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Bernie Fowler invented and hosted the annual Patuxent River Wade-In, an informal index used to measure the health of the river by wading in with a pair of white sneakers and measuring how deep you could walk out before losing sight of your shoes.
Shellfish aquaculture biologist Imani Black is the founder and president of Minorities in Aquaculture, a nonprofit that seeks to create a more diverse aquaculture industry.
As the current superintendent of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Deanna Mitchell is dedicated to ensuring that the rich history of the Eastern Shore is not forgotten, and that the African American heritage of the region is not only recorded, but also cherished.
Read about how Tig Tilinghast, a frequent visitor to the Fones Cliffs area on the Rappahannock River, was able to capture an amazing and beautiful photograph of a bobcat.
The Piscataway Conoy Tribe originated in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region. Piscataway means, “The people where the rivers blend.” Conoy is synonymous with the word Piscataway.
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.
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.
James Piper Bond is president and CEO of Living Classrooms Foundation, a Baltimore- Washington, DC-based nonprofit that disrupts the cycle of poverty and makes our community safer, stronger, and healthier by meeting individuals where they are and giving them skills for life.
Heather North Lockwood is the Virginia Oyster Restoration Specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Connor Tupponce, 19, is a citizen of the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe of King William, Virginia and is a member of the Chickahominy Indian Tribe of Charles City. Connor also serves as a Tribal Youth Representative, traveling to Washington, D.C. to educate youth about the policy side of being native.
As former executive director of Baltimore Tree Trust (BTT), Mark Conway ran a non-profit committed to restoring the city's urban forest and making Baltimore a healthier and more beautiful place to live, through increased tree plantings, community engagement, and advocacy.
Alonso Abugattas is a well-known local naturalist, environmental educator and storyteller in the Washington, DC area. He is currently the Natural Resources Manager for Arlington County Parks, VA and is the long-time co-chair for the Chesapeake Region 2 (Mid-Atlantic region) of the National Association for Interpretation.
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