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Chesapeake Bay News

Jun
10
2016

Photo of the Week: An early bird catches a quick bite

An American robin pulls a worm from the grass at Jeff Robertson Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Although often considered harbingers of spring, most robins actually stay in their breeding range year-long. But because they spend the winter roosting in trees instead of hopping across the lawn, you’re less likely to see them. Robins hunt for one of their favorite foods, earthworms, by cocking their head to the side so they can see—contrary to popular belief, they don’t actually hear the worms. These birds can often be seen after a rainstorm, feasting on the worms that rise to the surface.

Due to their susceptibility to pesticide poisoning, robins can be an indicator of pollution in the environment. Chemicals like DDT, which was banned in the U.S. in 1972, can persist in the soil for decades, where earthworms can absorb them and pass them to feeding robins. In one Michigan town, sick and dying robins were one of many indicators that DDT was still contaminating the environment. By studying the health of robins and other wildlife, experts can continue to monitor how ecosystems recover from DDT and other harmful chemicals.

Learn about how chemical contaminants affect the health of the Bay and its rivers and streams.

 

Image by Will Parson

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About Stephanie Smith - Stephanie is the Web Content Manager at the Chesapeake Bay Program. A native of the Midwest, she received her Bachelor’s in Professional Writing from Purdue University and Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan. Stephanie’s lifelong love of nature motivates her to explore solutions to environmental problems and teach others what they can do to help.



Jun
09
2016

Humans of the Chesapeake: Greg Kearns

Greg Kearns is a Park Naturalist for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. For close to 30 years, Kearns has been involved in work for Patuxent River Park in Croom, Maryland, where he shares his passion for nature with park visitors.

In our interview, we asked Kearns what the Chesapeake Bay means to him. Watch the video above to hear his response.

Learn more about Kearns’ work in our Bay 101: Wetlands video.

Throughout Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week, we'll be sharing the stories of people who live, work and play in the Chesapeake region. Join the conversation on social media: #HumansOfTheChesapeake

Video by Will Parson



Jun
08
2016

Humans of the Chesapeake: Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson is an avid fisherman living in Blair County, Pennsylvania, and the nonprofit he leads has restored 28,000 square feet of forest buffer, secured several miles of permanent public access for fishing, and organized annual cleanups along the 32-mile Little Juniata River.

In our interview, we asked Anderson what the Chesapeake Bay means to him. Watch the video above to hear his response.

Learn more about the efforts to restore this wild trout fishery in our Restoration Spotlight.

Throughout Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week, we'll be sharing the stories of people who live, work and play in the Chesapeake region. Join the conversation on social media: #HumansOfTheChesapeake

Video by Will Parson



Jun
07
2016

Humans of the Chesapeake: Colin Christopher

Colin Christopher is the Executive Director of Green Muslims, a Washington, D.C.-based organization with the mission of helping their community live in the environmental spirit of Islam. The organization’s ‘Our Deen is Green’ Youth Outdoor Education Program offers a range of field trips to places like the Chesapeake Bay, local farms and conserved lands to demonstrate real-life examples of how Islam and the environment are entwined.

In our interview, we asked Christopher what the Chesapeake Bay means to him. Watch the video above to hear his response.

Learn more about Green Muslims and the Our Deen is Green program.

Throughout Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week, we'll be sharing the stories of people who live, work and play in the Chesapeake region. Join the conversation on social media: #HumansOfTheChesapeake

Video by Will Parson



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