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Kathleen Gaskell

Sea slugs

Good things come in small packages. This adage certainly applies to what may be one of the Chesapeake’s most overlooked marine creatures: sea slugs.

Oysters!

Take this quiz to gather pearls of wisdom about oysters. 

Bats!

Bat Week is celebrated the last week in October. The last night in October is Halloween. What do these two things have in common? 

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.

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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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