From the Marsh: Oysters

From the Marsh: Oysters

Welcome back to the marsh!  Today, we are exploring one of the most important organisms that call these places home, oysters! The Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica, is a bivalve in the mollusc phylum. Oysters are one of the most commercially important species in...
From the Marsh: Pickled Sea Bean

From the Marsh: Pickled Sea Bean

Welcome back to the marsh! Today, we will be talking about an interesting plant that inhabits salt marshes and can be eaten. Saltwort, Salicornia virginica, is a flowering, succulent plant in the Amaranth family that can be found along the upper reaches of tidal...
From the Marsh: Wild Celery

From the Marsh: Wild Celery

Welcome back to the marsh!   Today, we are going to dive a little bit deeper (pardon the pun!) and explore the subtidal zone (fresh water and non-tidal) in the James. Specifically, we are going to examine a plant that is crucial to maintaining good water quality and...
From the Marsh: Springtime Animals

From the Marsh: Springtime Animals

Welcome back to the marsh! As the chill of winter departs, many of our familiar plants and animals are beginning to return, ready to become active again during the warm weather. Today, we will discuss several animals that you can expect to see in marshes this spring....