John Page Williams

Senior Naturalist

John Page Williams, CBF's Senior Naturalist, examines a clump of oysters.

John Page Williams is CBF's Senior Naturalist. He joined the CBF staff in 1973 because he has been fish-obsessed since he was four years old. Nobody told him this work would turn into a study of constitutional law, municipal finance, and most of all, human behavior.

He's still fascinated by all the challenges involved in saving the Bay, and he still learns something every day that he's on the water.


John Page's Posts

  • This Month on the Bay: Getting Outside in December

    December 19, 2017

    There’s a piece of beach in front of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s headquarters where an East wind pushes waves onto a sand bar. In the Fall of the year, those waves concentrate baitfish.

  • This Month on the Bay: Leaf Peeping from the Water in October

    October 30, 2017

    Chase the colors of autumn on the waterways of the Chesapeake. With colors ranging from yellow through flaming red to deep purple, the best Mid-Atlantic leaf peeping is from the water.

  • Menhaden Monikers

    October 12, 2017

    "Some people call 'em bunkers, some people call 'em pogies, some people menhaden; they're all the same fish."

  • Atlantic Menhaden Need More Protection

    September 20, 2017

    We are all bound together in a mind-bogglingly complex web of life, in which what happens to one species affects multiple others. Yet up to now, we have governed many of our natural resources in a vacuum called single-species management.

  • Locust Blooms and Other Springtime Delights

    May 30, 2017

    Between soft crab sandwiches and memorable days on the water, there is much to celebrate in the first peeler run. If we want to keep these runs strong, though, we're going to have to manage our harvests carefully and continue the struggle to restore their underwater grass habitats and the dissolved oxygen they need to keep growing.

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