Bringing the Bay Home: Spring and Osprey

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Birds like osprey rely almost exclusively on fish and build their nests close to water.

Bill Portlock / CBF Staff

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This week's rains have brought about a burst of blooming tulips and dogwoods in my neighborhood—a welcome sight in the midst of so much unease in the world. And while my neighbors' faces are now mostly covered by masks or bandanas, I can tell (or at least I hope), that they too are feeling this optimistic burst of life.

This week we’ve been embracing spring—and everything this season of rebirth represents. Before the stay-at-home mandates, we visited with John Page Williams, a familiar, comforting face (and voice) to many. This long-standing friend of the Bay and former senior naturalist at CBF talked with us from his new home along the James River about the Bay coming back to life this time of year as well as the return of the osprey. Take a look at these and other stories on our new Bringing the Bay Home webpage.

In the third set of prompts in our Nature Journaling series, we challenged students to document springtime observations in their own backyard: What do they see, hear, smell, taste? Meanwhile, our educators have been hard at work crafting investigations and videos to help keep students engaged and learning at home. We’ve loved hearing from many of you who are already using these lessons, including a middle school teacher all the way out in Oregon! Stay tuned for more.

Thank you for standing with us in these difficult times, now and always. And please enjoy this week's Bay stories and resources while you’re soaking in that late afternoon sun that stretches out a bit longer each day now. Be safe, healthy, and well.

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