From August 9-13, 2004, a group of teachers from schools in Maryland, Virginia, and DC participated in an intensive week of training on environmental and social issues around the Chesapeake Bay and the Bay of Bengal, as a part of the Two Bays, One World project. The wide range of activities during the week allowed the teachers to explore the subject matter from both scientific and cultural angles:
- Migration patterns of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay;
- Role of invasive species in the local environment;
- Impact of human activities on both bodies of water;
- Historical patterns of flooding in Bangladesh;
- The traditions of Smith Island, Maryland crabbers;
- The role of key species in assessing the health of the environment; and
- Political challenges facing environmental protection efforts.
On August 10, the teachers took a research cruise on the R/V Saxatalis to learn about the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. As a part of the day's events, the teachers assisted in a plankton tow and an analysis of water chemistry results.
In this photo, Eric Marshall of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation shows teachers the migratory patterns of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay.