Staff Blog

Project Clean Stream Kick Off Events!

This past Friday, April 1st marked the official kick-off of our 18th annual Project Clean Stream (PCS) season! Every year PCS brings together thousands of volunteers to pick up trash from local streams, creeks, rivers, parks, and neighborhoods throughout the Chesapeake watershed.

So far in April, we have over 50 events registered and 18 of those happened this past weekend with four of them hosted by Alliance staff at each one of our regional offices!

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Keep it Wild(er): A 5-Year Old With a Mission to Keep the Wild, Wild

My name is Wilder, I am a five year old from Monkton, Maryland. I have a unique name and find ways of living up to my name daily. With this, I am one who loves adventuring outside. I have been hiking with my parents since I was born, biking since I could sit on a Strider Bike, and started camping when I was four. I have always loved the outdoors and love being immersed in it. I have loved the outdoors so much that I wanted to create my own business, in 2021 Keep it Wild(er) was created.

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Building Bonds Through Project Clean Stream

This spring will be my last time coordinating Project Clean Stream as I take on new responsibilities in our communications department. I wish it were possible to shake the hand of each of the volunteers and site captains and tell them how they helped form my own sense of community.  My time has with them has shown me the importance of getting your loved ones,  your community, and even strangers to form lasting relationships by, of all things,  picking up trash.

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Girls Who Hike Virginia

Girls Who Hike Virginia is more than just a Facebook group; it’s a community of like-minded women who can connect, network, and discover Virginia parks and trails together. This group is a safe place for women – making the group female only. What started as an interest turned into a 13,000 person Facebook group, now …

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The White Weasels of Winter

Weasels are some of the few mammals that turn white during the winter. These small, but highly-skilled predators can be found throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and once had a significant role in the fur trade during European colonization of North America.

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Jack ‘Wildlife’ Turner’s Top 10 Species of the Chesapeake Bay

This list of 10 of my favorite Chesapeake Bay species aims to bring you a little closer to these magnificent critters with which we share the environment. All of the photos have been taken by me in the Chesapeake Bay watershed where I spend most of my time. 

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Reducing Poultry Emissions by Implementing Vegetative Buffers

Did you know that while Pennsylvania is ranked 7th in terms of milk production, it is actually the 4th leading state for egg production? In collaboration with Perdue Farms, the Alliance is exploring ways to assist their farms with practices such as vegetative environmental buffers (VEBs), roofed manure storage, concrete heavy use areas, and more.

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The Newest Chapter of The Feminist Bird Club is in Richmond, Virginia!

The following blog is written by Dylan Slusarz, a co-founder of the Richmond, Virginia chapter of The Feminist Bird Club, whose mission is to make birding and the outdoors inclusive and affirming to people who may not have safe access to it, and leverage people’s passion for the environment and social justice to help create lasting social change. 

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Global Trends the Chesapeake Community Can’t Ignore

Last year, as we at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay celebrated our 50th anniversary, we had a great time looking through our archives. It was also enlightening; we uncovered so many photos, partnership letters, project reports, and board meeting minutes — all of which helped us piece together where the organization has been in …

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Chesapeake Network Redesign Launch

We are excited to announce, after a couple of years of working towards improving our resource, The Chesapeake Network we will be launching an updated version on January 31st! Based on user testing, user interviews, and surveys we came up with the following updates to the network we felt would help improve the user experience.

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