Chesapeake Bay

Climate Change & the Chesapeake Bay

Sep 15, 2014
Jenny Dreyer

Next week the U.N. will bring experts from around the world for a climate change summit in New York. On the Chesapeake Bay scientists are looking at what a warmer bay might mean for species like the blue crab and striped bass.

Meet the Osprey

Mar 25, 2014
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

One sign of spring is the return of ospreys from their winter grounds in South America to their home on the Chesapeake Bay.  Some of the birds are now on their way to Virginia.

The 2,200 mile trip takes about two weeks for the osprey, also called fish hawks.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been tracking four birds for nearly a year-since they last arrived on the Bay.  Spokesman John Rodenhausen says Woody and Nick are already on their way back; the other two birds have yet to begin their trip.

Chesapeake Bay Does the Teaching

Mar 14, 2014

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.

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.

Protecting Virginia's Coastal Wilderness

Mar 13, 2014
Lindsay Renick Mayer via WAMU

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.

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.

Vanishing Way of Life on the Eastern Shore

Mar 12, 2014

Much is made of Maryland's Eastern Shore... but what about our own Eastern Shore, right here in Virginia?

As Rebecca Sheir  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.