Forests for the Bay

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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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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Beneficial trees for birds, your appetite and your creative side

You can easily create a multifunctional landscape that attracts birds, pollinators and insects while at the same time gives you the opportunity to eat off of your landscape and get crafty.

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Winter in the Forests of the Chesapeake

Colder temperatures, snowpack, shorter days, and reduced food sources create challenges for many organisms throughout the forests of the Bay watershed.

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The American Eel: International Fish of Mystery

The American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) is a fish that has fascinated me since childhood. It began at an early age while fishing at my family’s cabin. We were night-fishing in a small stream for bullhead catfish when I hooked into something that was obviously too large to be a bullhead. By the time I hauled …

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Dangerous Doppelgangers of Native Trees

Oh, the horror! Controlling invasive plants can be grisly work, and in the heat of hunting down and hacking away at victims of land management, mistaken identity can result in tragedy. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard landowners say that they’ve committed ghastly acts against trees and shrubs that they thought were invasive …

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Fall Volunteer Tree Plantings: Socially Distanced and Still A Success

Volunteers planted over 3,500 trees to reforest 19 acres across 12 sites in south-central Pennsylvania.

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The Ghost Forests of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, often referred to as the “Everglades of the North” encompasses an extensive amount of plant, animal, and habitat diversity.

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Photo of the fungus, Dead Man's Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha)

Carnivorous Plants of the Chesapeake Bay

For some, fall weather and thoughts of Halloween bring to mind spooky decorations. Often those decorations include sticky spider webs and bubbling cauldrons of unknown substances. But did you know that our plant world has its own spooky substances? In fact, various types of carnivorous plants lurk within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Like spider webs, …

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