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See photo contest winners

     Alan Wilder’s photo of a cormorant trying to snatch another bird’s fish won first place in Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 2019 Save the Bay photo contest. The win earns him a coveted spot in the organization’s 2020 calendar.          The annual contest promotes awareness of conservation issues related to the Bay, so all photos include a body of water within the watershed.

Weapon for the blue cat invasion: Your skillet

        It’s been a stealthy arrival, but they’re here, those voracious blue catfish. Like snakeheads, the Chinese invaders menacing the Chesapeake Bay watershed, blue catfish have climbed to alarming proportions.          The threat they pose by outcompeting other species is another story, but herein we describe one effort — by University of Maryland Extension — to cope.

Population highest since 2012

      Callinectes sapidus, our beautiful swimmers, seem to be thriving on moderate winters in a healthier Bay. The Chesapeake is full of more crabs than in any year since 2012, according to winter’s annual whole-Bay census, taken by the University of Maryland Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and the Virginia Institute of Marine Biology.

Thanks to Helena Scher for helping Bay Weekly readers propogate butterfly-loving plants

       It takes just one person to plant a seed of change.          This spring, Helena Scher of Millersville has taken on that Johnny Appleseed role for the planting of milkweed.          “We had a nice crop last summer,” Scher says of her backyard common milkweed. “Many butterflies visited.”

Leash up your pet for annual SPCA Walk for the Animals

      Spring has finally broken through with warmer days urging us all to get outside. Know who else would like to get out more? Your dog.          So grab the leashes and head to Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis Sunday May 5 for the annual Walk for the Animals.          Last year, more than 2,200 guests showed their support for the Anne Arundel County SPCA at the walk.

Find more fun on updated water trail maps

      Finding a place to put your boat in the water is a little easier this spring, thanks to the passionate paddlers who have mapped it out for you.

These sailors don’t need a boat, or a partner, to get out on the water

     Lora Dania was divorced and sailing mostly with couples when she checked out a group called Singles on Sailboats. “I wasn’t looking for a dating club,” she says. “I just wanted to get out on the water.” 

This is the place sailors meet their dreamboats

      The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, April 26 to 28 at City Dock, features more than 70 boats in the water and on land. Most are ready to go for your sailing adventures this season. You can buy on the spot and probably get a good deal. Or you can shop, compare, dream and learn about charter and boat-sharing options.

You won’t want to miss the ­Southern Maryland Celtic Festival

     Like the village that rises out of the mists in Scotland every hundred years in the 1954 movie Brigadoon, a park in St. Leonard comes alive with the sounds, smells and sights of the oldest Celtic celebration in Maryland.        But for just one day.       On that single day, Saturday, April 27, the annual Southern Maryland Celtic Festival at Jefferson Patterson Park resounds with bagpipes, drums, fiddles and celebration.

Stock up on their favorite foods

      “Obsessed with food, caterpillars are a mouth attached to a stomach.” –Sharmon Apt Russell, An Obsession with Butterflies         Why would anyone buy a plant that a worm is going to devour?