A group of students on the Hampton Roads boat program caught this brief squid. The Bay is salty enough in that area to be suitable for marine creatures like this guy.
Clear nosed skates have such a unique body. Check out those "lips"!
Ever heard of a "fish hawk"? These students are channeling their inner osprey as they learn how this bird's prey of choice is fish.
Stretch in the early morning sun! A log in Pocahontas State Park is the perfect spot for this painted turtle.
Cold windy days early in the spring were perfect for sailing on the Susquehanna River. Canoes just happened to be the vessel best suited for using a tarp as a sail.
CBF educator, Pete Secka, makes friends with this large horse on a Pennsylvania farm.
Pitcher plants were blooming as the warm spring weather started to arrive. These native plants secreat a sticky substance to catch flies, which they digest for nutrition.
Students from Delaware University wanted to see the effects of agriculture on the PA waterways. The group canoed on the Conestoga River and found this spot with picturesque views of farmland and the effects of excess sediment during floods (see the brown in the foreground).
Canoeing can get difficult when water levels are low. It takes the whole group to portage over these rocks.
Using a seine net allows students to catch the little critters that live on the bottom of streams and rivers. This type of biological survey is one tool to discover a body of water's health.
Can you guess the kid of fish caught in the tidal marshes of Virginia?
This banded water snake at Chickahominy Riverfront Park in Williamsbrg Va sits oh-so-still as it begins to literally crawl out of its skin (notice it's nose).
After the group found the snake in a bush at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, they noticed his tracks through the muddy detritus. They were leading straight to the overhanging bush in which he was had strategically placed himself in order to start the molting process.
A bird box on Four Mile Creek houses 4 candy like eggs of the Prothonatary Warbler. Each bird will typically mate up to 3-4 times having as many as 5 eggs in each clutch. Hopefully these will be a bit more lucky and not fall prey to Mr. No Shoulders.
That banded water snake made his way into this bird box, which happens to have a nest full of eggs. Delicious!
Everybody knows that you have to kiss your fish for good luck before setting your crab pots!
The buoy goes overboard first and then you drop the crab pot in as you sing to the crabs. Ba-lu crab!
A peaceful paddle through the marshes of Port Isobel.
Students came upon this nest amidst the driftwood and grasses. Nature at its finest!
Hmmm, what can wer build with driftwood?
A beach castle fit for a queen!
Blue crab fun!
Whoa! Oysters are so cool! CBF captain, John Tapscott, shows students the parts of an oyster caught in the Patapsco River.
Proggin' on Lower Hoopers Island is the perfect opportunity to find pieces of Chesapeake history.
A giant moth can be frightening at first. But what an amazing specimen to see up close!
The dark blue tube in the student's hand shows the James River had high oxygen levels this day. That's a good sign for the health of the River!
Hog chokcer are relatives of the flounder and can be found in brackish water.
Dolphins are frequent visitors to the Bay, especially in the spring. These beauties were seen in the Tangier Sound.
Dolphins love to play in the wake of the boat. Such amazing creatures!
You have to be IN the river to understand how its ecosystem works.
Canoeing in western Virginia allows us to see the river from a new perspective and to feel its power.
Making a rare daytime appearance, this barred owl came out to play.
Graphs and images help make topics like dead zones a little easier to understand. When you pair these images with dissolved oxygen tests from the side of the boat, it all becomes clear that we need to Save the Bay.
How will you offer a helping hand to save the bay?
Thousands of pelicans hatched in nests on Smith Island this spring.
Pelican nests cover the marshes of the southern tip of Smith Island.
2 baby pelicans take their first few breaths. The first few days are a true test of survival with no feathers and their eyes are still closed.
It only takes a few weeks for a baby pelican to look cute with fluffy feathers!
What was that bird I saw dive into the water?
Seaweed salad anyone?
Hold on tight! The iconic blue crab is a part of most CBF education programs.
CBF worked with the Maryland Association of Student Councils this year. Along with 1500 students, we attended their annual conference in Ocean City, MD.
CBFcreated an osprey nest for the perfect photo opp!
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