Social Distancing: From the Marsh

Social Distancing: From the Marsh

During this time that we’re supposed to be giving each other lots of space, let’s follow the example set by certain species of wildlife. While certain birds and fish like to travel together and hang out in large groups, others like to practice some healthy...
From the Marsh: Blue Crabs

From the Marsh: Blue Crabs

Welcome back to the marsh!  Blue crabs are one of the most important invertebrates in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, to humans at least! They certainly live up to their scientific name of Callinectes sapidus, or beautiful tasty swimmer, and can be found throughout all...
Tides – From the Marsh

Tides – From the Marsh

Marshes throughout the Lower James are influenced by tides, the periodic rising and falling of water. Twice a day, every day, the water will rise and fall by about two feet. What causes this? And why does it happen with such regularity? The answer is right above our...
From the Marsh: Ducks!

From the Marsh: Ducks!

With most of the songbirds having long departed south, you would expect that marshes would be pretty quiet all winter-long. You would be incorrect! This is the time of year that waterfowl descend on our region in flocks that are thousands strong. Only a handful of...