Chesapeake Almanac

Naturalist John Page Williams goes beneath the surface to tell you what the Chesapeake Bay’s wildlife is up to.

Sturgeon Moon

An ancient fish makes a comeback

September 15, 2019

Good Neighbors

A solid oyster reef takes teamwork.

July 23, 2019

Reading the Signs

Let’s go where the river otters go. By John Page Williams Have you seen round five-toed tracks on the beach,…

June 29, 2019

Spring Feeding

How the Bay becomes the storage cell and pantry for renewal and life.  By John Page Williams March 20 will…

March 26, 2019


Long-tail sea ducks mark the arrival of winter on the Bay.

December 15, 2018

The Magnificent Gannets

November in this part of the Bay will turn anyone into an avid birdwatcher.

November 12, 2018

Fall Turnover

The seasonal churn of wind and water that fuels the BayBy John Page WilliamsFor most of us, it’s easier to…

September 13, 2018

Delighting in the Swamp

When late summer turns to early fall, the Bay’s marshes and swamps are simply lovely.

August 9, 2018

“I Believe I Can Fly!”

Young ospreys learn survival skillsBy John Page WilliamsIf you spend any time around an osprey nest this month, you’ll notice…

July 6, 2018

Southern Exposure

By John Page Williams A bunch of years ago, when I was running school field trips every day with a…

February 22, 2018