Photos of the Month: August

Photo of the Month: August

The sunset reflects off tidal ponds of the Chesapeake Bay.

Mathews County, Virginia, hours after a huge storm washed over much of the coastal areas. It's rare I get to see the setting sun light up the undersides of such beautiful clouds.

Bob Diller

The dog days of summer are officially behind us, but we're still enjoying some of the amazing images taken last month! Take a look at some of the highlights below from us, our partners, and supporters!

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See those little things flying off the Patricia Campbell? They're baby oysters! These juvenile oysters, known as spat on shell, were set on recycled shells earlier this month at CBF's Maryland Oyster Restoration Center in Shady Side and then after their little flying lesson, will settle on the granite-based reef next to Fort Carroll, just south of the Baltimore Harbor. These oysters will grow and once they've matured to adulthood, will be able to filter up to 50 gallons of water a day! Not to mention oyster reefs provide habitat to crabs, fish, and other marine life. Join us in welcoming the Patpasco River's 3.4 million new residents! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ“ท: AJ Metcalf

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It’s apparently #nationaloysterday. Normally I have no photos for any kind of national anything day because I just can’t plan for that stuff. But today I actually have a couple photos to share! We’re lucky enough to live in a place where we can get fresh oysters that have been harvested right behind our house! About once a week, my husband will stop by @docksideva and grab a massive pile of local oysters, Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, and fresh shrimp harvested in North Carolina but never frozen. Once we’re done with our feast, the boys walk with us over to the @chesapeakebayfoundation to recycle our shells! Thanks to their efforts, the oyster population here is growing and thriving again. And you may not realize it, but oysters are incredibly nutritious for humans!

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#NationalHoneyBeeDay couldn't have come at a more perfect time because yesterday... WE GOT BEES! ๐Ÿ With the help of @hannonarmstrong, @bestbees came out to our Annapolis headquarters and installed a hive of Italian honey bees! Here are some fun facts about our new Philip Merrill Environmental Center residents; ๐Ÿ Italian honey bees are very docile. ๐Ÿ They fly no more than 5 feet from the hive before flying upwards and onwards to pollinate. ๐Ÿ The bee hive holds one queen and can mature up to 80,000 honey bees in just one box. ๐Ÿ One bee hive will produce between 4-5 lbs. of honey annually. ๐Ÿ”Š Also make sure sound is on for the video to hear a solid bee joke

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Duck blinds have the best views. Prove me wrong.

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In a huge win for the Potomac, the Bay, and wildlife, the Maryland Department of the Environment announced it is denying permits for a large solar energy project in Charles County that would have clear-cut 240 acres of dense forest along a high-quality, environmentally sensitive stream—Ward's Run! Thick forests composed of diverse plants are among the best water filters on earth. The trees store carbon in their trunks, branches, and roots, which prevents carbon dioxide from reaching the atmosphere and hastening climate change. “We hope Maryland’s decision today will set a precedent that ensures we don’t have to choose between renewable energy and clean water. Georgetown University’s efforts to expand their use of solar energy is admirable, but clean energy should never require clearing high quality forests. We applaud the Department of the Environment’s decision to deny the permits.” Thank you to MDE and to everyone who took action against this project! ๐Ÿ“ท: Joe Halpin

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