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Tiny organisms determine if life in Bay sinks or swims

Unseen by the naked eye, a community of predominantly microscopic organisms fuels the ecosystem we call the Chesapeake Bay. Plankton include free-floating microscopic plants (phytoplankton) and free-floating or weakly swimming animals...

Fish passages: If you build them, they'll come back

Although March is named after the planet Mars, I picture a more literal translation of the word. Warmer temperatures lure wildlife to migrate or "march" from wintering areas to the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Actually, the Chesapeake...

Measures turning tide in horseshoe crabs' favor

What has an armored body, five pairs of legs, a long, pointed tail, is related to spiders and has changed very little over the past 360 million years? The horseshoe crab! Named for its distinctive horseshoe-shaped body, the horseshoe crab...

Number of falcons over Bay beginning to soar

In 1979, a bird nesting on the 33rd floor of a downtown Baltimore building created quite an uproar. Professional and amateur bird enthusiasts were ecstatic! Why? The bird was a peregrine falcon, an endangered species, hatched and raised in...

'Rivers of birds' flow into Bay's wintering grounds

Birds are the nomads of the animal world, ceaselessly traveling with the change in seasons. Perhaps it is the burden they carry in exchange for the gift of flight. Though some birds can remain in one area throughout the year, most are...

Return of the natives

Today, few of us have the time or resources needed to maintain a formal landscape. As a result, people are exploring alternatives to traditional landscapes and are using a variety of beneficial plants to create a more natural yard. In the...

Take the bait

When you hear the word "eel," what comes to mind? For many people, eels are repulsive, slimy creatures to be avoided. But to fishermen and crabbers, eels are an important commodity, either as bait or to be exported for human consumption....

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