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Join retired Chesapeake Bay Foundation Senior Naturalist John Page Williams every Wednesday for inside accounts of our Bay’s creatures and seasonal events. Follow the Bay through the seasons. Williams' fascinating natural history will enable those who love the Chesapeake to tune in to life around the Bay. The fishing enthusiast will discover things that help him or her catch more bluefish or white perch; the bird watcher and the hiker will learn when to look for the appearance of the ospreys ...
 
Chesapeake Shores After Show Podcast recaps, reviews and discusses episodes of Hallmark Channel's Chesapeake Shores. Show Summary: High-powered career woman Abby O'Brien has made it out of her hometown of Chesapeake Shores and into the big city — New York. When the divorced mother of twins takes a trip home, she is confronted with people from her past — including high school sweetheart Trace, uncompromising father Mick and esteemed grandmother Nell.
 
Dive into the troubled waters of one of the most magnificent estuaries in the world. The Fateful Tale of Chesapeake Bay is a 4-part podcast that brings you the re-telling of 160 years of ecological and social history as seen through the eyes of 2 artists trying to piece it all together. Visual artist Judith Anketell and theatre maker Miriam Gould present this tale in the only way they can, interweaving the science with song, poetry and sound, to give perspective on the changing face of natur ...
 
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Every predator fish over four inches long eats grass shrimp with relish. That makes them not only an important species in the Bay food web, but also good bait. In this episode, John Page shares anglers' secrets--where to find these small crustaceans and how to use them to catch your preferred fin fish. Not interested in fishing? He also explains ho…
 
Chesapeake Bay blue crabs can be found in both Maryland and Virginia waters, though some say Maryland crabs taste sweeter. There's reason for that. There's also a reason that when tropical storm Agnes hit the Bay area in 1972, it didn't result in a massive loss of crab larvae that the prevailing theories predicted. For nearly 10 years a broad team …
 
Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) are low on the food chain. In fact, it has been said their high levels of protein and oil, their abundance, defenselessness, and dense schooling habit make them virtually designed to be eaten by larger fish in the Chesapeake Bay. But each year hundreds of millions of pounds of these fish (also called bunker, alewife, …
 
Eelgrass is one of only a handful of flowering plants that can live submerged full-time in salt water. It's an important habitat for small fish, shrimp, and all sizes of crabs. In this episode, John Page shares the story of a young family's first experience investigating the wonders of eelgrass beds and their importance to the Chesapeake Bay. Trans…
 
For most of us, summer is high season on the Bay. Whatever we do, whether fishing or crabbing or cruising, this is our favorite time on the water. In any season, what we do on the Bay is a strong reflection of what is happening in the Bay. And summer's weather pattern-- with hot temperatures, low rainfall, and less wind--has a number of effects on …
 
In this episode, John Page Williams shares some fabulous facts about one of the Chesapeake's best-loved birds, the great blue hero (Ardea herodias), as well as eight other heron species which make their homes in our region. The Chesapeake has a rich community of herons, but their greatest threat is their need for isolated, protected, mature woodlan…
 
Are rays fish? What is the difference between rays and skates? What are the dangers of catching rays? How do you catch one safely? Can you eat them? John Page Williams answers these and other questions about Chesapeake Bay dwelling cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) on this episode of Chesapeake Almanac. Please rate and review, it really helps us to…
 
During a 24- to 30-month life span, a blue crab will molt over 20 times. What goes on inside the animal to trigger the shedding of it's entire shell? And what does it mean for the crab, and for the crabbers who do business in soft crabs? John Page Williams sheds light on both the human and critter stories. Please rate and review, it really helps us…
 
Walkerton, Virginia is 58 miles from the Chesapeake Bay, and the Mattaponi River running through it is completely fresh water, making it easy to forget it has any connection to the Bay at all. But it has an interesting claim to fame--it has the highest average daily tide change of any location on the Chesapeake. How does such a distant, freshwater …
 
Did you know cattails are edible? Besides being important as food and habitat to birds, mammals, insects, and fish, they can have a place in your pantry. In this episode, John Page Williams talks about the different ways to enjoy two species of cattails common to Chesapeake Bay country. Please rate and review, it really helps us to spread these sea…
 
May is the beginning of horseshoe crab spawning season on the Chesapeake Bay. They come into the shallows by the thousands to breed and lay their eggs. They are the oldest animal design with which we have contact in the Chesapeake. In this episode, John Page Williams takes a look at the reproductive cycle and history of these curious critters. Plea…
 
You can start finding diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) around the Chesapeake Bay region in May, when they emerge from their winter hibernation under the mud to mate and simply absorb spring's warmth and sunshine. In this episode, John Page Williams shares the species' history along the Chesapeake and the challenges they continue to face.…
 
The well-stocked Chesapeake is home to a lot of fishing birds. In creeks and coves with high, sandy, wooded banks and shallow flats full of tasty little fish, the dominant fisher is the belted kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon). John Page Williams provides insights into what makes these brightly colored birds such successful fishers. Please rate and re…
 
April is a turning point for migrating birds, and the flow of life through the Chesapeake is heavy. It's the time for spotting some small travelers coming from as far south as Patagonia, at the southern tip of South American. While some stay for the summer, others are here for just a short time as they continue on as far north as British Columbia. …
 
The Chesapeake region is home to a broad variety of turtles. The most common species, however, is the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina serpentina). At first glance they are ugly and mean. But there's more to them than a sour face. In this episode, John Page shares insights into this local reptile's disposition, versatility, and more. Ple…
 
By far the most common snake along the Chesapeake's rivers and marshes, the water snake (Natrix sipedon) is often mistaken for other species of venomous snake. But just because they are nonvenomous doesn't mean they should be trifled with. Transcript Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform or visit our single subscription page at https://chesap…
 
The common loon (Gavia immer) returns to the Chesapeake in late February and March, resplendent in dramatic, iridescent breeding plumage. You'll see these remarkable divers around the Bay from now until early May. Transcript Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform or visit our single subscription page at https://chesapeake-almanac.captivate.fm/…
 
The fish-eating double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is the only cormorant species that appears commonly on the Chesapeake Bay. March is an especially good month for early migrants, as the Bay's fish populations are beginning to stir. Chesapeake Almanac is provided by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Saving the Bay through Education, Adv…
 
In the penultimate episode of this 4-part podcast, Judith and Miriam finally join the prey and predator in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. They try to unpick the intricacy of the marine ecosystem of the estuary, and the human lives that depend on the health of its waters.由Anketell and Gould
 
In the second episode of this 4-part podcast, Miriam and Judith sink into the deeper waters of the Bay to explore the seabed, the marine life that it sustains and the fragile ecosystem of which it is a part. What makes a deadzone? What is the seabed thinking? And what do trees have to do with any of this?…
 
In the first episode of this 4-part season, 2 long-lost friends find one another and begin to unravel the history and ecological decline of one of the world's most magnificent estuaries, Chesapeake Bay. Judith lays out our journey and Miriam delves into the Oyster Wars.由Anketell and Gould
 
The new Netflix series Sweet Magnolias showrunner, Sheryl Anderson and director and co-executive producer Norman Buckley give us all the Serenity for this inspired show! Based on the series of Sweet Magnolias novels, by author Sherryl Woods, showrunner, Sheryl Anderson and director and co-executive producer Norman Buckley, join the official Sweet M…
 
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