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Riddles to racc your brain!

1. Although raccoons are distantly related to three of these animals. It is not related to one of these animals at all. Which animal is it? A. BeaverB. FoxC. Mountain LionD. Panda 2. The raccoon’s Latin name is Procycon lotor. What does...

Newts about salamanders!

It’s spring, and love is in the air as male frogs serenade their sweethearts from ponds throughout the watershed. But they are not the only amorous amphibians about. Mostly silent and more secretive, some of their salamander cousins are...

Something for Everyone

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network sites offer a range of activities to their visitors: history tours, hiking, boating, swimming or wildlife watching, to name a few. Here is a list of 12 sites from throughout the watershed and their...

Roses are red, Violets are Blue

On Valentine’s Day, many throughout the watershed will be giving or receiving roses as a token of affection. In Victorian society, though, more than roses were used to express one’s sentiments, and almost every flower had its own message...

Too Much of a Good Thing

When reading about the problems in the Chesapeake Bay, one might be left with the impression that nutrients—especially nitrogen and phosphorus—are bad. This is not the case; both are naturally present in the air, water and soil and are...

Oh, Deer!

Everybody knows the white-tailed deer, but do you know the answers to these questions about this popular species in the Chesapeake watershed? 1. Deer are good swimmers. True or false? 2. Because deer lack _______, they rip away at...

Three per Tree

A few weeks ago, the watershed’s hardwood trees were a riot of color. The party’s over and now it’s time to clean up their litter. Here are 15 facts about five of the watershed’s most common deciduous trees: northern red oak, red...

Spot the Spider

“If you wish to live and thrive / Let the spider run alive.” Unfortunately, the sentiments expressed in this 19th century proverb are not universally shared in the 21st century. Perhaps our ancestors had a better grasp of how great a role...

A Fresh Look at Fish

Saltwater fish species frequently appear on the pages of the Bay Journal. Here’s a quiz on their freshwater cousins who live in the watershed’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. Match up the species with its description. 1. Bluegill 2....

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