May 2012

Denton Redone » After a long journey up the Choptank River and a throuncing by local trivia hounds, Wendy Mitman Clarke explores quiet Denton, Md., the once-thriving steamboat port that has made great strides in recapturing and showcasing its history.  Read more

9 Days, North » Norfolk photographer Steve Earley has put 1,500 miles under the hull of his hand-built 17-foot yawl, Spartina, since launch-ing her in 2006. This time, accompanied by a longtime friend, he makes a memorable nine-day journey from Onancock, Va., to Chestertown Md.

Food Fight » As regulators prepare new restrictions on the harvest of Atlantic menhaden, scientists, watermen, sportfishers and Reedville's biggest employer all weigh in on the issue, says Michael W. Fincham. And if ospreys and rockfish had a say in the matter, surely it would be, "More menhaden, please."  Read more

Bypoints : The "Aahs" Have It
A perfect spring afternoon, birds singing, blossoms blossoming, a boat waiting for you at the slip. . . . What is there to say, other than aah? Read more

Marina Hopping : One-Upmanship
Jody Argo Schroath visits Rock Hall's enormously popular Haven Harbour Marina, which could easily rest its laurels but doesn't. Every year it makes a point of outdoing itself.

Cruise of the Month :  Soft Side of a Grim Old Fortress
Now open to the general public, Old Point Comfort Marina is the perfect place to make camp while touring historic Fort Monroe—where Jody Argo Schroath comes across some rather interesting memorials.

Bay Journal : Northern Flicker's Song
After hearing the call of a northern flicker during a spring walk in the woods, Michael Burke reflects on the nature of birdsong. This woodpecker's strident springtime call is a sound that only a mother, or a potential mate, could love.

Bay Journal : Hard Times Ahead for Eelgrass
Rising water temperatures and continuing water quality problems mean trouble for the Bay's once abundant eelgrass beds. By Carrie Madren.