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Coronavirus closes Bay region beaches and some park facilities, but getting outdoors encouraged

The coronavirus pandemic that’s keeping many people inside across the Chesapeake Bay watershed is also limiting some outdoor recreational opportunities — closing campgrounds, playgrounds, public beaches and some parks. In Maryland, it’s also putting a crimp in boating.

Authorities issued stay-at-home orders in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, the District of Columbia, New York and West Virginia. In Pennsylvania, a growing number of counties joined their ranks. But such decrees still allow ample opportunities for getting outside to hike, bike, jog, fish or hunt — or just take in a little fresh air and nature. Following is a state-by-state rundown.

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Forests’ hidden wetlands work for wildlife, water quality

Diversity is the spice of life. Nowhere is this more apparent than where land and water meet. The blending of terrestrial and aquatic environments creates a wetland, an ecosystem that often supports more life than either the...
Kathy Reshetiloff | Bay Naturalist 04/01/20

Appalachian Trail hike reignites urgency to protect landscapes

In recent years, my interest and fascination with the size of the Chesapeake drainage centers around that portion of the Appalachian Trail that traverses the watershed. The 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail covers 14 states from...
Paul Farragut | Forum 03/31/20

What’s that plant? A field test for Plant ID apps

The ability to identify plants and trees was once the sole province of experts such as naturalists, botanists and master gardeners. But with new technology just a download away, anyone can do it. Well, mostly do it. So I...
Jeremy Cox | Bay Journeys Article 04/01/20
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