All one needs to spot the Eastern Shore’s winter birds are a pair of binoculars, and perhaps a camera, field guide, warm jacket and a sense of adventure. The birds provide everything else.
New smartphone apps for the Chesapeake region can direct users to local trails; provide real-time conditions on the water; and help to identify species with the tap of a finger.
Some parks, nature centers and amphibian clubs offer organized field trips to witness the annual amphibian migrations to vernal pools on what is often called the "Big Night."
Bundle up and take advantage of the opportunities for great photos provided the the crisp air, and low angle of sunlight, during winter months.
Blustery winter days provide an ideal opportunity to lean about the Chesapeake Bay’s waterfowl, history, culture and heritage through a visit to a museum.
Visitors to Maryland’s Sotterley Plantation learn how the British presence during the War of 1812 helped provided a path to freedom for some slaves.
It's worth visiting Cooperstown, the farthest reach of the Chesapeake watershed, to discover the river's headwaters and its history and to witness how conservation can benefit both a village and a river.
There is elemental loveliness to the winter camping around the Chesapeake: satisfaction in being out when most aren't, and the pleasures of clean air, clear water and unsurpassed dawns and sunsets.