Welcoming Our Two Chesapeake Conservation Corps Members!

The Alliance is excited to be welcoming two new Chesapeake Conservation Corps members to our team for the next year! Rebecca Lauver (she/her pronouns) will be joining the Pennsylvania Riparian Forest Buffer team to assist with tree planting, maintenance, and monitoring. Rebecca graduated from Messiah College this spring with a degree in Biology. During her

Welcoming Tennille Checkovich to Our Board of Directors!

The Alliance is excited to welcome Tennille Checkovich to our Board of Directors! Tennille is no stranger to the Chesapeake Bay, having grown up in Hampton, Virginia, which was the launching point for weekend fishing trips with her extended family on the Bay. Her passion started at a young age and was solidified with a

Celebrate National Wildlife Day!

Did you know there are about 2,300 threatened or endangered species in the Chesapeake Bay watershed? This daunting number is just one of the many reasons why restoring the lands and waters of our 64,000 square-foot watershed is so important. In celebration of National Wildlife Day on September 4, 2020, we’ve put together a list

The Busiest Time of the Year for a Dairy Farmer

Misty Meadows Farm Creamery in Smithsburg, Md., host a tour of the 500-acre farm on Oct. 2, 2016. (Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program) Summer has been quite different this year due to the ongoing pandemic we are facing. Most of us are still trying to adjust to the new “normal” for a

Adventure is Out There: Year of the Woman Feature

Holly May has been the Alliance’s resident watershed forester since September of 2017, working to build partnerships and get trees in the ground in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. She is an avid outdoors-woman, adventurer, lifelong learner, amateur fly fisher and hunter, mom to two awesome little boys, and wife. Holly’s passion for the outdoors, wildlife,

International Peace Month: Fostering Peace in Uncertain Times

Photo from Photographer Jenny Z at Freeimages.com   "True peace is not merely the absence of tension, but the presence of justice." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   In August 1926, the very first International Peace Month was declared at the Democratic Peace Conference in Germany. While the original intention of the

The CMC is Making Waves Across the Pond

  The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative team has been working with partners across the pond in the UK for over a year now as they work to set up a similar, Catchment Monitoring Cooperative, within their network. On Tuesday, August 18th, they held a Catchment Data and Evidence Forum, where the CMC team gave a pre-recorded

  • A photo of a goldenrod plant in bloom.

Glorious Goldenrod!

Hazy, late afternoon summer sun. Blue skies, drowsy hum of busy insects, and calls of bobolinks, song sparrows and eastern meadowlarks. Picking blackberries. Old fields behind the barn, seas of yellow and green, stand out in my mind’s eye. Deep breaths of that crushed scent – lingering and distinct – bringing the outdoors inside

Interview with Board Member, Tara Scully

Tara Scully is an Alliance Board Member, and the Director of the Sustainability Minor Program and an Assistant Professor of Biology at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has been on the Alliance’s Board since 2017, and has been a great asset to our organization. When I asked Tara if she has picked up

Native Plants We Love ‒ the Power of Pink!

The summer welcomes numerous sun loving wildflowers that grace a diversity of wildlife habitats natural and manmade. As July comes to a close and August arrives, wildflowers in delicious colors serve delicacies of nectar and pollen to pollinating visitors like bumblebees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and solitary wasps. My top three include summer phlox, rose mallow, and

  • A close up of the flower, rudbeckia

Introducing a New Video Series: Native Plant Narratives

Native Plant Narratives is a series of short, educational videos highlighting the benefits of plants native to the Chesapeake Bay region and conservation gardening. Most of the videos will focus on specific native species, where and when to use them, as well as how to care for them. There will also be videos on more

Year of the Woman: Marylou Barton

Marylou sharing her journey as an environmental leader surrounded by nature at her daughter's home in the City of Lancaster (Photo credit: Lydia Martin). This month’s woman of the year blog features a tremendously fierce and passionate leader from Pennsylvania, Marylou Barton. Marylou’s career was activated by her two passions in life; children