• Cormorants

    April 1, 2014

    Long a symbol of bad luck and evil in Western literature and myth, cormorants have been persecuted and slaughtered by fishermen and governments.

  • Tundra Swans

    April 1, 2013

    The number of tundra swans wintering in the Chesapeake Bay is dwindling. Find out why.

  • Osprey Feel the Heat

    April 1, 2012

    Osprey are an iconic part of the Chesapeake Bay. Their epic migration from South America to the Chesapeake Bay mark the seasons, with their return in March a traditional sign of spring.

  • Loon

    January 1, 2012

    Loons visit the Chesapeake in the fall and spring, but may avoid the Bay if they can't find enough menhaden to eat.

  • Cownose Ray

    October 1, 2011

    Advocates of expanded oyster aquaculture argue Cownose Rays are major obstacles to the industry. Scientists worry that killing rays to save oysters goes too far.

  • Atlantic Sturgeon: Last Refuge of the Dinosaur Fish That Saved America

    July 1, 2011

  • Northern Green Frog

    October 1, 2009

    The northern green frog is one of the Chesapeake Bay region's most common amphibians.

  • Terrapins

    April 1, 2009

    Terrapins are the only turtle species in North America that adapted to the brackish mixture of fresh and salt water found in the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Pelicans

    July 1, 2008

    To most Chesapeake Bay residents, the brown pelican’s outsized beak is just another comical trait of this popular but gawky bird.

  • Lined Seahorse

    Habitat for seahorses is disappearing, as the eelgrass they need for shelter in the Chesapeake Bay is killed by pollution and climate change.

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