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Featured Tips This Week

Looking for something fun to do while stuck inside? Learn some tips for virtual trips around the Chesapeake.

September 21, 2020

Top Places For

Where and When to Catch the Bay’s Fall Bird Migration

The Atlantic Flyway is basically an avian superhighway, a feathered turnpike if you will, for hundreds of species with exits and entrances and plenty of rest stops in between. There is no bad season for birding on the Chesapeake, but fall is wondrous if you are into a wide variety of migrating birds.

September 22, 2020

Suggested Trip

Still Waters Run Deep at Seneca Slackwater

". . . I took some time to appreciate the shallow, rocky downstream sights on the Potomac juxtaposed with the clear, open-water upstream section that forms Seneca Slackwater. The dam, streams, islands, wildlife, clear water, and historical sites all come together to make this a truly magical place to paddle."

September 9, 2020

From the Field

Summer Explorations - Douglas Point Natural Area

Douglas Point’s appeal definitely lies in being off the beaten path! After some background research, we took a trip down to enjoy a socially-distant beach day in 90 degree weather.

September 8, 2020

Chesapeake Insider

Debra Martin

Pamunkey Indian artist Debra Martin is the assistant director at the Pamunkey Indian Museum. Debra serves as a councilperson with the tribal government and resides on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation in King William, Virginia.

September 2, 2020

Suggested Trip

High Tide and Exotic Blooms

This 7.1-mile paddling route is one of the more interesting ones in the Washington, D.C. area. It is suitable for many skill levels and adaptable in that one can reduce the paddling distance down to 2.6 miles by just sticking to the Anacostia River and visiting the Kenilworth Gardens.

August 25, 2020

Featured Photo

Exploring a Brown Pelican Rookery

Jody Couser, senior vice president of communications at Chesapeake Conservancy, recently caught up with Mike Weiss, a photojournalist.

August 18, 2020

Suggested Trip

Fields of Sunshine at McKee-Beshers WMA

In mid-summer the main attraction at McKee-Beshers WMA is the jaw-dropping sight of sprawling fields of sunflowers that burst into bloom in late July through early August.

August 12, 2020

Suggested Trip

Exploring An Urban Green Space

After paddling at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve and then spending the afternoon just 2.5 miles north in Alexandria, Virginia, I experienced firsthand how the natural beauty of Dyke Marsh serves as an urban green space for the densely populated Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia areas.

August 4, 2020

Chesapeake Insider

Ethan Brown

Ethan Brown is a citizen of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe. He has resided on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation, located along the border of King William, Virginia, for about thirteen years.

July 29, 2020

Family Fun

The Patuxent Challenge – Challenge Accepted!

The Challenge encourages people to get out and explore the areas around the Patuxent River, which was designated in 1968 as one of Maryland’s most scenic rivers.

July 13, 2020


How to Canoe With Young Kids

Paddling a canoe can be an amazing time for a family with young kids. Canoes are roomy, comfortable, and relatively stable – yet still quiet and agile enough to get close to nature. When done right, it’s a great family bonding experience.

July 1, 2020

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