CBF Webinars

Timely, science-based virtual events that delight and inform.

From freshwater mussels to microplastics, from trees in urban environments to dolphins in the Bay—there's always something new to explore and learn about in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Whether it's a connection between critters and habitat that we weren’t aware of, a research paper that changes our thinking, or an innovative technology or practice that shows promise for promoting cleaner water, CBF experts (and sometimes special guests!) are bringing exciting Bay topics directly to you.

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Upcoming Webinars

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Recorded Webinars

  • Virginia General Assembly 2024 Preview

    The Virginia General Assembly is gearing up for another fast-paced legislative session, and CBF staff are preparing to work on key initiatives that will benefit water quality for all Virginians.

  • Why Virginia Should Ban Toxic Pavement Sealants

    Toxic pavement sealants are used to protect asphalt and are applied to streets, driveways, and playgrounds. Unfortunately, these pavement sealants are toxic, containing about 1,000 times more PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) than asphalt-based sealants. Hear our speakers describe the harm done by PAHs, what cost-effective alternatives exist, and why CBF will be working on this issue during the 2024 General Assembly session.

  • Defending Virginia's Wetlands

    In this webinar we look at the value of wetlands, the protections they receive in Virginia, and why these protections are at risk.

  • We're All in Hot Water

    In this webinar, CBF Senior Scientist Doug Meyers and Seth Coffman of Trout Unlimited discuss what's driving water temperatures upward and the ecological implications for the watershed.

  • 2022 State of the Bay Webinar

    Join CBF for an explanation of the science behind the 2022 State of the Bay report and how CBF plans to move forward.

  • Trekking to the Polls Webinar

    In this webinar, we explore how one of the most powerful ways you can make your voice heard is through voting.

  • Bay Restoration from A Local Government Perspective

    Join CBF's Richmond, Virginia office for an online conversation with four local government leaders from across Virginia to gain insight on how your local leaders—city council, supervisors, and staff—can help protect and improve the health of our streams and the Chesapeake Bay. During this webinar, you'll gain information and skills for engaging with your local leaders on issues important to you.

  • Green Practices for Clean Water

    What do living shorelines, pollinator gardens, and green roofs have in common? They are all practices that can improve water quality, increase the value of your home, and can be partially paid for by the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)

  • Creating a Backyard Buffet for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies

    As more forests and pastures become subdivisions, we are losing critical habitat for birds, bees, and other pollinators. Dwindling bird populations are tied to this habitat loss. Your yard can be an oasis, a rest area for birds, bees, and butterflies to fuel up and raise their young. Few of us have a blank slate to work with, so this webinar takes you through practical steps of assessing your yard, prioritizing changes, and planting with a purpose.

  • Creating a Backyard Buffet for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies

    Your yard can be an oasis, a rest area for birds, bees, and butterflies to fuel up and raise their young. Few of us have a blank slate to work with, so this webinar takes you through practical steps of assessing your yard, prioritizing changes, and planting with a purpose in the Chesapeake Bay region.

  • Charting the Course for Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass

    Join fisheries experts from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, American Sportfishing Association, Maryland Fisheries, and the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland as we discuss top priorities for the next phase of Chesapeake Bay striped bass management and what you can do to help ensure these fish are available for all to enjoy for generations to come.

  • Finishing the Job: 2020 State of the Bay Report Explained

    Join CBF President Will Baker, Director of Science & Agriculture Policy Beth McGee, PhD, and Senior Ecosystem Scientist Chris Moore as they explain the science behind the 2020 State of the Bay report and how CBF plans to move forward.

  • The Bay Act: Current, Past, and Future

    Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, known as the "Bay Act," was enacted more than 30 years ago to curb nutrient and sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay through sound land-use practices that minimize the disturbance and development of environmentally-sensitive coastal areas. Proposed new regulations under the Bay Act are being fleshed out right now to encourage and promote the preservation and planting of trees, as well as adaptation to sea-level rise and climate change impacts. Learn more about the history and future of the Bay Act, and how you can support further shoreline protection and improved water quality.

  • Conserving and Restoring Virginia's Tree Canopy

    Join us for a look at the latest science on the benefits trees provide, from reducing stormwater runoff and flooding to cooling our neighborhoods and reducing heat-related hospital visits. You’ll learn how you can get involved at both the state and local level to preserve your local tree canopy and advocate for stronger protections during the development process.

  • Maryland Tax Smart Giving

    Are you interested in making every dollar count when managing your philanthropy? Join CBF as we host a discussion with financial experts from the Maryland area to explore the benefits of giving through donor advised funds (DAFs), IRAs, wills, and more.

  • American Indian Tribes of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay

    Today, there are tens of thousands of people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia who identify as American Indian. In this webinar, we speak with some the leaders of four local tribes about their perspectives on current Chesapeake Bay issues.

  • Before the Bulldozers

    Have you ever felt blindsided by a new development in your community? Find out how you can get involved in planning and development decisions BEFORE the bulldozers show up. Learn how to influence decision-makers and advocate for environmentally friendly development with CBF's Land Use Planner, Erik Fisher.

  • Influencing Our Elected Officials: How to Amplify Your Voice

    This webinar explore's proven techniques to make the most of your advocacy efforts in Virginia. It is timed to provide you with new ideas and sharpen your skills in advance of the 2021 General Assembly session. Whether you are brand new to citizen lobbying or a seasoned advocate, we aim to provide a fresh, contextual look at how all Virginians can make a difference in the new year.

  • How Nature Alleviates Flooding

    During this webinar, Virginia state and local leaders discuss details about green infrastructure practices that emulate the natural environment. We also discuss resiliency strategies to address the increasing challenges that we face with climate change and flooding.

  • Save the Bay with Sustainable Lawn Care: A Glenstone Museum Example

    Are you ready to elevate your lawn to the next level and help save the Bay? Fall is the best time of year to take crucial next steps to enhance your lawn and your local waterways.

  • How Virginia Protects its Waterways

    How are laws developed and passed in the Virginia General Assembly? What is the difference between state code, regulation and guidance? What does the Virginia constitution say about water quality? And how do these moving parts come together to help protect and restore our Chesapeake Bay?

  • Farming for Clean Water

    Join us to learn more about the connection between agriculture and clean water—and how you can support the effort.

  • Clean Water is a Right: Equity and Environmental Justice Around the Bay

    Join CBF and a panel of elected leaders and community advocates for perspectives on recent environmental justice victories around the Bay watershed. We also discuss where this critical conversation needs to go in the coming years.

  • The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint: A Model to Reduce Global Dead Zones?

    Learn how the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint—a multi-state effort to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus entering the Chesapeake Bay—is affecting the dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay and restoring the health of this once incredibly productive estuary.

  • Chicken Litter: The Sky is Falling!

    Join us for this month's virtual Brock Environmental Center Learning Series as we explore the very important but relatively unknown pollution issues resulting from the Chesapeake Bay watershed-wide poultry industry.

  • Moving Forward: The Blueprint and Your Impact

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker addresses our progress in this special webinar. He discusses where CBF is currently, where we are going, and how we are innovating to meet the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint's goal by 2025.

  • Dolphin Watch: Tracking Dolphins in the Bay

    Fandel, Research Analyst with the Chesapeake Biological Lab has been investigating dolphin behavior as part of conservation efforts across the U.S. since 2012. Join us as she shares where and when dolphins are being sighted and how you can help track their progress up the Bay.

  • The Bounty of the Bay

    In this webinar we explore the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay from shellfish aquaculture to the iconic blue crab fishery. Guests include watermen who participate in the Chesapeake Bay seafood fisheries, plus presentations by CBF staff including Audrey Swanenberg who coordinates the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance, and Chris Moore who manages fisheries policy in Virginia.

  • Plastics and Microplastics: An Emerging Global Issue

    Join us for for a discussion on plastics, microplastics, and their environmental impact. Part of CBF's "Making Waves" webinar series.

  • Birds on the Bay

    We are seeing and hearing more from our feathered friends during this time of stillness. But did you know that birds are also indicators for clean water?

  • Blue Crabs: Claw and Order Webinar

    CBF experts discuss the latest information about the Chesapeake's blue crabs.

  • Offshore Drilling? Not In My Bay!

    This month's Brock Environmental Center Learning Series takes a look at the controversial topic of offshore drilling along the Atlantic Coast and potential impacts to Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, wildlife, and more.

  • Climate Change: A Scientist and a Lawyer Walk into a Webinar

    Climate change is causing dire problems, such as sea level rise and negative impacts to fish and underwater grass populations. What is the science behind these challenges? What actions are we taking to reduce these impacts? Or conversely… What actions are we taking to reverse proposed rules that could worsen these issues? Join CBF's senior legal and science experts to delve into these questions and more.

  • Clean Water Grows on Trees

    Trees cleanse the air and provide shade in the summer. But did you know that trees are a crucial part of cleaning up local rivers and streams?

  • Discovering the Secrets of Freshwater Mussels

    Prepare to be amazed at the lifecycle, survival strategies, and filtering capacity of mussels.

  • Oyster Farming on the Bay

    Meet an economist who contributed to a recent report on aquaculture and hear directly from an oyster farmer about how he and others have been dealing with the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Dolphins in the Bay!

    Why are dolphins visiting the Bay and what does it mean for the Bay? Join CBF experts as we answer these questions and many more!

  • Throwing Shade: Heat Islands, Public Health, and Clean Water

    Cities are full of asphalt, roads, and brick whose hard, dark surfaces absorb the sun's heat, making cities hot—referred to as the "heat island" effect. But there are ways to improve the health of city residents by "throwing shade." Part of CBF's "Making Waves" webinar series.

  • Forests on the Water

    Forested buffers—stretches of native trees, shrubs, and plants along streams and rivers—keep our waterways clean and healthy. This webinar looks at new options for expanding these critical resources in Virginia. Part of CBF's "Making Waves" webinar series.

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