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About Lucy Heller

Lucy is the Communications and Maryland Outreach Coordinator in the Annapolis office. She assists with daily communications work and coordinates Maryland outreach events.

Favorite Summertime Spot on the Chesapeake Bay

There are many summertime spots that have a special place in my heart along the Chesapeake Bay and throughout the watershed, however there is one place I think of in particular when I’m asked about my favorite summertime locations and yes, like any great location - it involves food. While my family doesn’t joke around

Oysters in Your Backyard

“I now have a bat house, a duck house, and essentially an oyster house.” -My dad, after we finished putting the oysters in off our dock. After about 20 years of living on the Eastern Shore, my dad has grown a fondness for the wildlife in the area. In October I wrote an article titled,

A Call to Action: Robert Whitescarver’s “Swoope Almanac”

Robert Whitescarver is an environmentalist, farmer, bird enthusiast, and although he finds it can be perceived negatively, he is a proud “tree hugger”— and that is all just in his free time. Professionally, Whitescarver is a watershed restoration scientist, educator, and writer. In his new book, “Swoope Almanac,” he brings together all of these passions to

Earth Month & National Volunteer Month at The Alliance

April was a big month at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay between Earth Month and National Volunteer Month! On Saturday, April 27th staff tabled at events all around the watershed — ranging from working with kids to plant seedlings at Quiet Water Park in Annapolis, MD, to providing a professional development training for teachers

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