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Photo of the Week: Blackwater NWR, We Have Lift-Off!

Lift-Off%20Blackwater-2.NWR.%28Manalo2011%29hqwcPhoto by DJ Manalo.

"As a sea kayaker, the real beauty and true value of the Chesapeake Bay is fully appreciated atop her very waters, especially during the spring and fall migrations. This season especially becomes visibly alive with tens of thousands of winter migrants throughout the Chesapeake, as she provides her Artic visitors a vital resource of nourishment and shelter. Of course, one of the most visible and audible natural spectacles that can be witnessed, are when tens of thousands of snow geese perform their spontaneous and synchronized behavior called 'lift-off' in mass, such as this photo at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. It's an incredible experience to witness in person. Perhaps they're just celebrating with me that they've found a perfect winter retreat along the Chesapeake."

—DJ Manalo

Ensure that DJ and future generations continue to enjoy extraordinary sights like these "lift-offs." Support the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint! 

Do you have a favorite Bay photo you'd like to submit to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Photo of the Week contest? Send your digital images to CBF's E-Communications Manager, Emmy Nicklin, at enicklin [at sign] cbf.org, along with a brief description of where and when you took the photo, and what the Chesapeake Bay means to you. We look forward to seeing your photos!



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