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In his poem, “The Brook,” Alfred Tennyson wrote:

“I come from haunts of coot and hern,

I make a sudden sally

And sparkle out among the fern,

To bicker down a valley.”

Ferns crop up all over the watershed, but how much do we really know about them? Test your knowledge here.

1. Approximately how many species of fern and their allies are found in the world?

A. 5,000

B. 10,000

C. 17,000 ...

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Wish list!

It’s the time of year when many of us make wish lists about what we would like to find under our trees. Here are some Chesapeake Bay watershed creatures, and lists of what they might want to find in or under a tree as well as under...

National parks

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. There are almost 100 NPS sites in the Chesapeake watershed, ranging from national parks and trails to historic sites and farms to military parks and memorials....


Bony “skeletons” will be out and about this Halloween, looking for treats. In the natural world, the structure and shape of a creature’s bones influence the physical “tricks,” or adaptations, that help it...


Lightning strikes thousands of people every year. Those struck directly by lightning usually die. Take this quiz and use what you learn from it to help avoid becoming one of lightning’s unfortunate victims. Answers are below. 1....

The hands have it!

Evolution can be quite handy, literally. The front paws, fins, feet or the equivalent for each of the Chesapeake creatures below are adapted to meet its needs. Can you match the animal to the description of its forelimb or equivalent?...

Pond perfect!

A pond provides food, shelter and water for the plant and animals listed here. Can you match each with its description? Answers below. Beaver Bluegill Common snapping turtle Duckweed Green heron Spotted aalamander Water...

Bald eagles!

How much do you know about our nation’s national bird, the bald eagle? Take this quiz to find out. To watch a live eagle nest, visit the Pennsylvania "Nest Cam," which covers a bald eagles' nest near Hanover, PA, during the winter...


The weather outside is frightful, but snow is so delightful to play in! Be sure to dress properly. Warm, dry mittens or gloves on one’s hands and footgear will help to prevent frostbite and related conditions. Take this quiz and...

Feast on This!

Normally, we offer up thanksgiving for the feast this time of year. This quiz offers up thanksgiving for those who feast on species or things that are often unwelcome. Can you match the predator with its feast? Common Green Darner Corn...


This quiz is not for the faint of stomach. But think of how horrible our stomachs would feel if we could not vomit when we have eaten something that is bad for us or too much food for our body to handle. Throwing up, or regurgitation, also...


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