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Botulism, virus, down birds on Poplar Island

Bay Journal News - September 15, 2014 - 5:06pm
Nearly 700 birds died or became very ill this summer at Poplar Island, a dredge-spoil island being built in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay that has become key habitat for shorebirds and waterfowl. More than half the birds were waterfowl that died of botulism, a nerve toxin created by the…
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More adult sturgeon turning up on the Marshyhope

Bay Journal News - September 15, 2014 - 3:45pm
Groggy from a dose of anesthesia administered by biologists from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the large sturgeon nudged against my kayak on a beautiful late summer morning on Marshyhope Creek. It then swam along the surface, looking very much like the ancient species that it is…
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Out & About the Chesapeake

Bay Journal News - September 15, 2014 - 3:36pm
Fossil Field Experience Did you know that the largest exposed seam of Miocene fossils in North America lies in the shoreline cliffs of Calvert County, MD? Would you like to find and identify your own fossils? Learn more through the Fossil Field Experience program at the Calvert Marine Museum.…
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Aliases

Bay Journal News - September 15, 2014 - 3:22pm
Do you know the differences between a trout lily and a dogtooth violet? There are none—each is the name of the same plant. Here are two lists of what appears to be 32 plants or animals. But there are really only 16 species; each just happens to have more than one name. Can you match the…
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Before we attack growth, it is necessary to define what it is

Bay Journal News - September 15, 2014 - 3:05pm
In his Growing, Growing, Gone series, Tom Horton identifies “growth” as the elephant in the room with respect to the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort. Before one can either support or take issue with that contention, it is first necessary to identify what he means by…
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Sonar gives scientists clearer picture of river herring runs

Bay Journal News - September 15, 2014 - 2:56pm
After spending years in the ocean, the alewives and blueback herring had at last found their way back to the Chesapeake, and were slowly working their way upstream against the Choptank River current. Like their ancestors for thousands of years, instinct drove their migration the spawning grounds…
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Carved conundrums

Bay Journal News - September 11, 2014 - 1:56am
In 1926, a team from the Maryland Academy of Sciences took a load of dynamite 10 miles up the Susquehanna River from Havre de Grace and blew up Indian Rock at Bald Friar’s Ford. They did it to save a piece of history. The rock, a mighty boulder nearly as big as an island and close to the…
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Ghost fleet may go from wrecks to recreation

Bay Journal News - September 11, 2014 - 1:39am
Don Shomette was about 10 years old in when he first encountered the “ghost fleet” of Mallows Bay. He was aboard a jon boat with his father and brother, coming down the Potomac River from a shoreline campsite in the mid-1950s. It was a gray morning. The water was churning and…
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Biologists net ‘ripe’ sturgeon on Nanticoke tributary

Bay Journal News - September 9, 2014 - 9:12pm
When a crew of biologists from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources hauled a gill net out of the Marshyhope Creek in late August, what they hauled in was more than the catch of the day: It may have been the catch of their careers. One of the nets contained two “ripe” —…
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Biologists net ‘ripe’ sturgeon on Nanticoke tributary

Bay Journal News - September 9, 2014 - 9:12pm
When a crew of biologists from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources hauled a gill net out of the Marshyhope Creek in late August, what they hauled in was more than the catch of the day: It may have been the catch of their careers. One of the nets contained two “ripe” —…
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Bay dead zone made big comeback in August

Bay Journal News - September 9, 2014 - 1:08am
The dead zone that largely disappeared from the Bay earlier this summer made a dramatic comeback in August when oxygen-starved water covered a much greater area of the Chesapeake than normal. Typically, the dead zone reaches its peak during early summer, when large amounts of nutrients flushed…
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Scientists call for giving shad a boost – by tearing down dams

Bay Journal News - September 9, 2014 - 1:03am
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is recommending that major investments be made for fish passages at Conowingo Dam as part of the requirements of a new license for the giant hydroelectric facility on the lower Susquehanna River. But a group of scientists say that migratory fish on the…
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Intersex smallmouth bass found in all 16 PA sample sites

Bay Journal News - September 8, 2014 - 1:39am
Smallmouth bass with eggs in their testes, a condition known as intersex, turned up at all 16 sites sampled in Pennsylvania from 2007–10, with the most severe cases coming from the Susquehanna River, according to a recent report by U.S. Geological Survey scientists. The results highlight…
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Intersex smallmouth bass found in all 16 PA sample sites

Bay Journal News - September 8, 2014 - 1:39am
Smallmouth bass with eggs in their testes, a condition known as intersex, turned up at all 16 sites sampled in Pennsylvania from 2007–10, with the most severe cases coming from the Susquehanna River, according to a recent report by U.S. Geological Survey scientists. The results highlight…
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Report proposes emergency management methods to deal with sea level rise

Bay Journal News - September 8, 2014 - 1:39am
A report issued by a sub-panel of the Virginia Secure Commonwealth Panel recommended that the state adopt methods borrowed from disaster and emergency management to coordinate Virginia’s response and adaptation to recurrent flooding and sea level rise. The sub-panel’s report also…
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Carved conundrums

Bay Journal News - September 8, 2014 - 1:31am
In 1926, a team from the Maryland Academy of Sciences took a load of dynamite 10 miles up the Susquehanna River from Havre de Grace and blew up Indian Rock at Bald Friar’s Ford. They did it to save a piece of history. The rock, a mighty boulder nearly as big as an island and close to the…
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Hop aboard history!

Bay Journal News - September 8, 2014 - 1:21am
This summer, I decided to detour from the straight line of U.S. 13 on the way from Baltimore to Crisfield, MD. Instead of staying on the interstate, I remained on business Route 50 through Salisbury and made a right onto Nanticoke Road, then a left onto Whitehaven Road. I meandered through…
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Hop aboard history!

Bay Journal News - September 8, 2014 - 1:21am
This summer, I decided to detour from the straight line of U.S. 13 on the way from Baltimore to Crisfield, MD. Instead of staying on the interstate, I remained on business Route 50 through Salisbury and made a right onto Nanticoke Road, then a left onto Whitehaven Road. I meandered through…
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Because it is common, blue jay’s qualities are often overlooked

Bay Journal News - September 8, 2014 - 1:15am
I pulled into the driveway and was greeted by the raucous calls of several blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata) as they shied away from the car. The interruption lasted for just a moment. As I emerged from the vehicle, I could see two of the jays return to our neighbor’s yard and its towering…
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Because it is common, blue jay’s qualities are often overlooked

Bay Journal News - September 8, 2014 - 1:15am
I pulled into the driveway and was greeted by the raucous calls of several blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata) as they shied away from the car. The interruption lasted for just a moment. As I emerged from the vehicle, I could see two of the jays return to our neighbor’s yard and its towering…
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