Exploring the vernal pools of Forest Pools Preserve

Protecting habitat for young amphibians

The Nature Conservancy's Forest Pools Preserve near Kings Gap State Park in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is home to acres of vernal pools—important habitat for young frogs and salamanders.

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Exploring the vernal pools of Forest Pools Preserve

Swimming upstream with the American shad

Migratory herring swim upstream each year to spawn

Though they spend most of their lives at sea, American shad depend on the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay every spring. Reopened stream miles have helped the fish recover in certain rivers.

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Swimming upstream with the American shad

Learning comes to life in Baltimore

Students get an up-close look at the watershed

Fourth grade students at Federal Hill Preparatory School learn about water quality and the environment through the School Leadership in Urban Runoff Reduction Project.

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Learning comes to life in Baltimore

Trawling for trash in the Chesapeake Bay

Trash Free Maryland collects samples of microplastics

Samples from throughout the Chesapeake Bay will help researchers determine how much plastic is in the water, the most prevalent types of plastic and where that pollution may be coming from.

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Trawling for trash in the Chesapeake Bay

By the Numbers: Emerald ash borer threatens native trees

Insect could cause $10.7 billion worth of damage

The metallic insect has spread into 24 more states—including five in the Chesapeake Bay watershed—and now threaten millions of native ash trees. (Photo: Anna Hesser/Flickr)

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By the Numbers: Emerald ash borer threatens native trees

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    Critter of the Month

    Loggerhead Turtle

    May's Critter - Named for its large head and powerful jaw, the loggerhead turtle visits the Chesapeake Bay from May to November to forage and will nest on nearby barrier islands.

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      A tool to assess progress and enhance accountability and transparency.

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    watershed agreement

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    Between 2010 and 2014, 6,191 acres of wetlands were established, rehabilitated or reestablished on agricultural lands in the Bay watershed.


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    Never use more pesticides than you need. Take care to store chemicals properly so containers do not leak.

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