About the Bay

Learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed with maps and information on wildlife, issues impacting the Bay's health, and more.

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    Isabelle Gholl

    State of the Bay Report

    Since 1998, CBF's State of the Bay report has been tracking the health of the Chesapeake Bay and providing insight into the progress—or lack thereof—being made.

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    Jon McRay

    Explore the Bay

    Explore Bay-related stories, videos, podcasts, interactive activities, and more. You can even download Bay photo backgrounds for digital use.

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    Explore our Map Portal to learn more about the Bay and its watershed, what issues are facing the Bay and its communities, and what CBF is doing about it.

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    Morgan Jones/CBF Staff


    The Chesapeake is home to more than 3,000 species of plants and animals, including 348 species of finfish, 173 species of shellfish, and roughly 30 species of waterfowl. Discover some of the rich, extraordinary wildlife that make this place so special.

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    Octavio Aburto/iLCP


    The Chesapeake Bay provides food, water, cover, and nesting or nursery areas to more than 3,000 migratory and resident wildlife species.

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    Krista Schlyer/iLCP


    The Chesapeake Bay watershed supports numerous types of plants, including underwater grasses, plants in tidal wetlands, and plants in nontidal wetlands.

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The Bay Needs You

The State of the Bay Report makes it clear that the Bay needs our support now more than ever. Your donation helps the Chesapeake Bay Foundation maintain our momentum toward a restored Bay, rivers, and streams for today and generations to come.

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Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay.

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