As the days grow shorter and cooler, the skies fill with birds migrating to warmer climates for the winter. The Chesapeake Bay watershed lies in a major migration path known as the Atlantic Flyway. Mountain chains to the west and the Atlantic Coast to the east channel millions of migrating birds through the Bay region. Among these fall travelers are eagles, hawks and falcons, commonly known as raptors.
The newest tool to get more farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to inject their manure into, rather than onto, their fields was trotted out this summer with a team of eight draft horses.
When David Folkerts returned from the Iraq war in 2005, learning to fly fish wasn’t exactly the first thing on his mind. He had nearly lost his left arm due to an injury sustained from a bomb blast and, after surgery, was sent to recover at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. So when retired Navy Capt. Ed Nicholson approached Folkerts at the hospital, asking if he wanted to join a group of other wounded veterans on a fly-fishing trip, he was hesitant to say yes.