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Meet & Eat the Three Sisters

American Indians’ contributions to agriculture are among the many things that are remembered during the Thanksgiving season. The planting of the “Three Sisters” — flour corn/maize, climbing (pole) beans and winter...

Blackbeard & the Bay

Blackbeard was one of the most notorious pirates to terrorize the American colonies, and the Chesapeake region played no small role in the ultimate fate of this legend. How much do you know about Blackbeard? 1. Although no one is certain,...

Latin is alive & kicking in the natural world

The bird known as the great blue heron in English-speaking countries is known as the grand héron bleu in areas of the world that speak French. But to scientists all over the world, the bird is known by its Latin name, Ardea...

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Once called the Chesapeake Bay ducking dog, today’s Chesapeake Bay retriever has expanded its reputation and is noted for its intelligence and skills in field trials, hunt tests, conformation, obedience, agility and tracking, as well...

Three new reports talk trash

Three important news items related to trash hit the wires last week. Now trash may not be the most exciting subject — nor is it likely to attract a lot of attention around a long holiday weekend. But solid waste that becomes trash...

Sound bight? Get it strait!

There is a term for almost every type of landform that abuts water as well as every body of water that abuts land. But — sometimes the same term can mean one thing in one place and another elsewhere. Other times two terms describe the...

Bones and Stones

“If you want to become a fossil, you need to die somewhere where your bones will be rapidly buried. You then hope that the Earth moves in such a way as to bring the bones back up to the surface.” – Louise Leakey Pop up...

Rein in the Rain!

April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring stormwater runoff. With a little effort and planning, though, those flowers can help to stem runoff when planted in a rain garden. It is estimated that a rain garden can absorb 30...

Spring has Sprung

“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.” - Henry Van Dyke U.S. author, educator, clergyman Can’t wait for spring to get...

The Big Sleep

Tired of it being cold outside? Here’s a quiz on animals who avoid winter’s chill by sleeping through it. 1. There are many levels of hibernation. In animals that are considered “true hibernators,” three things are...

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