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Parasitic plant's popularity rooted in myths, legends

I went hunting once. It was early December, more than 10 years ago, when I went with a friend to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We had permission from a local farmer to comb his property for our quarry. Armed with only a BB gun (or maybe it...

Fall migrations fill Chesapeake skies

Birds are the nomads of the animal world, ceaselessly traveling with the change in seasons. It must be their burden to carry in exchange for the gift of flight. Though some birds can remain in one area throughout the year, most are condemned...

Sharks and Rays

Eight exhausted teenagers doze in the shade on Jefferson Island, part of the Poplar Island chain. Working for the Youth Conservation Corps, their mission that day was to stabilize an eroding shoreline. Shovel by shovel, they unloaded a barge...

Submerged aquatic vegetation – barometer for the Bay

Finally, after a long, cold winter, the landscape is beginning to change as leaves appear and flowers bloom. This is not an exclusively terrestrial event. In the shallow water of Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries, underwater grasses are...

Chesapeake spring once marked by bountiful herring

Forcenturies, fishermen lined the banks of rivers and streams throughout the Bay watershed, dipnetting for alewife and blueback herring as the fish made their spring spawning runs. Once so abundant, the fish were often referred to as glut...

Serenades from the woods

There is an explosion of activity happening in tiny wetlands throughout the watershed. Species are gathering to attract their mates and breed. Most of us won't notice the event because of the players and their stage. The breeders are...

Winter wanderings in the Chesapeake watershed

 Winter has set in. The warm colors of autumn have been replaced with the browns, grays, and tans of the winter landscape. Evergreens, outdressed most of the year by more flamboyant vegetation, feed eyes hungry for color. The skies are...

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