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Brood X: Return of the Cicadi

Periodical cicadas, unlike the annual cicadas we hear and see each summer, take part in a synchronous emergence that only occurs once every 13 or 17 years.

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The Best of the Best in Urban Stormwater Practices

Hosted by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, the BUBBAs (Best Urban BMP in the Bay Awards) honor the innovation and success behind some of the Chesapeake Bay’s latest best management practices (BMPs). BMPs reduce the quantity or improve the quality of stormwater runoff in urban areas throughout the watershed. This ensures that runoff flowing into our …

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Now’s Your Chance to “Bee Better”

LANCASTER AREA RESIDENTS: If you’re interested in receiving FREE pollinator-friendly native plants and other resources, look no further than this “Bee Better” toolkit to get started.

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50 Stories: Big Bay Moments From The Past Five Decades

As we celebrate 50 years of the Alliance we take a look back at some of the major moments, impacts, and programs over the past five decades.

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Improving the Health of the Cocalico Creek One BMP at a Time

As part of our 50 stories for our 50th-anniversary, we are spending this month celebrating our work in agriculture. With approximately 87,000 farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Alliance provides resources enabling farmers to maintain productive agricultural lands while simultaneously protecting their local waterways. Our collaboration with Cocalico Watershed Association, Lancaster Clean Water Partners, TeamAg, …

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Why So Blue? The Plight of the Cerulean Warbler

Cerulean Warblers (Setophaga cerulea) are neotropical migrants, meaning they spend the winter in the tropics of Central and South America and the summer in temperate North America. As dramatic as it seems to fly thousands of miles a year (especially when you only weigh 0.3 ounces), it’s worth it.

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Forests for the Birds – An Egg-Sighting Edition

Think Spring! At the Alliance, we have birds on the brain. “Forests for the Birds” is our special spring edition of our Forests for the Bay newsletter designed to spark your curiosity and tickle your sense of humor! Mostly, we hope you draw a little inspiration – to learn something new, take action, and appreciate the natural gifts of the Bay watershed.

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Riparian Forest Buffers: A Legacy of the Alliance

When Al Todd arrived at the Chesapeake Bay Program(CBP) in 1992, the CBP partnership was still young. Bill Matuszeski had just arrived as EPA Director, and the USDA Forest Service assigned Todd as the federal representative on forest-related issues and programs. He was also charged with building a new interagency, “Forestry Work Group.” One of …

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Longer than the Song of the Whippoorwill

Goatsuckers. Nightjars. Bullbats. Frogmouths. Potoos. Will’s-widows. While these names may conjure images of terrifying mythical creatures, they actually refer to species within the Order Caprimulgiformes, a group of nocturnal, insectivorous birds.

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A Sharp Encounter

True forest birds, sharp-shinned hawks (Accipiter striatus) are the smallest of three species from the genus Accipiter that are native to the United States and Canada.

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