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About Lucy Heller

Lucy is a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member located in our Annapolis office. Lucy will be helping with a couple projects including, Project Clean Stream and Tree Plantings. Also, as part of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program, Lucy will be working on a capstone project.

Spotlighting Six of the Women in Leadership at the Alliance

In honor of International Women's Day, we are spotlighting a few of the amazing women who are a part of our leadership team, and who shape the work that we do every day to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Check out six of the incredible women who help lead our watershed-wide

Halfway Through My Chesapeake Conservation Corps Internship

My first community tree planting in Camp Springs in Prince George's County, MD. This month marks the half way point in my year long internship with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC), which is a great time for reflection on my work so far and a cause for celebration looking forward to my end

A Reading List of Books about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

1. River of Redemption: Almanac of Life on the Anacostia by Krista Schlyer Recommended by our DC team, this book explores the life along the Anacostia River. Krista Schlyer dives into the rich history and biodiversity of this important waterway along our nation’s capital. If you love photography, this book is for you.

Winter Watershed Activities to Get You Through the Cold Months

Don’t let the cold weather get you down! The Chesapeake Bay watershed has plenty of activities and beauty to experience even when it seems impossible to leave the house. Check out a few ways to break your cabin fever. 1. Visit a Maritime Museum: There are plenty of Maritime Museums within the watershed that are

Four Simple Ways to Greenify your Office in 2019

It is easy during the hustle and bustle of your everyday life at the office to not think twice before throwing away something that could have been recycled. While it may seem like a hassle to make your office “green,” here are four simple steps your office can take to help improve your carbon footprint

Six Alternatives to Plastic Straws

Within the past year there has been an active push to remove plastic straws and other single-use plastics from our everyday lives. This is because, not surprisingly, plastic is bad for the environment. Plastic does not biodegrade, which means it can be around forever. Where does this plastic end up? Plastic ends up in our

Wintergreen Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips

Creeping Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) is a native, edible winter plant that is commonly grown as a shrubby ground cover and is easily discovered in the forest during the winter seasons because it is one of the only plants that remains green and it has bright red berries. The leaves and berries can be eaten fresh,

A Year in Photos Across the Chesapeake

January  Photo by: Michele Fletcher Photo: The Maury River Fun Fact: West of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Maury River is 42.8- mile- long tributary of the James River. It is named the Maury River after Commodore Matthew Fontaine Maury, and it travels past Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute where Maury worked

My First Chesapeake Watershed Forum

Alliance staff gather for some quality time together the Saturday evening of the Forum. The 2018 Chesapeake Watershed Forum was a whirlwind of workshops, socializing, getting lost in the yellow covered forest, and learning about what brings us all together. I am a Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) member at the Alliance for the

How to Recycle Your Halloween Costume

It is that time of year again to put away our witch hats and spooky masks and bring out the turkey decorations. Whether you found yourself making an adorable homemade spaghetti monster costume or ran out of time and purchased a last minute cowboy hat, it is important to remember that there are multiple ways

Owl Pellets Bring Skeletons Into Schools

A rat skeleton found in an owl pellet. Credit: Christian Gronau, Cortes Island Museum & Archives Other than Halloween decorations and science museums, most people don’t encounter many skeletons. If you attended elementary school in the U.S. within the past few decades however, there’s a good chance you also got hands-on experience with

Bats in Your Backyard

Little Brown Bats (Myotis lucifugus) in a bat house. Photo by Phil Myers, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. “When I see the pile of bat guano below the bat house, I realize how many bugs have been eaten and that makes me so happy.” About three years ago my dad noticed that