Drones, Bots and the Bay

OutLook for the Bay Drones, Bots and the Bay By Henry S. Parker We are woefully ignorant of the marine environment. The seas cover 70 percent of the earth’s surface and make up 90 percent of its living space, but the vast ocean world is largely an unfathomable mystery to mankind. Did you know that […]

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Terrapins by the Bay

OutLook for the Bay Terrapins by the Bay By Henry S. Parker You have to tip your hat to Maryland. What other state’s flagship university would adopt a slow, scaly reptile as its mascot, and somehow make it endearing? But anyone who follows University of Maryland sports is on a first-name basis with “Testudo,” an […]

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The Changing Bay

CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES   The Legend of Santa Claus By Tim Slover Bantam Books, New York (2010)   Christmas Chronicles is a delightful, although fanciful Christmas story that may become a classic that is read to families and by families for years. It is also available on a CD, which would be fun to listen to in […]

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Bats By the Bay

Bats By the Bay By Henry S. Parker           It’s a familiar scene on a Summer evening in many houses across America. Someone screams, another person swats at the air with a broom and a small winged creature, likely more startled than the humans, swoops and dives among the furniture. At least it used to […]

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Acid Waters: A New Threat to the Bay?

Last Words OutLook for the Bay Acid Waters: A New Threat to the Bay? By Henry S. Parker, PhD It seems that we’re constantly learning about new threats to Chesapeake Bay. And now there is yet another one, and it’s insidious: ocean acidification. Simply put, ocean acidification is a rise in the acid content of […]

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The Shores are Alive

OutLook for the Bay – Last Words The Shores are Alive By Henry S. Parker A quiet revolution is sweeping the Bay. Not long ago coastal property owners sought to control erosion by armoring shorelines with hard structures that were unsightly, expensive and potentially harmful to the environment. Today the practice is to create “living […]

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Oyster Restoration

Oyster Restoration By Bob Whitcomb Saving the Bay is such an overwhelming concept that it’s difficult to  know where to begin, let alone do something significant to contribute to the effort. When governors and 10-year programs don’t succeed, it can be frustrating for the individual to believe that installing a rain barrel or cutting back […]

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe …

OutLook For the Bay – LAST WORDS Just When You Thought It Was Safe … Mighty Microbes in the Bay           On May 1, 2012, Aimee Copeland, a fit, 24-year-old graduate student from Georgia gashed her leg when she fell from a zip-line into the Tallapoosa River near her home. The limb soon became infected. […]

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Seven Swans-a-Swimming

 OutLook for the Bay: Last Words Seven Swans-a-Swimming               Perhaps it started with seven swans-a-swimming or escapees from the local zoos or parks, but their numbers quickly grew to more than 4,000 gobblers of the subaquatic vegetation in the Chesapeake Bay.  The mute swan, as beautiful a sight as there is, was introduced to America […]

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Saving the Bay: One River at a Time

Saving the Bay: One River at a Time By Kathryn Marchi Have you ever watched water gushing out of your roof gutters or streaming down your street during a rainstorm?  These familiar scenes are played out in developed areas everywhere. In a time when conservation matters, one wonders how that water could be “contained” and […]

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BAY CREATURES: SEA NETTLES

BAY CREATURES: SEA NETTLES By Hank S. Parker             Admit it. You won’t take a dip in the Chesapeake Bay after mid-June. Not because of rampaging jet skiers, pollution-spawned flesh-eating bacteria or errant sharks. All scary enough, if remote risks. Your real fear is of getting stung by the Bay’s most loathsome creature: the sea […]

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The World is Your Oyster

The World is Your Oyster If the saying “The world is your oyster” means you are getting everything you want from life, what happens when the health and existence of oysters is endangered? It means the natural balance of organisms living within the Chesapeake Bay and the countless people who rely on it for their […]

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Bay Creatures: The American Oyster

OutLook for the Bay   Last Words BAY CREATURES: THE AMERICAN OYSTER It’s hard to explain our hunger for oysters. How could we possibly crave something that looks as though it was dredged from the depths of a spittoon? The first person to sample an oyster must have been uncommonly brave—or famished.           But humans have […]

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The Buzz on the Bay’s Bees

The Buzz on the Bay’s Bees By Edree Hovey The quiet buzz of bees can be counted on to fill the air of our warm, lazy days of summer. It’s a comforting sound that we hope will be part of our world for generations to come. But if the die-off continues at its current rate, […]

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Know Your Estuary

Know Your Estuary By Henry S. Parker The best way to know an estuary is to get in it. Not on it, over it, or safely by its side. Don a bathing suit, T-shirt and stout, well-tied sneakers that the sucking mud won’t pull off. Then wade in. Bring a face mask and be ready […]

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