Eyes in the Skies for Easement Monitoring

Eyes in the Skies for Easement Monitoring

High-Resolution Data: To the Chesapeake Conservancy’s Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC), precision conservation means doing projects at the right place, the right scale, the right size, and the right time. This movement is redefining how landscape conservation is...
A Really Big Deal

A Really Big Deal

This view of Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, DC shows many of the kinds of green and grey infrastructure included in this really big deal.Credit: Georgetown BID Almost everyone agrees that our nation desperately needs major investments in repairing and...
Trees Please!

Trees Please!

Tree cover can be especially crucial—and is often especially lacking—in urban areas, like here in Baltimore.Credit: Blue Water Baltimore We all love a little shade for cooling and relaxing. We know the value of trees for birds and other wildlife. New emphasis on trees...
“Earmark” Is No Longer a Dirty Word

“Earmark” Is No Longer a Dirty Word

Earmarks used to be crucial grease for pushing through priorities. After falling out of favor, they are returning with new names. Credit: United States Senate Committee on the Budget Some of us are old enough to remember the late comedian George Carlin and his 1970s...
Conexiones Naturales

Conexiones Naturales

Bilingual Rangers and Smokey Bear getting ready for a day of fun activities with Latino park visitors at Sandy Point State Park.(L to R) Isabel Layton, Matias Orrego, Smokey, Daniel Salomon, and Julian Segovia.Credit: Chesapeake Conservancy “I love spending time...
What’s Bugging our Bugs?

What’s Bugging our Bugs?

Cicadas were the undisputed “Bug of the Summer” this year.Credit: Britt Slattery They appeared in a flash and took over much of the watershed with their cries and swarms, but then just as quickly they’ve faded from our public consciousness to restart their...
Where the Bay Meets the Ocean

Where the Bay Meets the Ocean

A technical graphic shows the Bay’s outflow plume throughout the year.Credit: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science For several decades the health of the Chesapeake Bay has been understood to be linked to the 64,000 square mile watershed....
Reflecting on Wilderness

Reflecting on Wilderness

Why a photo of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon? A recent experience there leads to this reflection on the value of wilderness. Wilderness. I’ve strayed from it in recent decades – the experience and the concept. Not long ago, I wrote “the rose-colored glasses...
Popularity Crisis

Popularity Crisis

Visitors pile into Cunningham Falls State Park.Credit: Baltimore Sun/Barbara Haddock Taylor “Nobody goes there any more. It’s too crowded.” This line often attributed to baseball great Yogi Berra is really traced back to England in the late 1800’s. But it is very...
Great Outdoors Month

Great Outdoors Month

Bilingual Ranger Julian Segovia leading a seine net program for Latinx youthCredit: Will Grinnell/Chesapeake Conservancy Ahhhhh, June! With the turn of the calendar comes the end of the school year; the beginnings of longer, warmer days and firefly-visited, starry...