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Chesapeake Almanac

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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 in the spring and the geese in the fall. The cruising sailor drinking morning coffee while anchored in a quiet cove will learn why a great blue heron stalks the shallows in summer; the canoeist will discover when to look for wild marsh flowers. ABOUT JOHN PAGE WILLIAMS Raised in Richmond, John Page Williams retired in 2019 from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation after a long career working as a naturalist and field educator on streams, creeks, rivers, and the open Bay throughout the Chesapeake watershed in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. As he has also done for many years, he continues to review powerboats and write on fishing and environmental issues for Boating Magazine, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, and Virginia Wildlife Magazine. These readings are from John Page Williams, Jr.'s book, Chesapeake Almanac: Following the Bay through the Seasons. The publication is available in print at http://amazon.com/Chesapeake-Almanac-Following-Through-Seasons/dp/0870334492 (Amazon.com). Content copyright © John Page Williams, Jr. All rights reserved. Find out more about the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at https://www.cbf.org (www.cbf.org).
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December: Miocene Fossils
Dec 22 2021
6 mins
December: Miocene FossilsDecember: Muskrats and Winter MarshesDecember: Swan TimeDecember: The "Other" MollusksNovember: OystersNovember: Diatoms - Cold-Water Jewel Boxes
In this episode of Chesapeake Almanac, John Page Williams introduces us to a group of microscopic plants that live in the Bay thrive over the fall and winter. Diatoms--microscopic algae--are stunningly abundant this time of year. In Edwardian England, those interested in natural history made a hobby of collecting diatoms, looking at them under a microscope and marveling at their complex shapes, which have been referred to as "intricately carved glass jewel boxes." But those intricate designs are more than stunning to look at. They play an important role in the organism's survival. Listen now and learn more with John Page. https://www.cbf.org/news-media/multimedia/podcasts/chesapeake-almanac/podcast-november-diatoms-transcript.html (TRANSCRIPT) Subscribe to Chesapeake Almanac, find us on your favorite podcast platform, or visit our podcast page at https://www.cbf.org/ChesapeakeAlmanac (https://www.cbf.org/ChesapeakeAlmanac). Chesapeake Almanac is provided by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Saving the Bay through Education, Advocacy, Litigation, and Restoration. Find out more about our work to save the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed's rivers and streams, and what you can do to help, at https://www.cbf.org (https://www.cbf.org). These readings are from John Page Williams, Jr.'s book, Chesapeake Almanac: Following the Bay through the Seasons. The publication is available in print at https://www.amazon.com/Chesapeake-Almanac-Following-Through-Seasons/dp/0870334492/ref=sr_1_1 (Amazon.com). Support this podcast
Nov 17 2021
6 mins
November: Loons - Fall's Finest Fishermen?November: Menhaden Migrations
Where do the menhaden go as they get older? And how do we know? Tagging fish that are caught by the tens of thousands requires an ingenious system. What about winter migrations? In this episode, John Page shares observations of scientists and watermen about the most important fish in the sea. [To find out why menhaden are considered "the most important fish in the sea," go to our video at https://www.cbf.org/news-media/multimedia/video/why-are-menhaden-the-most-important-fish-in-the-sea.html (https://www.cbf.org/news-media/multimedia/video/why-are-menhaden-the-most-important-fish-in-the-sea.html)] https://www.cbf.org/news-media/multimedia/podcasts/chesapeake-almanac/podcast-november-menhaden-migrations-transcript.html (TRANSCRIPT) Subscribe to https://chesapeake-almanac.captivate.fm/listen (Chesapeake Almanac), find us on your favorite podcast platform, or visit our podcast page at https://www.cbf.org/ChesapeakeAlmanac (https://www.cbf.org/ChesapeakeAlmanac). Chesapeake Almanac is provided by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Saving the Bay through Education, Advocacy, Litigation, and Restoration. Find out more about our work to save the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed's rivers and streams, and what you can do to help, at https://www.cbf.org (https://www.cbf.org). These readings are from John Page Williams, Jr.'s book, Chesapeake Almanac: Following the Bay through the Seasons. The publication is available in print at https://www.amazon.com/Chesapeake-Almanac-Following-Through-Seasons/dp/0870334492/ref=sr_1_1 (Amazon.com). Support this podcast
Nov 3 2021
7 mins
October: River MeandersOctober: Oyster Toadfish: A Success at ParentingOctober: HarvesttimeOctober Travelers: Ospreys and Canada GeeseSeptember: Terns: Bright Sparks of LifeSeptember: Daylight and Water Temperature
Sep 22 2021
5 mins
September: Smartweeds Have Much to Teach
Welcome to Biology class. In this episode, John Page paints a vibrant picture of a high school class learning the skills of observation from aboard canoes in the freshwater marshes of Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge. A closer examination than students expect reveals quite a lot about smartweed (Polygonum punctatum) and tearthumb (Polygonum sagittatum). You just might agree with the closing words of a student, "Gee, I never thought that there could be so much to learn about two little plants." http://www.cbf.org/news-media/multimedia/podcasts/chesapeake-almanac/podcast-smartweeds-have-much-to-teach-transcript.html (TRANSCRIPT) Subscribe to our https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZl3AavpVQS882rCUi-CREBsfPEPgN0mf (Chesapeake Almanac playlist). Or subscribe on your favorite podcast platform or visit our podcast page at https://www.cbf.org/ChesapeakeAlmanac/ (https://www.cbf.org/ChesapeakeAlmanac/). Chesapeake Almanac is provided by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Saving the Bay through Education, Advocacy, Litigation, and Restoration. Find out more about our work to save the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed's rivers and streams, and what you can do to help, at https://www.cbf.org (https://www.cbf.org). These readings are from John Page Williams, Jr.'s book, Chesapeake Almanac: Following the Bay through the Seasons. The publication is available in print at https://www.amazon.com/Chesapeake-Almanac-Following-Through-Seasons/dp/0870334492/ref=sr_1_1 (Amazon.com). Support this podcast
Sep 15 2021
6 mins
September: Cattails and Big CordgrassSeptember: The Wild Rice Is RipeAugust: Bay Marshes at Summer's End
Aug 25 2021
8 mins
August: What Good Are Sea Nettles?
In this episode, you might not get a good answer to this question, but you will find out a lot of interesting things about these pesky creatures. Also called stinging nettle and jellyfish, Chrysaora quinquecirrha are related to corals and sea anemones. Find out how sea nettles reproduce, what weather patterns keep them at bay, and how they function. Find out more on our https://www.cbf.org/about-the-bay/more-than-just-the-bay/chesapeake-wildlife/sea-nettles.html (sea nettles webpage) and our blog, "https://www.cbf.org/blogs/save-the-bay/2021/08/four-surprising-facts-about-Chesapeake-Jellyfish.html (Four Surprising Facts About Chesapeake Jellyfish)." https://www.cbf.org/news-media/multimedia/podcasts/chesapeake-almanac/transcript-what-good-are-sea-nettles-podcast.html (TRANSCRIPT) Subscribe to our https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZl3AavpVQS882rCUi-CREBsfPEPgN0mf (Chesapeake Almanac playlist). Or subscribe on your favorite podcast platform or visit our podcast page at https://www.cbf.org/ChesapeakeAlmanac (https://www.cbf.org/ChesapeakeAlmanac). Chesapeake Almanac is provided by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Saving the Bay through Education, Advocacy, Litigation, and Restoration. Find out more about our work to save the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed's rivers and streams, and what you can do to help, at https://www.cbf.org (https://www.cbf.org). These readings are from John Page Williams, Jr.'s book, Chesapeake Almanac: Following the Bay through the Seasons. The publication is available in print at https://www.amazon.com/Chesapeake-Almanac-Following-Through-Seasons/dp/0870334492/ref=sr_1_1 (Amazon.com). Support this podcast
Aug 18 2021
7 mins
August: A Challenging Month for Osprey Chicks
At eight weeks old, osprey chicks are nearly as large as their parents. But learning the skills they need to fly--indeed, just taking that first step--is a daunting challenge. In this episode, John Page shares the skills these youngsters need to learn before they start their migration to South America late next month. And make sure to listen for his tips on how to spot ospreys in flight. Find out more on our https://www.cbf.org/about-the-bay/more-than-just-the-bay/chesapeake-wildlife/ospreys/ (ospreys webpage), check our https://www.cbf.org/about-the-bay/more-than-just-the-bay/chesapeake-wildlife/ospreys/osprey-cam.html#video (osprey cam), or see our https://www.cbf.org/about-the-bay/more-than-just-the-bay/chesapeake-wildlife/ospreys/osprey-tracking-map/ (historical osprey tracking data) from three osprey migrations. https://www.cbf.org/news-media/multimedia/podcasts/chesapeake-almanac/transcript-a-challenging-month-for-osprey-chicks-podcast.html (TRANSCRIPT) Subscribe to our Chesapeake Almanac playlist https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZl3AavpVQS882rCUi-CREBsfPEPgN0mf (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZl3AavpVQS882rCUi-CREBsfPEPgN0mf). Or subscribe on your favorite podcast platform or visit our podcast page at https://www.cbf.org/ChesapeakeAlmanac (https://www.cbf.org/ChesapeakeAlmanac). Chesapeake Almanac is provided by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Saving the Bay through Education, Advocacy, Litigation, and Restoration. Find out more about our work to save the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed's rivers and streams, and what you can do to help, at https://www.cbf.org (https://www.cbf.org). These readings are from John Page Williams, Jr.'s book, Chesapeake Almanac: Following the Bay through the Seasons. The publication is available in print at https://www.amazon.com/Chesapeake-Almanac-Following-Through-Seasons/dp/0870334492/ref=sr_1_1 (Amazon.com). Content copyright © John Page Williams, Jr. All rights reserved. Support this podcast
Aug 11 2021
8 mins

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