Codi Yeager

Senior Writer

Codi Yeager

Codi Yeager lives in Annapolis and serves as CBF's Senior Writer. She grew up in northern Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan and believes most good things in life happen near the water.

After earning a degree in journalism and biology at West Virginia University, she nearly became a botanist. But she decided she liked writing about science (and talking with cool science people) even better than studying it. Her subsequent work as an environmental reporter took her all over the country, from the Alaskan Arctic to the prairies of North Dakota to the Mojave Desert.

Outside of work, she's happy to do any activity that involves strapping on hiking boots and affords plenty of opportunities to take pictures of plants.

Codi's Posts

  • Everybody’s Fish: Striped Bass on the Move

    July 5, 2024

    Their impressive annual migrations from estuarine nurseries to summer ocean feeding grounds make striped bass a cultural icon along the Atlantic Coast. But with populations struggling, the fish need many helping hands along the way.

  • Portrait of a Watershed

    May 20, 2024

    At any given moment, a seemingly endless number of variables are interacting across our 64,000-square-mile watershed. Scientists and researchers use two primary tools to paint a picture of the Bay, its rivers and streams, and the progress being made to restore them.

  • An Uncertain Nursery

    May 13, 2024

    The Chesapeake Bay is a famed spawning ground for Atlantic striped bass. But changeable—and changing—conditions are likely contributing to the species’ troubles.

  • Secrets of the Striper

    March 6, 2024

    As pressures mount for striped bass, scientists are broadening the window on the hidden lives of these celebrated fish—while managers race to save them.

  • Hope on the Half Shell

    February 22, 2024

    The Chesapeake Bay is now home to the world’s largest oyster reef restoration projects—and they’re showing incredible success. What comes next?

  • Little Pieces of Life, Green, and Community

    November 9, 2023

    In building local food systems that support community and environmental wellbeing, small and urban farms have an outsized impact.

  • What Would a Dream Food System Look Like?

    October 23, 2023

    CBF's Clagett Farm Vegetable Production Manager Jared Planz discusses the value of eating local.

  • Watershed Out of Balance: How Industrial Agriculture Tips the Scales

    October 20, 2023

    With intensifying livestock production in places like the Eastern Shore of Maryland, many are finding that conservation practices can’t keep up with pollution.

  • Tackling Pollution Hotspots

    October 18, 2023

    CBF’s Brian Gish discusses the pollution challenges in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County and the best way to approach them.

  • Healing the Headwaters

    October 16, 2023

    How the James River Buffer Program has revolutionized the planting of valuable, pollution-reducing streamside forested buffers.

  • Warming Waters Bring a Storm of Challenges to the Bay

    September 26, 2023

    Rising water temperatures are reshaping the watershed and require restoration that takes climate change into account. Here are five things you should know.

  • Will Wildfire Smoke Impact the Chesapeake Bay?

    June 8, 2023

    If you live in the northern regions of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, you’ve likely noticed unusually hazy skies obscuring the sun this week caused by massive wildfires in Canada.

  • Learning to Think Like a Watershed

    May 22, 2023

    By forging human connections, watershed communities uncover the environmental connections that bind them to each other and their waterways.

  • “We Haven’t Learned to Be Silent Yet”

    May 19, 2023

    CBF student leaders take action for their communities, their watershed, and their world.

  • The Quest for Environmental Literacy

    May 17, 2023

    The benefits of outdoor education to students and society are backed by a growing body of evidence. But achieving widespread access depends on supporting innovation and removing barriers for teachers and schools.

  • Evolution of a Floating Classroom

    May 15, 2023

    The immersive experience of a day out on the water has been at the heart of CBF's environmental education program since it began in 1973. The fleet may have since evolved but the mission, and its impact on students, remains the same.

  • Bay Rockers, We Salute You

    April 19, 2023

    The brainchild of Towson High School students, the homegrown Tributary Festival melds music and passion to the tune of more than $19,000 raised to date for Bay restoration.

  • Many Questions Remain for Blue Crab Outlook

    March 22, 2023

    The season for catching Chesapeake Bay blue crabs is already underway in Virginia, and recreational crabbing will officially kick off in Maryland on April 1. Several boats have been plying the waters the past several months, however, to pursue the crustaceans not for steaming but for science.

  • Coming to Life: A Winter Day on CBF’s Clagett Farm

    February 21, 2023

    Get an inside look at how CBF's Clagett Farm team is preparing for the growing season. The farm is a place to ground-truth how holistic farm systems, often termed ‘regenerative agriculture,’ can help improve soil and water quality.

  • Five Things You Should Know from the 2022 State of the Bay Report

    January 18, 2023

    The Chesapeake Bay this month earned a D+ in CBF’s biennial report card assessing the watershed’s health. While the overall score remains unchanged from two years ago, there’s a lot going on below the surface. Here are five big takeaways.

  • Be the Change

    October 27, 2022

    For the Islamic Society of Baltimore's Green Team, caring for nature is caring for each other.

  • Roots in Rocky Soil

    October 11, 2022

    Trees, bees, and goats are all part of Tim Wagner's vision to build a farm and a community in central Pennsylvania.

  • Speaking for the Streams

    September 20, 2022

    Nancy Kelly has waded, assessed, and protected the Bay's rivers for decades.

  • Underwater Grasses: How Are They Doing?

    August 30, 2022

    Underwater grasses are a critical habitat in the Bay and its tidal rivers. We asked Dr. Beth McGee for an update on their status and what it means for the health of the Bay.

  • Tracing a River's Rage

    July 20, 2022

    Kicking off a week-long exploration of the Chesapeake Bay, students connect the dots between climate change, communities, and water quality in Ellicott City, Maryland and beyond.

  • Catching a Heat Wave

    July 18, 2022

    The Chesapeake Bay is warming. Researchers are finding out why—and what a hotter future means.

  • Pass the Salt, Please

    June 17, 2022

    Oysters like things a little salty. So, what happens when the Bay gets fresh?

  • Forest Fish

    March 9, 2022

    CBF's Brian Gish has a plan to restore habitat for brook trout in Pennsylvania.

  • Dinner and a Movie: How to Love the Bay This Valentine's Day

    February 10, 2022

    From fungi documentaries to French classics, spatchcocked chicken to oysters and mignonette, these farm films and foods pair perfectly with Chesapeake Bay-saving.

  • Natural Born Chesapeake Leader

    January 3, 2022

    Hilary Harp Falk, a proven expert in large-scale ecosystem restoration, leading organizational change, and coalition building, is CBF's next president and CEO.

  • Relentless—Part 3: The Bay's Moment

    December 15, 2021

    After securing the historic Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint—the best, and perhaps last, chance for Bay restoration—Will Baker and CBF are still pushing.

  • Relentless—Part 2: A Movement Rises

    December 14, 2021

    Will Baker takes the helm as CBF’s Executive Director—just in time to shape one of the most momentous periods in Chesapeake Bay restoration history.

  • Relentless—Part 1: The Tree

    December 13, 2021

    In 1976, a young Will Baker is working as an arborist when he’s asked to help Save the Bay and joins CBF as an intern.

  • Environmental Justice, More Than Just A Check Mark

    October 1, 2021

    Environmental justice starts in communities, not courtrooms.

  • Blue Crabs: How are They Doing?

    June 23, 2021

    Long-term, blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay are doing better than they were. But a record low number of juvenile crabs this year raises the need for caution. Chris Moore, CBF's Senior Regional Ecosystem Scientist, breaks down the numbers and what they mean.

  • Life in a Rain Garden

    June 11, 2021

    For us, it's water infrastructure. For birds and insects, it's home.

  • 5 Ways Bay Restoration Influences Your Health

    May 19, 2021

    What does water quality have to do with heart disease, stress, and memory? More than you may think!

  • 'The Greatest Opportunity': 5 Takeaways from Secretary Blinken's Climate Speech on the Chesapeake Bay

    April 21, 2021

    In a national address from CBF headquarters in Annapolis, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week called for American leadership on climate change and highlighted the Chesapeake Bay as a blueprint for innovation to lead the world forward. Here are five big takeaways from his speech.

  • In Hot Water

    April 13, 2021

    The world's oceans have absorbed more than 90 percent of the warming generated by climate change. The Bay and the species that call it home are feeling the heat.

  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission 101

    March 3, 2021

    An introduction and what you need to know about this influential fishery management body and how it affects the Chesapeake Bay and some of our favorite fish.

  • Clean Water, New Grass, and Space for Wildlife

    February 16, 2021

    Rotational grazing improves water quality and pasture quality at Funkhouser Farms in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

  • This Is the Way Small Farms Can Survive and Thrive

    February 8, 2021

    Dairy farmer Matt Bomgardner sees grazing as a way to save money and preserve family farms.

  • The Day the Ladybugs Moved In

    February 1, 2021

    On their farm in Frederick County, Maryland, MK and Andrew Barnet are working to restore the soil, the water, and the planet—all in the name of good food and good life.

  • Tenacity for Trees

    December 8, 2020

    Despite a cancelled event, Keystone 10 Million Trees partner Anne Wain found a way to plant saplings in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

  • Space to Shine

    December 2, 2020

    On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, High School Science Teacher Hemalatha Bhaskaran finds solutions in online environmental education.

  • What the Mahogany Tide Means for the Bay

    June 4, 2020

    We talk with CBF’s Maryland Senior Scientist Doug Myers to explain what's behind the rust-colored water in the mid-Bay's tidal rivers and what it means.

  • This Month on the Bay: The Dirt on Soil Health

    May 13, 2020

    What worms, a shovel, and some water can tell you about the miraculous world beneath your feet.

  • Climate Change Hits Home

    April 27, 2020

    The Chesapeake is changing. We can still save it—and the planet.

  • This Month on the Bay: Homebound Birding

    April 13, 2020

    We all may be stuck close to our nests, but webcams and windows are still aflutter as the Bay’s charismatic avian residents celebrate spring. Here’s what to look for.

  • This Month on the Bay: Tiny, Timid, Timberdoodle Dancers

    March 13, 2020

    The sun sank. The indigo evening swept in with a hush. Ears straining and flashlights ready, we waited for the timberdoodles.

  • Meeting Harriet

    February 26, 2020

    In the marshes of the Chesapeake Bay, Harriet Tubman’s story comes alive.

  • This Month on the Bay: Skunk Cabbage are the Bay’s Bouquet

    February 14, 2020

    An ode to mud puddles and odiferous plants.

  • Floods and Fees: How a Pennsylvania Town Found a Fix for Stormwater

    January 7, 2020

    By re-envisioning stormwater management as a service, Derry Township energized efforts to proactively manage, repair, and upgrade aging infrastructure, reduce chronic flooding, meet the increasing regulatory requirements of its MS4 stormwater permit, and clean up its streams.

  • Bringing the Farm to Life

    October 30, 2019

    Planting trees is part of treating the land—and cattle—right at Drager Farms in Lancaster County.

  • The Forest for the Trees

    October 18, 2019

    Forests are one of our most valuable resources in our work towards clean water. But despite their value, forests are disappearing at an alarming rate in Maryland's Anne Arundel County.

  • Follow the Filter Feeders

    August 22, 2019

    CBF student leaders headed to the nation’s capital to explore the connections between federal policy and water quality.

  • Show Me the Science: Virginia’s Refreshing Take on a Water Quality Quandary

    July 18, 2019

    Working together, researchers and policymakers created a win for the James River—and everyone else.

  • Show Me the Science: Virginia’s Refreshing Take on a Water Quality Quandary

    July 18, 2019

    Working together, researchers and policymakers created a win for the James River—and everyone else.

  • Speaking the Bay's Language

    July 11, 2019

    The waters of the Chesapeake Bay are the balm that soothes Dr. Lorelly Solano's hectic days. To help protect it, she’s sharing her passion for the environment with a new generation of immigrants and Spanish-speaking citizens on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

  • Hope Springs Eternal. So Do the Shrimp.

    April 26, 2019

    Upon meeting the Bay for the first time, I came away an optimist.

  • We give a *BLEEP* about NEPA. You should, too.

    The government’s environmental moral compass is in serious danger of getting out of whack.

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