By the Numbers: Waterbirds of the Chesapeake

87 waterbird species take up winter residence on the Bay

With its attractive mix of forested uplands, tidal marshes and intertidal mud flats, beaches and manmade rocky shores, the Chesapeake Bay offers a wide range of habitats to waterbirds. (Photo: BGSmith / Shutterstock)

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By the Numbers: Waterbirds of the Chesapeake

Changing Chesapeake: Fish facing warmer waters

Long-term records show increasing temperatures

From 1938 to 2008, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, Maryland, documented a 2.7 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase in the water around their pier, impacting native fish species.

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Changing Chesapeake: Fish facing warmer waters

In the field with the Grass Whisperer

Troy Bishopp helps farmers get the most out of their pasture

Known for his passion for grazing, Troy Bishopp is called the Grass Whisperer. Bishopp visits Endless Trails Farm in New York, where he has worked to set up conservation practices and give advice on rotational grazing.

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In the field with the Grass Whisperer

Parasite causes a ‘zombie’ invasion

Invasive organism infects native mud crabs

Loxothylacus panopaei, or loxo, has taken over many of the black-fingered mud crabs in the Chesapeake Bay, affecting their motor function and ability to reproduce.

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Parasite causes a ‘zombie’ invasion

By the Numbers: Fragmented Chesapeake forests

60 percent of forests are disconnected by roads and other gaps

When forest habitats are broken apart due to development, the isolated communities of plants and animals are more vulnerable to disease, invasive species and other threats. (Photo: Zack Frank/Shutterstock)

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By the Numbers: Fragmented Chesapeake forests

    Chesapeake Bay News

    • November 30, 2015

      By the Numbers: 87

      The waterbird species that take up winter residence on the Chesapeake Bay.

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    Critter of the Month

    Common Carp

    December's Critter - Common carp are large, sturdy fish covered with thick scales. They were introduced to the Chesapeake region in the late 1800s.

    Featured Chesapeake Bay Websites

    • ChesapeakeStat


      A tool to assess progress and enhance accountability and transparency.

    • Chesapeake Bay TMDL

      Chesapeake Bay TMDL

      The EPA established a "pollution diet" to reduce nutrients and sediment in the Bay.

    • Bay Executive Order

      Bay Executive Order

      Calls on the federal government to lead a renewed effort to restore the Bay.

    • Maryland BayStat

      Maryland BayStat

      A powerful statewide tool designed to assess and coordinate Bay restoration.

    Bay Program issues management strategies

    watershed agreement

    In 2014, our partners signed the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, establishing goals, outcomes and management strategies to guide the restoration of the Bay, its tributaries and the lands around them.

    Restoring Wetlands on Agricultural Lands

    Between 2010 and 2013, 6,098 acres of wetlands were established, rehabilitated or reestablished on agricultural lands in the Bay watershed.

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    Be Bay-Friendly at Work

    Encourage your coworkers to be Bay-friendly by packing trash-free lunches, recycling office paper or using less water and electricity.

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