Research Update: Dolphins give birth in Potomac River and other discoveries

Research Update: Dolphins give birth in Potomac River and other discoveries

Our partners at the Potomac-Chesapeake Dolphin Project have been out surveying the bottlenose dolphin population in the lower Potomac River all summer.

We joined them recently to hear what about they’ve learned this research season, sightings of newly named Mac and Chessie, and one very adorable discovery…

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Staff Picks: 6 Books to Read by the River

Staff Picks: 6 Books to Read by the River

At Potomac Conservancy, we think the river is the best classroom or teacher anyone could ask for this back-to-school season. But while you’re enjoying a fall breeze by the water, why not read a book that strengthens your connection with it?

For those of us that love to learn, here are six of our favorite non-fiction works that celebrate the wildlife, waters, and wonders of the Potomac Watershed and beyond.

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6 types of trash that harm local animals

6 types of trash that harm local animals

The Potomac Watershed is one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the country, home to over 1,000 species of animals. Unfortunately, litter is a huge threat to the local critters that call the Potomac River home.

Discover 6 types of trash that pose the biggest risk to local wildlife.

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Ask An Expert: What to do when you encounter wildlife

Ask An Expert: What to do when you encounter wildlife

The leaves are changing, the air is cooler, you’re taking a crisp autumn stroll by the river…and you come across a fawn all by itself. Does it need your help?

What if you come across a large buck, opossum, fledgling bird, or potentially venomous snake? Any of these interactions are possible in the fall and, while thrilling, could be dangerous for yourself or the animal. But don’t fear! We asked the experts from Second Chance Wildlife Center how to deal with many common local species.

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4 Facts You *OTTER* Know About Otters

4 Facts You *OTTER* Know About Otters

The Potomac River is home to one of the most adorable aquatic animals- the river otter. Otters around the world have faced centuries of decline due to hunting, trapping, and habitat loss. But our local species is on the rebound.

Do you know how else river otters differ from their sea otter cousins? Discover their quirks, unique habits, and when and where you might be able to spot one in the wild! (Also, cute photos, of course).

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Ask the Expert: What do we know about the Dolphins in the Potomac River?

Ask the Expert: What do we know about the Dolphins in the Potomac River?

The Potomac River is our backyard, drinking fountain, and playground. But did you know it is also the summer home and breeding ground for some Atlantic bottlenose dolphins?

As dolphins are currently returning to our waters, learn from expert Ann-Marie Jacoby of the Potomac-Chesapeake Dolphin Project about the history, lives, and behaviors of dolphins in the area.

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Top threats to native fish in the Potomac River

Top threats to native fish in the Potomac River

The Potomac River is home to dozens of species of fish — from largemouth bass to migratory shad. Fish can be thought of as "indicator species" for the overall health of the river because they are impacted by a host of environmental factors. 

Though several of the Potomac's fish populations are making a comeback, they aren't in the clear yet. Find out what's harming our local fisheries and how you can help. 

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The Potomac is trashed with plastic litter - Here are the top 5 plastics we're finding

The Potomac is trashed with plastic litter - Here are the top 5 plastics we're finding

The Potomac Gorge is home to over 1,000 species of animals, making it one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the country. Unfortunately, litter is a significant threat to the local critters that call the Potomac River home.

Discover the most commons types of plastic litter that are harming local critters and find out how you can help.

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Potomac Conservancy protects 270-acre upstream forest

Potomac Conservancy protects 270-acre upstream forest

Nestled on the outskirts of Cross Junction, Virginia, Bear Garden's 270-acres of streams, open spaces, and sprawling forests have been home to Carl Hovermale’s family for over one hundred years. And with Potomac Conservancy's help, this treasured land is now protected forever.

Explore Bear Garden and discover 3 reasons why protecting it is good news for clean water.

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An increase in bald eagles signals the Potomac’s health is improving, but animal biodiversity is slower to rebuild

An increase in bald eagles signals the Potomac’s health is improving, but animal biodiversity is slower to rebuild

Few things are more patriotic than a soaring bald eagle. And now you don’t have to go far to spot one, as George Mason University instructor Christina Tyler Wenks reports. Improving water quality is bringing the national bird back to the capital region. But what about other wildlife?

Find out where you can catch a glimpse of a bald eagle and learn how you can do your part to help local wildlife.

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Where did all the eels go? Why the Potomac River needs this slippery friend.

Where did all the eels go? Why the Potomac River needs this slippery friend.

Eels: a slimy, snake-like fish most of us would rather not think about.

But, as it turns out, eels are an unlikely weapon in the fight against pollution, and scientists are working to return them to a stretch of river they’ve been blocked from for a century.

Learn more about the unappreciated eel and what’s being done to restore them to the Potomac.

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Get Your Hands Dirty for Clean Water... and Wildlife!

Get Your Hands Dirty for Clean Water... and Wildlife!

The Potomac Gorge is home to over 1,000 species of animals, making it one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the country. Unfortunately, litter is a significant threat to the local critters that call the Potomac River home.

Learn more about 5 commons types of litter that harm our local critters and what you can do to help.

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