Staff Blog

The Alliance’s Fall Tree Plantings: A Season in Review

December 4, 2018

Tree Planting from the Christiana Boro

Autumn is a great time to plant trees in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This fall, the Alliance with…

Remi’s Internship Reflection

December 3, 2018

Now that my time as the DC Graphic Design Intern for the Alliance is coming to its close, I can honestly say that I enjoyed every single minute of it. I started in July earlier this year, and I was actually a pretty nervous wreck, but when I came in for the orientation at the

Deck the Halls With Native Holly

December 3, 2018

Sixteen species of holly (the genus Ilex) are native to North America. Two of the most widespread eastern species, American holly (Ilex opaca) and winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata), are commonly used for holiday decorations due to their cheerful red berries and, in the case of American holly, distinctive evergreen leaves. American holly closely resembles English

2018 Chesapeake Forest Champions Award Winners

November 9, 2018

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the US Forest Service presented the 2018 Chesapeake Forest Champion Awards at the 13th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum in Shepherdstown, WV, attended by over 425 restoration and protection practitioners annually to inspire and empower local action towards clean water. This year’s honorees included Matt Keefer of Pennsylvania’s DCNR

My First Chesapeake Watershed Forum

November 9, 2018

The 2018 Chesapeake Watershed Forum was a whirlwind of workshops, socializing, getting lost in the yellow covered forest, and learning about what brings us all together. I am a Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) member at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. This meant that I was not only helping out with some of the organization

How to Recycle Your Halloween Costume

November 1, 2018

It is that time of year again to put away our witch hats and spooky masks and bring out the turkey decorations. Whether you found yourself making an adorable homemade spaghetti monster costume or ran out of time and purchased a last minute cowboy hat, it is important to remember that there are multiple ways

Resurrection of the American Chestnut

October 29, 2018

Resurrecting something from the dead is a classic scary story plotline, but there is nothing spooky about efforts to bring back our American chestnuts (Castanea dentata). The grand, incredibly valuable tree has been functionally extinct for the past century, but efforts are underway to restore it as a component of our eastern forests. (In case

American Chestnut: Ghosts of Our Eastern Forests

October 29, 2018

Our woods are haunted. Generations ago, there was a massacre that left few survivors, and our nation has never been the same. The ghosts of the victims still cling to our forests, reminding naturalists and hikers of what was lost. This isn’t fiction. I wish it was. This is the true horror story of the

The Macabre Mushroom

October 29, 2018

It’s not a dark and stormy night, but rather a clear and sunny day that I write about for my Halloween-themed forest tale. It was unusually hot and humid for an early autumn hike in the mountains of western Maryland. My wife, kids, dog and I were on our annual and perfectly timed pilgrimage to

Owl Pellets Bring Skeletons Into Schools

October 22, 2018

Other than Halloween decorations and science museums, most people don’t encounter many skeletons. If you attended elementary school in the U.S. within the past few decades however, there’s a good chance you also got hands-on experience with rodent bones. More fun than frightening, owl pellet dissection is a common activity for kids, where they learn

Bats in Your Backyard

October 22, 2018

“When I see the pile of bat guano below the bat house, I realize how many bugs have been eaten and that makes me so happy.” About three years ago my dad noticed that we had bats in our attic. His first reaction was that he wanted them out of his house as soon as

Forests for the Bats, Part IV: White-Nose Syndrome

October 9, 2018

In October, bats are everywhere. Images of them, at least. The mammals typically are hibernating by Halloween, tucked away in caves and deep rock crevices. Summertime is when you will see real bats around, but if you live in the northeast or mid-Atlantic, you have likely seen dramatically less bats foraging in the summer dusk