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Top Ten Places for Winter Forest Birding in Maryland

by Jessica Hammond December 13, 2019

Winter is now solidly upon the Chesapeake, and while the colder temperatures can make it tempting to stay indoors, this is also a great time of year to find some new birding spots in and around the Chesapeake.  Many species migrate through or overwinter in our region, and while waterfowl and shorebirds often catch the spotlight of the winter visitors, we are focusing on highlighting species and locations in Maryland where…

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Six Great Places to Go Camping in Virginia This Fall

by Kenny Fletcher October 3, 2019

Autumn is the perfect time of year to go camping in Virginia. The hot humid summer air is gone, replaced by clear breezes and golden sunlight. The days are made for walking through the forest and paddling along creeks. At night it’s great campfire weather. Biting insects such as mosquitos are scarce – as are the summer crowds.

A quick camping trip is easy to pull off no matter where you are in…

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Instagrammable places in the Chesapeake Watershed

by Kelsey Everett July 11, 2019

Mallows Bay
Nanjemoy, MD

Located in the Potomac River south of Washington, D.C., Mallows Bay is a ship graveyard that is known as the “largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere.” This diverse collection of historic shipwrecks totals nearly 200 known vessels dating back to the Revolutionary War and World War I. As nature generally does when left undisturbed, it has reclaimed the ships and created a sanctuary for flora and fauna. Ospreys and eagles…

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Historic Architecture in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Marvelous Examples of Bygone Eras

by Debbie Brown Driscoll April 23, 2019

In the greater Chesapeake Bay area, we are fortunate to have excellent examples of 17th and 18th century architecture to enjoy within an easy daytrip’s distance. Here, we’re featuring nine examples most representative of the times and styles of our region.

However – before you read further – a little background information on the dominant architectural styles may be of help.

Georgian Architecture – William Brown House, Hampton Mansion, Stratford Hall Plantation, Montpelier, Carlyle House…

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Five Spots in Virginia for Young Kids to Discover the Outdoors

by Kenny Fletcher March 26, 2019

Spending time outdoors is one of the best ways to connect with kids five and under. On weekend outings with our toddler son, my wife and I often go at a snail’s pace, exploring the forest and collecting acorns and leaves. It’s a chance for us to come together as a family, and the perfect breather after a busy work week.

The many benefits of spending time outside include better health, lower stress,…

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Top Places for Finding Spring Wildflowers

by Pat Pasley March 18, 2019

For those of us living in the Chesapeake Watershed, the high-pitched, whistling voices of osprey returning and the appearance of delicate wildflowers are familiar harbingers of spring. The wildflowers rush to take center stage before the warmer temperatures produce the wild profusion of summer vegetation that will soon block their moment in the sun. But their appearance is fleeting – hence the term “spring emphemerals” to describe them – and elusive.

From a botanical standpoint…

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