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Endangered Florida manatee returns to mid-Atlantic region

This summer, as in the summer of 1994, a strange and exotic creature graced the Bay waters. Not normally found farther north than North Carolina, a West Indian manatee swam from Florida to Chesapeake and Delaware bays, then along the New...

Blue crabs inhabit the Bay throughout the year

Summer on the Chesapeake -- it's just not complete without the traditional crab feast. For many Chesapeake Bay residents, summer doesn't really begin until they've consumed the succulent meat covered in spicy seasoning. Although these...

Citizens help to survey submerged aquatic vegetation

In the shallow waters of Chesapeake Bay, underwater grasses sway in the aquatic breeze of the current. Known as submerged aquatic vegetation or SAV, these amazing plant communities provide food and shelter for waterfowl, fish, shellfish and...

Migratory Songbirds Return from Winter Sojourn

AS the weather warms and spring vegetation emerges, the air fills with sounds almost forgotten. Birds are returning to the forests, fields and wetlands of North America. Absent for months, more than 360 species of migratory songbirds, known...

Arbor day rooted in our appreciation of trees

"Each generation takes the earth as trustees. We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed." These were the words of J. Sterling Morton, an editor of Nebraska's first newspaper, who in 1872...

Atlantic sturgeon - giants of the East Coast

Along the Atlantic coast, from Canada to Florida, a prehistoric creature still exists. The Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxirinchus) is a primitive fish that has been around since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, approximately 150 million years...

Two swans, two different stories for the Bay

Two species of swans - tundra and mute - winter on the Chesapeake Bay. But only the tundra swan, formerly known as the whistling swan, is native to North American. Tundra swans are large white birds, weighing an average of 14 to 16 pounds,...

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...

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