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Oysters!

Take this quiz to gather pearls of wisdom about oysters. Answers are below. 1. The word “Chesapeake” comes from an Algonquian word thought to mean: A. Great Shellfish Bay B. Half Shell Heaven C. Mother of Oysters D. Bay of Oyster...

Bats!

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 important role in pollinating cacao plants, from which we get chocolate. Can you imagine a...

Name Game

Here are the names of some plants and animals that are fun to say out loud. Match them with their description. Answers are below. Dickcissel Fuzzy Foot Hairy Beardtongue Hobomok Katydid Megalops Mummichog Polliwog Pawpaw Skink Whistlepig 1....

The ruby-throated hummingbird

The ruby-throated hummingbird, which eats in midflight, is the most widespread of all hummingbird species. How widespread is your knowledge about this incredible bird? Answers are below, along with tips for how to safely attract hummingbirds...

Grounded!

Soil is home to thousands of organisms, ranging in size from microscopic bacteria to larger animals like the ones listed here. Can you match the animal to its description? Answers are below. Belted Kingfisher Eastern Mole Marsh Slug Mining...

Beddy-Bye Beasties!

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 habits. Answers are below. 1. Dolphins swim while they sleep. How do they manage this? A....

Standing out!

“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 one stands out from the rest, as well as what the other three have in common? Answers are...

Bald Cypress

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 the September Bay Naturalist column. Answers below. 1. WSPAM __________________ This is the type of...

Dolphins!

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 bottlenose dolphin? If not, you can learn more about these animals by taking this quiz....

Orchid lore

How much do you know about orchids? Test your knowledge with this quiz. Answers are below.  1. Which of these delicious flavors comes from a plant in the orchid family? A. Cinnamon B. Chocolate C. Nutmeg D. Vanilla 2. Orchids come in...

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