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This Week in the Watershed

Michael Oberman won CBF's 2015 photo contest, with this stunning shot of a yellow-crowned night heron spreading its feathers in a mating display on Wilde Lake in Columbia, Maryland.

For many of us here at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Bay is the most beautiful place on earth. Around this time every year, when the weather warms and the Bay springs back to life, our photo contest validates these feelings. Our inboxes are flooded with gorgeous images of majestic birds soaring through the air, captivating landscapes, and plenty of breathtaking sunsets. These images remind us why we love the Bay so much and help us bring the Bay and its rivers and streams to life throughout the year in all of our publications.

No matter the level of your photography prowess, we would love to see any images you might have captured from Pennsylvania to Virginia, from the Shenandoah Mountains to the Eastern Shore. Our only request is that all photos include water from the Chesapeake Bay or a river, stream, creek, or other body of water in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Images depicting people, wildlife, recreation, and farms within the watershed will all be considered.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then some of the photos we receive have quite a story to tell. Share your story with us today. Learn more about our photo contest and submit your photos!

This Week in the Watershed: Fertilizing, Oyster Management, and a Photo Contest

  • Spring time is here, and soon many will be fertilizing their lawn. This can bring many unforeseen consequences. (Bay Journal)
  • Chesterfield County in Virginia is considering a small fee to fight polluted runoff that will help improve local water quality, and prevent erosion and flooding. (Richmond Times-Dispatch—VA)
  • A recent meeting brought together many stakeholders in the world of oyster management to discuss the future of oysters while considering both commercial and restoration interests. (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science)
  • CBF has launched its 12th annual watershed photo contest! Submit your photos before the April 22 deadline. (Richmond Times-Dispatch—VA) Bonus: CBF Press Release
  • Eastern Shore of Maryland counties and towns have come together and identified six goals to improve local water quality. (Star Democrat—MD)
  • We couldn't agree more with this editorial, advocating for Maryland's Eastern Shore community to recognize the dangers of large poultry operations. (Daily Times—MD)

What's Happening Around the Watershed?

March 26

  • Machipongo, VA: Learn how native plants can enhance the beauty of yards and gardens, attract beneficial birds and insects, and improve the health of local creeks and the Chesapeake Bay. A complimentary lunch will be provided. Click here to register! This event is FULL!

March 31

  • Easton, MD: Join author of Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay's Foundation and Future, Kate Livie, as she explores the tangled, compelling, and sometimes controversial story of the Bay's favorite bivalve. Livie follows the story of the oyster from a survival food in Jamestown to the oyster wars of the 19th century, through to today's modern oyster wars over aquaculture, sanctuaries, and oyster reef restoration. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and Livie will sign books after an opportunity for Q&A from the audience. Click here to register!

April 2

  • Virginia Beach, VA: The Brock Environmental Center (BEC), one of the world's most energy-efficient buildings, is looking for tour guides! We are looking for outgoing individuals who will be trained, tested, and ultimately designated official BEC Tour Guides! To RSVP, e-mail Chris Gorri at CGorri@cbf.org with "Tour Guide" in the subject line, or call 757-622-1964.
  • Cambridge, MD: Come plant trees with CBF at Jones Farm. Over 1,200 native trees will be planted on six acres to restore the riparian buffer. This area is critical habitat for the Delmarva fox squirrel and coastal-dependent birds including salt marsh sparrows and American black ducks. No tree planting experience is necessary, and all materials and supplies are provided. Families and children welcome. Click here to register!

April 9

  • Frederick, MD: Come plant trees with CBF in Frederick! This project consists of the restoration of approximately 1,500 linear feet of the Little Tuscarora Creek. The stream system has been impacted by cattle in the stream, adjacent row-crop fields input of sediment, and the lack of a riparian buffer. No tree planting experience is necessary, and all materials and supplies are provided. Families and children welcome. Click here to register!

April 14

  • Wrightsville, PA: Join neighbors, businesses, and elected officials for a lively discussion about local clean water issues. This event is open to all residents of the Commonwealth looking to make a difference in their local community and to take action for clean water. This town hall reception will be a forum where local elected officials will address constituents' concerns about water quality in York County. Click here to register!

April 16

  • Cambridge, MD: Help CBF make the Choptank River cleaner and safer for the whole community during this river cleanup event. All supplies will be provided. Families and groups are welcome to attend. Click here to register!

April 23

  • Monkton, MD: Come help CBF plant 1,200 trees to restore six acres of forest on this new farm. The Little Gunpowder is a natural reproducing trout stream and the restoration of this farm will help protect this cold water fishery. No tree planting experience is necessary, and all materials and supplies are provided. Families and children are welcome. Click here to register!
  • Church Hill, MD: Come paddle with us on the Blackwater River in Dorchester County, Maryland. Blackwater River is a prime example of a healthy tidal Eastern Shore river, replete with large expanses of tidal marsh and pine forests. The wildlife is dominated by various species of bird life, including nesting bald eagles, ospreys, herons, and ducks. The paddle is comfortable and peaceful, offering up-close views of herons fishing in the shallows and ducks nesting in the many trees along the banks. All canoes and paddling equipment will be provided. Children ages 10 and up are welcome to register, but must be accompanied by an adult. This is a paddle for people of all skill levels. Click here to register!

 —Drew Robinson, CBF's Digital Media Associate


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