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Odd-standing in their crowd

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 are asked to pick the odd man out. Answers and explanations are below. 1. Winnie Estelle, Dee of St....

Sharp as a needle? This bald cypress quiz is for you

The September Bay Naturalist column is about the bald cypress. How much do you know about this tree? Take this quiz to find out. Answers are below. 1. The tallest known bald cypress, at 145 feet, is found near which Virginia city? A. Newport...

Chesapeake corsages

It’s June, when prom dates and mothers of the brides and grooms are bedecked with spectacular corsages, many of them featuring orchids. The orchids for these corsages are propagated under special conditions in greenhouses.  Native...

Eat like a bird?

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 the saying aren’t accurate. The truth is, birds eat a lot when comparing the amount that they...

Fall in love with these waterfalls!

April showers bring… If flowing waterfalls popped into your head, you are correct! Perhaps matching each waterfall to its description will whet your appetite for a visit. Answers are below Cascade Falls Crabtree Falls Dry Run Falls...

Sink your teeth into this quiz!

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, match the creatures listed here with the four statements just below them, then answer...

Seedy birdie!

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? Instead of trying to solve this problem on your own, we are supplying the answers up front. Here...

How canny are you about the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal?

George Washington knew that trade between the Eastern seaboard and the West — beyond the Allegheny Mountains, where roughly a quarter of the U.S. population lived — was essential to the fledgling country’s economy. Using...

Fall in love with these trails this autumn

Why be just a leaf peeper when these trails in Virginia and West Virginia offer you an opportunity to walk along the leaves themselves as well as experience views not seen from the road? Match these trails with their descriptions. Answers...

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