Want to learn how to fly fish? Curious about the turtle species roaming your backyard? Our signature live talk webinar series kicks off Thursday, July 6th at noon and runs every Thursday through July and August. Join us as Alliance Staff share their expertise about these topics and many more!

This year, Ask the Alliance sessions will be roughly 30 minutes long, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. Check out this summer’s schedule below!

Ask the Alliance 2023 Schedule

July 6, 2023 | Intro to Fly Fishing with Adam Miller

Fly fishing is one of the most exciting ways to recreate in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. It’s relaxing, it takes us to beautiful areas within our watershed, it often teaches us important lessons about the health of our local waters, and it’s easy to get started! Join the Alliance’s Communications Director, Adam Miller, for an introduction to the gear and techniques needed to enjoy your time on the water.

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July 13, 2023 | Visual Storytelling in Nature 101 with Eric Braker

Capturing both photos and videos in nature can be one of the most rewarding pastimes. It can provide you with a way to spend more time outside, connect with your local environment on a deeper level, and contribute to the conservation and preservation of the landscapes and species you love. There is an overwhelming amount of knowledge and gear that can be scary when getting started. The truth is that the best camera is the one you have with you, and some simple tips will help you get out there and find your inner nature photographer and filmmaker.

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July 20, 2023 | Converting Lawn to Native Meadow Habitat with Ryan Davis

Lawns are ubiquitous on our modern landscape, but offer little value for conservation and can contribute to stormwater issues. Many people are interested in lawn alternatives to reduce their carbon and stormwater footprints while accommodating and enjoying native flora and fauna around the house. Join Ryan Davis, Senior Forests Projects Manager, to learn about meadow ecology and how to convert areas of lawn to meadow habitat.

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July 27, 2023 | Long Distance Kayaking with Laura Todd

Humans have been kayaking the waterways of our planet for over 4,000 years. Join the Alliance’s Senior Green Infrastructure Projects Manager, Laura Todd, to learn about planning, preparing, and paddling long-distance in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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August 3, 2023 | Foraging 101 with Rob Frank

Can I eat this? This will be a starting point for people interested in foraging for wild growing food. Presentation will cover beginer mushrooms and plants as well as some things to avoid.

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August 10, 2023 | Aquatic Macroinvertebrates with Rebbeca Lauver

Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program.

Aquatic macroinvertebrates are an important indictor of the health of our local stream. These fascinating underwater critters can be categorized by families, feeding groups, and their sensitivity to water pollution. This presentation will cover basic aquatic macroinvertebrate identification along with an overview of their feeding groups and their use in determining water quality. Join to get a close up look at the organisms that occupy our local streams!

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August 17, 2023 | DIY Rain Gardens with Jamie Alberti

Rain garden filled with water during a rain storm.

Rain gardens are a great way to infiltrate stormwater on your property to help keep your local streams clean! Join the Alliance’s Green Infrastructure Program Director, Jamie Alberti, to learn more about how to install a rain garden on your property.

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August 24, 2023 | Turtle Conservation on Your Property with Jim Kauffman

The Chesapeake Bay watershed is full of interesting wildlife. Turtles are some of the oldest wildlife species found in our watershed, and, in many cases, they’re impacted by humans’ effects on the environment. Join the Alliance’s Forests Projects Coordinator, Jim Kauffman, to learn more about the species and ecology of turtles found in the watershed, including ways that landowners can manage habitat on their properties to encourage the conservation of turtles and their habitat.

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We hope to see you every Thursday, this July and August! Learn more about the “Ask the Alliance” webinar series here.