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Not So Different After All

Suzanne Sullivan grew up in Boston, MA and is now serving at a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer with the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy. Although very different in many ways, Suzanne has found many similarities between the two places and her love for the environment and restoration has grown. Read more about Suzanne's experience in this week's blog post.

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Pecometh Living Shoreline

Did summer camps fill anyone else’s childhood? I spent many summer days swimming in pools and rivers with friends and loved every minute of it. Every summer I would spend a week or two at Camp Pecometh on the eastern shore of Maryland. I would beg my parents to let me go longer!

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Looking Ahead in 2014

Ah, a fresh year is upon us. We like to take this time to look back on all the Trust, our grantees and our partners have accomplished in the past year, but more importantly, look forward to what is coming in 2014. The Trust has many events, programs and opportunities to get involved planned for the year ahead and we can't wait for you to join us!


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Keeping the Green in Christmas: Five Alternatives to Wrapping Paper

With the holidays approaching faster than a herd of stampeding reindeer, people all over the country are once again digging up their wrapping paper and tape. Gift wrapping is a time-honored holiday tradition for many families. Unfortunately, it carries another tradition right along with it: trash. Consider some of these greener alternatives this year.


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A Year in review

Wow, how quickly a year can fly by. 2013 was a great year for the Chesapeake Bay Trust and our amazing grantees. We accomplished so much together and it is all thanks to supporters like you! Check out everything we did in this year's "Year in Review" video.


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Ice, Ice Baby! How to De-Ice your Property without Degrading the Environment

With weather around the Bay region fluctuating from warm and rainy during the day, to below freezing temperatures at night, this winter has been prime for ice. Ice can be extremely dangerous when located on stairs, sidewalks and roadways, which is why you often seen people salting or sanding their front walkways. However, salt and sand can be just as bad as Vanilla Ice was at rapping, and can hurt your local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. Check out our blog on how to be green when it comes to ice, ice baby.

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Real or Fake: The Christmas Tree Conundrum
It is always the age old debate, should we go chop down a tree or buy a fake one? It would seem like buying a fake tree is the better choice, no watering, no needles to vacuum and it is more environmentally friendly right? Check out our pros and cons list for the great debate; you may be surprised which one comes out on top!

 

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Oysters for Thanksgiving?

So I will admit it, I am already getting excited about Thanksgiving; it is one of my favorite holidays. I think mostly my love for Thanksgiving stems from my complete and total adoration of Pumpkin pie. However, the one thing that we have never served (in anyway) are oysters. It has come to my attention that some (maybe many?) folks in the Chesapeake Bay serve different types of oyster dishes for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Give and Get Back this Holiday Season

As someone who loves giving gifts, this is really my favorite time of the year! I just love searching for that perfect gift for someone special that I know they will appreciate and enjoy. This year, I was thrilled that the Chesapeake Bay Trust had partnered with so many wonderful organizations to give me the opportunity to not only give great gifts, but give even more to a cause that I support. Find out six ways that you can buy gifts and give and give back this season.

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Top 5 Haunted Places on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

What’s not to love about Chesapeake Bay? The beautiful scenery, the amazing seafood, the water; it’s a place that people remember. But one strange thing that people may not think about when it comes to Chesapeake Bay is ghosts! Yes, you heard me correctly ghosts. The Chesapeake Bay watershed runs through 6 states, 64,000 square miles, and over 100 of the most haunted locations in America; from Fort McHenry in Maryland to Allegany County in New York. So next time you are thinking about taking your boat out alone on the bay just remember to leave at least your night light on.

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Soup Season

I don’t know about you but when the wind turns north, the temperatures drop and sun shines less I pine for those long, hot and humid days of summer. That is until I start embracing the good news brought on the change of seasons. There’s plenty to be thankful for when Autumn arrives, especially the very satisfying art of making soups – and making them from scratch using local veggies and tasty spices. Check out some delicious fall soup recipes in this week's post!

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5 Places to Pick Your Own Produce this Fall 

The Chesapeake Bay region is full of great activities for fall and one of the best outdoor activities is picking your own fruits and veggies! Many people believe the summer months are the best time to pick fresh fruits and vegetables; however, September through November there is still plenty of great produce available.

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 Lights on the Bay

You may not notice them as much, but the Chesapeake Bay is full of lighthouses that were in use for many decades. These lighthouses helped guide boats up and down the Chesapeake safely, but today, most are just symbols of our history. One group is keeping visitors engaged in these landmarks with the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge. You can learn more about lighthouses near you and the challenge in this week's blog post.

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Can you hear the Crabs Screaming Clarice?

If you like to be scared, you have probably seen Silence of the Lambs. This insanely terrifying movie depicts the psychological relationship that develops between Clarice Starling and the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lector. I mean, who eats their own kind? Well apparently in the Chesapeake Bay, that would be blue crabs.

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Growing into Fall
The pools have closed and the mornings are chilly, but that doesn't mean that all of your favorite outdoor activities are done! Fall is a great time to really get out and enjoy your garden and lawn. There is so much you can do, just check out our list!


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The Power of Nature

I am always amazed at the power that nature has. Right now, you can see it in the fires in Yellowstone, or even earlier this summer in the tornados that swept across Oklahoma. Here in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, while we do have our occasional tornado or wild fire, we are always concerned about hurricanes. These natural disasters can cause so much damage that they can even change the landscape we are familiar with.


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Sharks in the Chesapeake Bay?

Every summer one or two articles come out about a fisherman catching a shark in or around the Chesapeake Bay, and every summer, everyone is shocked to hear about it. It got me wondering about why people don't think that sharks could be in the Bay and how common they really are. Are we all just too focused on the blue crab and oyster to think about sharks? Or are they just too rare? After doing a little research, I was surprised by what I found!


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Unusual Companions

We all have seen it. We see two friends out for dinner and think, "Wow, opposites must really do attract!" Well it may not just be for us humans, but in the animal world as well! Trust summer intern, Mike Lagua went on an internet hunt for the most bizarre and interesting animal companions, and you may be surprised to see what he found...

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Chesapeake Heroes

Being a hero for the Chesapeake Bay may seem impossible. There are so many issues that the Bay faces, many wonder, "Where would I even begin?" Most people don't know that there are environmental heroes all around them, doing positive work and taking action to improve local communities, rivers and streams, and ultimately the Chesapeake. The best part? You can be one of these heroes. Learn more about some of our environmental heroes and a new one that just might inspire you!

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Growing Watershed Heroes in our Youth

Teacher Jennifer Chambers came up with the idea to write a book during a lesson she was giving on the life of litter and its impact on the environment. After discussing the travels of a juice box through the Potomac River, she decided a book would be the  best way to spread this important message to more students, and Watershed Adventures of a Water Bottle was born.


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Favorite Places to Dine by Boat on the Bay

Summer isn't just for wedding season, it is boating season too! Boating is one of the many ways that people in the Chesapeake watershed appreciate and enjoy the Bay, and after a long day on the water you know you may need to stop and grab a bite as the sun goes down.  Trust Communications Director Molly Alton Mullins, a six generation Annapolitan and avid boater, gives some great suggestions for places near and around the bay that you can pull up to for some Chesapeake cuisine after a long day on the water!


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Migration of the Corps Volunteer

Spring is here for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Plants are sprouting, animals are returning and even our Chesapeake Conservation Corps will be emerging from the long winter ready for action. Volunteer Tyler Walston with the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance explains the work the Conservation Corps has been up to during the cold months inside and what they have in store for the Chesapeake Bay watershed this spring and summer.



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Live from the Mid-Atlantic, It's Spring!

Most people wouldn't be able to find much in common between spring in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the infamous late-night sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, but somehow Trust program officer Kacey Wetzel has done it! Check out her most recent blog that will give you some great ideas on some common native plants of spring and maybe some newcomers that might have you asking for more cowbell!

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Trash: Helping With One Easy Act

Trash has been in the news more than ever lately in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. There are many initiatives and even laws that are being proposed that would try to reduce the amount of trash that is produced, especially in Maryland. Trust program officer, Hieu Truong, has caught up with this new craze and even participated in a few events in her local neighborhood to reduce litter. Learn more about one simple step she has taken to make a difference and about organization who are doing the same.

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Growing Up on the Bay

When you grow up near the Chesapeake Bay, you generally know what it looks like, especially if you live in Maryland and it is cutting your state in two. However, much of the country is unaware of what a rare and beautiful resource we have in the Bay, let alone what it looks like. Program officer, Jen Wijetunga talks about her experience growing up on the Bay, and gives drawing it her best shot!

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Teaching Students Outside the Classroom

For more than 10 years, Project BioEYES, an award-winning program of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Baltimore, MD, has been exciting kids about science. Project BioEYES targets minority and low-income students, as this population is historically underrepresented in science. Learn more about this great group's work in our new blog post!

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Chesapeake Conservation Corps: Volunteers in Action

Tyler Walston, a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer with the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) in Vienna, Maryland, is becoming very familiar with some of the challenges the Chesapeake Bay faces. However, he is also learning that restoration needs to be done across multiple platforms and with many different stakeholders and landowners involved. Learn more about how Tyler and the NWA are partnering with farmers to help restore the Bay.

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