February 2008

Taking the Long View »Taylors Island, Md. is a quiet spot blessed with plenty of wildlife for hunters, good folks for some nice conversation and karaoke, and one unbelievable view, says Jane Meneely. And things are looking good for this unspoiled Eastern Shore island to stay that way.

Limulus Lately » Limulus polyphemus, more commonly known as the horseshoe crab, has been around for hundreds of millions of years. And it's still going strong--thanks to recent harvest caps, prolific spawning practices and blue blood that keeps it resilient. Read this article

Chesapeake Portfolio: The Composer » Highlights of Virginia photographer Scott Sullivan's black-and-white Bay photography.

Critical Areas » Now more than 20 years old, the Maryland Critical Area Protection Act prohibits development on land too close to the water. But is it working? A lot of people, on both sides of the debate, say no. But maybe that means it is working. By J. V. Reistrup.

From the Editor
Lucky Horseshoe » Once you've seen them coldheartedly chopped up as bait, it's hard to be anything but sympathetic to horseshoe crabs. Read this article

Nautical Know-How
Loud and Clear » There are a lot of choices out there when you're shopping for a new VHF, says Frank Lanier. Here are tips for choosing your equipment and installing it yourself.

Marina Hopping 
Channeling the Past » En route to the Delaware Bay, Pat Meneely stops at the Delaware City Marina, once a hub of the C&D Canal and now a friendly stopover near a historic fort.

Cruise of the Month
The History Behind the Mystery » Diana Prentice visits the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center to hike SERC's nature trails and discover the historic significance of a pair of relic chimneys that had mystified her on a previous visit. Read this article

Me & My Boat 
Return of the Zane Grey » Tom Richardson's beloved boat had been wasting away in the yard, awaiting a trip to the dump when a friendly boat angel rescued it from its ultimate demise.

Angler's Almanac
The Goods on GPS
»Nowadays GPS units are both affordable and high-tech, says John Page Williams. And when you add features like radar and DSC, well, there's practically nothing you can't do.

Horton at Large 
A Bay Turned Upside Down » Tom Horton contemplates a Bay where oysters are independently grown for restoration and commercial uses. And where watermen will have to choose between harvesting for science or harvesting for commerce.

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