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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Influencing Our Elected Officials: How to Amplify Your Voice

October 21, 2020
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Following up on September’s How does Virginia Protect its Waterways? webinar, we will explore proven techniques to make the most of your advocacy efforts in Virginia. You’ll learn why some activities are more successful than others (hint: it’s the story not the stat!). We’ll discuss why some letters-to-the-editor get published over others, as well as when to meet with your legislator and how to prepare for the meeting. We will examine the full spectrum of ways you can influence your legislators to support clean water initiatives, from petitions and phone calls to in-office visits and social media posts, and show how to be an effective advocate, even with limited time.

This webinar 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.
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CBF Online Watershed Learning (OWL) Premiere: Fish Adaptations

October 28, 2020
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Join us for the webinar premiere of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Online Watershed Learning (OWL) program! Experience how CBF brings environmental education to life for students through our newly launched CBF OWL program.

It’s Rocktober and the rockfish are living it up in the Chesapeake Bay! Did you know they are always dressed for a good swim party? Their stripes and pointy fins are fashion with a purpose. A purpose with a distinct connection to surviving and thriving in our local waterways. Join CBF’s Education department for an engaging Online Watershed Learning (OWL) program to explore fish adaptations in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.
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American Indian Tribes of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay

November 10, 2020
6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Chesapeake Bay region is steeped in the history of its indigenous tribes. Considering the essential role American Indians have played in the Chesapeake Bay, the importance of understanding that history cannot be overstated. 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. At this webinar, we will speak with some the leaders of three local tribes about their perspectives on current Chesapeake Bay issues.
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  • 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.

  • Regulatory Rollbacks: Undermining Bay Restoration

    Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Federal Office for a discussion of environmental rollbacks and how they affect the Bay and communities within the watershed.

  • 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.

  • Environmental Impact Bond Webinar

    CBF held a webinar in March 2018 to introduce our Green Infrastructure and Environmental Impact Bonds project.

  • The Moment in Time for the Chesapeake Bay Webinar

    Harry Campbell, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Senior Scientist, discusses the state of the Bay and Pennsylvania streams, and what CBF is doing to protect and restore our waters.

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