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Kathleen Gaskell

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.

Standing out!

“Look” at the animal, plant or mineral in each of these lists. Three share a common trait that the fourth does not. Can you figure out which one stands out from the rest, as well as what the other three have in common? 

Odd-standing in their crowd

For some, October is the month to dwell on the odd and unusual. In each list here, three of the items have at least one thing in common. You are asked to pick the odd man out. 

Bald Cypress

Here are 10 scrambled words related to the bald cypress, along with a clue to their identities. 

You dolphinitely need to take this quiz!

Several Atlantic bottlenose dolphins showed up off Cove Point, near Solomons, MD, at the end of April. Since its launch last summer, ChesapeakeDolphinWatch.org — a website run by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science — has received reports of 1,000 sightings in the Bay and its rivers. Visit the site to learn more about these creatures and, in the meantime, you...

Dolphins!

It’s summer, and humans aren’t the only mammal tourists visiting the waters of the Chesapeake. Will you be lucky enough to see an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin? If not, you can learn more about these animals by taking this quiz.

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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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