Staff Blog

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The Inaugural HBCU/MSI Chesapeake Bay Summit

On September 9th and 10th, the Alliance hosted approximately 50 students and 11 faculty members from Maryland and Washington, DC’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) at the inaugural HBCU/MSI Chesapeake Bay Summit. Each of these students woke up before the sun rose to converge on Pecometh Retreat Center, driven by one thing – a shared passion for the environment.

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A Native Chesapeake Plant Can Prevent Your Poison Ivy Rash

Growing anywhere from two to five feet tall, jewelweed is a natural remedy to poison ivy—if you can catch it quickly enough.

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Drones & Dairy – A Farm Transformation

It was a beautiful summer morning when I pulled into an Amish dairy farm in Pennsylvania. After patiently waiting for an old farm dog to trot out of the driveway, I parked behind the barn and began setting up my camera gear.

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Spend More Ethically with Conscious Consumerism

To be a conscious consumer is to be aware of what you buy and use, and the impact it has on the world. It sounds simple enough, but the line from production to consumption is full of twists, turns, and knots.

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In Defense of the Gumball Tree

Those spiky gumball-like seeds can look daunting, like a thousand medieval chain maces ready to strike those who wander too near.

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What’s Poppin’? Phenological Fun: Eastern Cicada Killer Wasp

Is this the fabled “murder hornet” we keep hearing about? No! This is the eastern cicada killer wasp!

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Q&A with Eurofins: Campus and Company Sustainability

We recently sat down with Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing to ask about how their Lancaster site is creating a cleaner campus and watershed.

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Resource Recap: Over 7 Hours of Live Recordings

In case you missed it, you can catch over seven hours of presentations from our staff experts! Learn more about a wide variety of topics, from recreation to stewardship in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Loosen the Grip of English Ivy

English ivy is one of the most prevalent invasive species in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. It is a woody vine that climbs trees, fences, and other vertical structures. Left unchecked, it can harm trees by weighing down their limbs, robbing leaves of sunlight, and leaving them more prone to storm damage.

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What’s Up With Upcycling?

Upcycling uses elements of the three R’s along with some creativity and resourcefulness to give new life to objects that would otherwise be discarded. The big idea behind upcycling is that it transforms an object by adding value to it, rather than just recycling or reusing it.

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