Tag: conservation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Second Chance Cruise the Inner Harbor Together

A little fishy told us this was a first-time oyster sighting!

It’s pretty cool when two groups that both focus on making our planet better come together for fun and education.

National Aquarium Launches Effort to Protect the Baltimore Canyon

Courtesy National Aquarium
Courtesy National Aquarium

The National Aquarium has launched an effort to protect a natural asset 70 miles off the coast of Maryland.

Waste Not, Want Everything



Baltimore writer and cabinetmaker Danielle Ariano describes her mother’s super strict policy never to waste anything edible–and how it has affected her own approach to food and life.

My mother washes out plastic baggies. Not the kind that they give you at the grocery store checkout, the kind you buy. The kind with zippers. Sometimes when I visit, I’ll find one drying in her drain board, looking like a dead jellyfish.

No Elk for Western Maryland, After All




Elk used to occupy nearly all of what is now the United States, but their populations drastically decreased and some subspecies became extinct in the late 1800s. Recently, Elk have been reintroduced to Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, among other states. And Maryland was this close (can you see my fingers?) to getting our own population, but it ain’t gonna happen.

Saving Baby Turtles with Towson University

Photo via Towson University.


The Northern Map Turtle’s shell is criss-crossed with fine yellow patterns that resemble contour lines (hence the name). They are “avid baskers.” The female map turtle is five times larger than the male, and while she uses her powerful jaws to crush and eat mollusks, he mostly nibbles on aquatic insect larvae. And in Maryland, these sun-loving, human-shy turtles are endangered due to hunting, pollution, and development  — but not if students at Towson University and the Eastern Shore town of Port Deposit (pop. 653) have anything to do with it.

What the Presidential Election Might Mean for the Chesapeake


With all the rhetoric that’s been tossed back and forth during this campaign, we Americans are now well aware that the 2012 presidential election is the most important one in our lifetimes and perhaps U.S. history, that one choice will irreversibly doom America and the other will restore her to her former greatness, yadda yadda. But we may not have considered how presidential politics plays into conservation efforts focused on the Chesapeake Bay.

This Week in Research: Mental Illness and Cancer; Saving Old Books

Johns Hopkins engineers use science to conserve old books with the Heritage Science for Conservation project.

Here’s a puzzle for you:  according to recent research out of Johns Hopkins, people with serious mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) are more than twice as likely to develop cancer. Why?