    Correction

    Bay Buddies apologizes to anyone who was sent on a "wild root chase" in the January-February puzzle. The word, "roots," which was planted in the search list, failed to sprout in the puzzle.