After an inspiring, inaugural Chesapeake Bay Seminar Day last spring and immersive summer experiences, the Chesapeake Bay Fellows returned to campus this fall with wonderful project ideas for this semester. Here are some “sneak previews” to the work of our group this year…
Mark (2016) will be researching blue crabs and studying the rise and fall of their populations. He will focus on issues specific to the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.
Deni, Elise and Alice (2016) are organizing a charity Regatta to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Their event aims to raise awareness through education of issues that impact the Bay as well as funds through donation and participation in the event.
Perry and Austin (2017) will be immersing themselves in oyster growth and economical and environmental impacts of their success. They plan on working with Chris Ludford of Lynnhaven River now an oyster expert. As a capstone to their project, they hope to have an oyster roast fundraiser!
Holly (2017) is organizing a powerful project that will improve education about the Bay in our school community. Holly will be creating small activity books to distribute to lower school students in the Norfolk Academy community.
Will (2017) is going to become an expert on source to sea trips and will organize and plan a trip for the fall of 2016. He will organize the itinerary, plan meals, gear needs and also plans to integrate a stop in Jamestown for some historical context of the bay!
Mackenzi and Katie (2018) will be converting the bulkheads on the Lafayette River into living shoreline communities. They will research healthy living shorelines and construction of living communities.
Hans (2018) will be studying the once populous shad of the Bay. He will learn about the fish life cycle, discover what impacted their populations and predict a restoration plan.
Finn (2018) aspires to learn about water quality of the Bay. He is interested in delving deeper into dead zones and understanding more about storm water runoff.
Will and Christian (2018) will be working together to learn more about the history of the people that have lived on the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. They plan on working with the Barrier Island Center.