Chesapeake Challenge

A column by staff "puzzler" Kathleen Gaskell

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Striped bass live most of the year in the ocean, but migrate to freshwater to spawn. The word used to describe these fish is anadromous. Other… Read Story

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Good things come in small packages. This adage certainly applies to what may be one of the Chesapeake’s most overlooked marine creatures: sea slugs.  Read Story

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Take this quiz to gather pearls of wisdom about oysters. Answers are below. Read Story

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Bat Week is celebrated the last week in October. The last night in October is Halloween. What do these two things have in common? Bats play an… Read Story

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Here are the names of some plants and animals that are fun to say out loud. Match them with their description. Answers are below. Read Story

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“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind… Read Story

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Ever been in such a rush that you said, "After I eat, I have to fly?" These birds have you beat. They capture and eat their prey on the fly. H… Read Story

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The ruby-throated hummingbird, which eats in midflight, is the most widespread of all hummingbird species. How widespread is your knowledge ab… Read Story

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Soil is home to thousands of organisms, ranging in size from microscopic bacteria to larger animals like the ones listed here. Can you match t… Read Story

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Which is greater — the number of organisms in a handful of healthy soil or the number of people on Earth? If you said organisms, you are corre… Read Story

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Oysters, which grow on reefs, play an important role in filtering the Chesapeake Bay's water. But oyster reefs also provide habitat for a larg… Read Story

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Let’s call it a night. For many, this means the day’s activities are done and it’s time for rest. Yet for many of Earth’s inhabitants, activit… Read Story

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Did you ever wonder what goes on in an animal’s brain or body while it is sleeping? Take this quiz to learn about a few animals’ sleeping habi… Read Story

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If you want to learn more about the North American river otter — or test how much you already know — you otter take this quiz. Answers are below. Read Story

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“Look” at the animal, plant or mineral in each of these lists. Three share a common trait that the fourth does not. Can you figure out which o… Read Story

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For some, October is the month to dwell on the odd and unusual. In each list here, three of the items have at least one thing in common. You a… Read Story

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Here are 10 scrambled words related to the bald cypress, along with a clue to their identities. Stuck? All of the information you need is in t… Read Story

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It’s summer, and humans aren’t the only mammal tourists visiting the waters of the Chesapeake. Will you be lucky enough to see an Atlantic bot… Read Story

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How much do you know about orchids? Test your knowledge with this quiz. Answers are below.  Read Story

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It’s June, when prom dates and mothers of the brides and grooms are bedecked with spectacular corsages, many of them featuring orchids. The or… Read Story

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The facts listed here are no flights of fancy. Each describes a bird found in the watershed at some point of its life. Can you match them up? … Read Story

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When people say that someone eats like a bird, they usually mean that the person eats very little. But, in some ways, the assumptions behind t… Read Story

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Did you know that water in a stream or river must fall at least 5 vertical feet to be classified as a true waterfall? Here are some other wate… Read Story

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It is not unusual for the weather in early March to be “biting cold.” So what better month to celebrate teeth? In this first part of the quiz,… Read Story

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Not all animals need teeth to eat. Here is a quiz about four of the Chesapeake watershed’s animals have adapted to capture and eat their prey.… Read Story

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Celebrate the Chesapeake year-round! Get out your 2018 calendar and save these dates that mark activities and resources to help you get the mo… Read Story

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Do you want to increase the odds of seeing some of these birds, and others, at your backyard feeder but are puzzled about what to feed them? I… Read Story

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Here is a quiz about colors in the animal world. Will you pass it with flying colors? Answers are below. Read Story

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For 75 years, (1850–1924) canal boats carried salt, salted fish, oysters, potatoes, bricks, salt and plaster upstream. Downstream loads includ… Read Story

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It’s a wild world out there and the Chesapeake Bay is no exception. Here is a list of species you might encounter while hiking in the Chesapea… Read Story

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Some people won’t hike in an area where they fear they might run into a bear or snake. The chance of encountering one of these creatures is ve… Read Story

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Chances are that if you or your family like to hike, you have already walked on part of the Appalachian Trail. Hikes can last anywhere from ha… Read Story

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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 t… Read Story

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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… Read Story