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Kathleen Gaskell

Let’s go to bat for the Little Brown Bat!

White-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats in North America since it was first documented here in 2006–07. The disease has been particularly devastating for the little brown bat. How much do you know about the little brown bat and white-nose syndrome?

Name Game

Here are the names of some plants and animals that are fun to say out loud. atch them with their description.

Words for the wise

Here’s a list of out-of-the-ordinary terms that popped up during research for other Chesapeake Challenges over the years but never made it into a column. Match them with their definitions.

Eating on the fly

Ever been in such a rush that you said, “After I eat, I have to fly?” These birds have you beat. They capture and eat their prey on the fly. Here are the descriptions of an Acadian flycatcher, chimney swift, chuck-will’s widow and eastern phoebe. Can you match them up? 

The ruby-throated hummingbird

The ruby-throated hummingbird, which eats in midflight, is the most widespread of all hummingbird species. How widespread is your knowledge about this incredible bird? 

The wonderful, weird world of water-dwelling worms

The mud flats, waters and shores of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers are home to more than 100 species of benthic or “bottom-dwelling” worms. Here are five of those fascinating worms. Match them with their descriptions.

Grounded!

Soil is home to thousands of organisms, ranging in size from microscopic bacteria to larger animals like the ones listed here. Can you match the animal to its description? 

The world beneath your feet

Which is greater — the number of organisms in a handful of healthy soil or the number of people on Earth? If you said organisms, you are correct! Know some more dirt on soil? Take this quiz to see how well you are grounded on the world beneath your feet.

Reef sweet reef

Oysters, which grow on reefs, play an important role in filtering the Chesapeake Bay’s water. But oyster reefs also provide habitat for a large variety of marine life. Here are seven of the more unusual creatures that are found on oyster reefs. Can you match them up with their descriptions and photos?

Night Moves

Let’s call it a night. For many, this means the day’s activities are done and it’s time for rest. Yet for many of Earth’s inhabitants, activity is just beginning. This quiz will test you on how much you know about nocturnal creatures.

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About Kathleen Gaskell

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Kathleen A. Gaskell has been the the copy/design editor of the Bay Journal since 1995, and is also its Bay Buddies and Chesapeake Challenge columnist and compiler of the items for Bulletin Board. She earlier worked at The Sun in Baltimore beginning in December 1986, where she worked on the business, local and national copy desks, the layout desk and as the assistant night editor. She also worked at The Detroit News in Michigan. She attended Michigan State University on a creative writing scholarship, from which she received degrees in journalism and French. In the summer of 1981, she was named a Dow Jones Newspaper Intern, a competition that annually honors the nation’s top 40 copy editing journalism students.

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