Summer is a time of discovery. Did you know Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, an endangered bird in Pennsylvania, are nesting in downtown Harrisburg near the Susquehanna River? Or that Baltimore recently completed a major water infrastructure upgrade that will help prevent millions of gallons of sewage from flowing into the city's harbor and the Chesapeake Bay? To help kids get outside and discover the Bay—even in the heart of the watershed's cities—check out the TV series Backyard Bay Savers, created through a collaboration between CBF and VPM, Virginia's home for public media. And get inspired by scenes of all the oysters and other cool critters students encountered while learning at the innovative new Macon and Joan Brock Classroom at CBF's Brock Environmental Center. Finally, our news wrap-up includes stories about oyster harvests and the expansion of our oyster gardening program in Virginia.
Herons in Harrisburg
Endangered Yellow-crowned Night-Herons are finding unexpected refuge in urban neighborhoods—including in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's capital city. The nests of these crayfish-loving wading birds grace the trees near the capital building, not far from the Susquehanna River. Adults will return to the same nest tree for decades, and some trees have hosted six or more nests.
VIDEO: Backyard Bay Savers
CBF and VPM, Virginia's home for public media, teamed up to produce the TV series Backyard Bay Savers for kids in the watershed. Check out video excerpts from our Bay Savers in the City episode to learn about oysters in Baltimore Harbor, how we know trees and plants help absorb polluted runoff from storms, and more.
My Oyster Teacher
Imagine if students had hands-on experience with nature nearly every day—from baby terrapin turtles to oysters and harbor seals. In Virginia Beach, high schoolers are doing just that, where the new Macon and Joan Brock Classroom at CBF's Brock Environmental Center is home base for juniors and seniors in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Environmental Studies Program.
After years of advocacy, a major upgrade at Baltimore's Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant will help prevent millions of gallons of sewage from flowing into Baltimore Harbor and the Bay. The upgrades are expected to eliminate more than 80 percent of the volume of sewage that previously overflowed from the city's aged sewer system. We will continue to monitor the project and ensure it works as city officials expect.
VIDEO: Around the Bay in 60 Seconds
In this month's news wrap-up, we cover federal funding requests for water restoration in Pennsylvania, a new tree initiative that will help protect the Eastern Shore from climate change, Maryland's move to loosen the wild oyster harvest, the expanded oyster gardening program in Virginia, and more.
What You Can Do
- Bands in the Sand is back! VIP and Committee tickets are on sale now, and General Admission tickets go on sale July 28.
- From fishing tournaments to oyster shell shaking, check out our volunteer opportunities and events across the watershed.
- Sign our pledge and stand with us as we continue our fight to save the watershed's trees.
- Save the Bay year-round as a Chesapeake Guardian. Right now, when you make a monthly gift of $15 or more, we will send you a limited-edition CBF Bluetooth speaker.