Chesapeake Bay http://wvtf.org en Meet the Osprey http://wvtf.org/post/meet-osprey <p></p><p>One sign of spring is the return of ospreys from their winter grounds in South America to their home on the Chesapeake Bay.&nbsp; Some of the birds are now on their way to Virginia.</p><p></p><p>The 2,200 mile trip takes about two weeks for the osprey, also called fish hawks.&nbsp; The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been tracking four birds for nearly a year-since they last arrived on the Bay.&nbsp; Spokesman John Rodenhausen says Woody and Nick are already on their way back; the other two birds have yet to begin their trip.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:59:21 +0000 Beverly Amsler 18992 at http://wvtf.org Meet the Osprey Chesapeake Bay Does the Teaching http://wvtf.org/post/chesapeake-bay-does-teaching <p></p><p>Teachers from New York to West Virginia are taking their classrooms to a remote island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Students get hands-on environmental learning while experiencing some Lord of the Flies moments.</p><p>Eighteen seventh graders from rural Virginia are dredging for oysters on a windy, cold day. A few are seasick but when the oysters are hauled up they rise to the occasion.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:21:31 +0000 Pamela D'Angelo 18467 at http://wvtf.org Chesapeake Bay Does the Teaching Protecting Virginia's Coastal Wilderness http://wvtf.org/post/protecting-virginias-coastal-wilderness <p>Virginia’s Eastern Shore… a narrow finger of land separating the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean… is the longest expanse of coastal wilderness left on the eastern seaboard.</p><p>Scientists have been working to restore the unique ecosystem of the area - especially its 23 barrier islands: dynamic, shifting land masses that buffer the mainland from storms… and provide a home for sea grasses, birds and shellfish.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:26:05 +0000 Rebecca Sheir 18420 at http://wvtf.org Protecting Virginia's Coastal Wilderness Vanishing Way of Life on the Eastern Shore http://wvtf.org/post/vanishing-way-life-eastern-shore <p>Much is made of Maryland's Eastern Shore... but what about our own Eastern Shore, right here in Virginia?</p><p>As Rebecca Sheir&nbsp; tells us, the area has a rich and storied past... especially when it comes to a special chain of islands between the Virginia peninsula and the Atlantic Ocean.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:36:25 +0000 Rebecca Sheir 18395 at http://wvtf.org Vanishing Way of Life on the Eastern Shore Fight Over Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up http://wvtf.org/post/fight-over-chesapeake-bay-clean <p>Two major lobbyists – the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Fertilizer Institute -- have some new allies in their legal fight against a plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, and environmentalists here are furious.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:03:29 +0000 Sandy Hausman 16805 at http://wvtf.org Fight Over Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up