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Since prehistoric times, they have swum the depths of our nearby ocean. Then, they became an internationally sought-after delicacy. Join us as we check in on the fascinating Atlantic Sturgeon.

In the Chesapeake Bay, healthy oyster reefs perform much like coral reefs in the ocean, providing critical habitat for dozens of species and – as an added bonus – oyster  beds make a big difference to the quality of the water around them. Listen in!

They aren’t from this area, but they have certainly made themselves comfortable along our shores. Learn more about the adaptable, carnivorous cormorant not at home around the Chesapeake Bay. 

Trafficked Animals

Oct 15, 2019
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International pet trade is a multi-billion dollar business that sees millions of animals transferred from place to place each year, but not all of this trade is legal. So, what happens when illegally traded animals are intercepted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service? Listen to learn more.

You may not be able to dance, but you do have rhythm. All humans have rhythm. It is the circadian clock, a 24-hour cycle that regulates our sleep-wake timing and other physiological processes.

It is our response to our relationship with a star: The sun. All of nature has a rhythm, too.

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Single-use plastic bags are a lightweight product that produce a heavy environmental burden. As Baltimore City pursues a “bag ban”, listen to learn more about the conservation challenges posed by the production and use of plastic shopping bags.

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Monarchs are perhaps the most notable species of butterfly, but their populations are also one of the most threatened. However, thanks to conservation efforts across North America—including right here in Baltimore—habitat is being restored for the majestic monarch.

Pharmaceuticals

Sep 17, 2019

We often talk about the link between our health and the health of our ocean, but listen to earn about some of the amazing solutions to human medical concerns found in the deep.

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Dart frogs' rainforest homes are in great risk from the activities of humans. John has more. 

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Whales in Mid-Atlantic Waters: Thought rarely seen, several species of whales regularly make their way through Mid-Atlantic waters and, in some cases, they could use some thoughtful help from humans! Listen in to learn more.

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John tells us about The National Aquarium's efforts to restore populations of elk horn coral, an ecologically important reef-building species that is considered endangered.

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Henry David Thoreau once said “we can never have enough of nature.” For the Aquarium Conservation Team, this is most certainly true of our work with our partners on behalf of the Atlantic white cedar. Listen in to find out why we’ve worked to plant nearly 40,000 of these special trees over the past ten years.

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If you have ever spent an afternoon on a mid-Atlantic beach marveling at dolphins so close you could swim to them, listen in to learn more about the habits, patterns and status of bottlenose dolphins.

Atlantic Sturgeon

Aug 5, 2019
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Since prehistoric times, they have swum the depths of our nearby ocean. Then, they became an internationally sought-after delicacy. Join us as we check in on the fascinating Atlantic Sturgeon.

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As part of our continuing look at life in the Inner Harbor, learn more about northern water snakes and the important role they play in this ecosystem. 

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If you’re wondering how you can make a difference in the fight against climate change, meaningful change is as close as your next meal. Learn how to “eat green” with us.

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Summer is here, and over 60 million Americans are beach bound. Take a listen to learn some simple, helpful suggestions for leaving the beach better than you found it. 

As part of our continuing look at life in and around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, we’re learning about mallards. Listen in to find out how they support plant life and a diverse waterfront ecosystem. 

The Chesapeake Bay, our nation’s largest estuary, is teeming with life of all sorts and sizes, which begs the question: are there sharks in the Bay? Listen to find out more.

Sawfish (Encore)

Jun 25, 2019
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Listen in to learn about the long tooth sawfish, a critically endangered but seriously fascinating member of the elasmobranch family.

Sea Level Rise

Jun 18, 2019
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When it comes to climate change, what will happen if the human race simply does nothing and continues down our current path? Unfortunately it's not good, and some of the first effects of that indifference will be felt right here in Maryland starting with the phenomenon of sea level rise. 

Poplar Island

Jun 11, 2019
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Islands in the Chesapeake Bay are disappearing. More than 500 islands that once existed on the Bay are no longer there. But there are some stories of hope...

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A complex and delicate connection exists between Atlantic horseshoe crabs and a threatened migratory bird called the Rufa Red Knot in nearby Delaware Bay. Hear how human-induced issues such as coastal development, sea level rise and climate change, have put the ties that bind them in jeopardy.

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It’s consistently astonishing to me how much of an impact we humans have on our native species. Our decisions to develop and farm lands, level forests, and hunt can have a wide-reaching impact on plants and animals alike. This is especially true for the top predators, who rely on a finely-tuned natural web of other species to survive.

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Perhaps they’ve never held your attention, but a healthy system of bay grasses provide critical habitat and are crucial to the resiliency and well-being of the Chesapeake Bay. Listen to learn more!  

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Interested in saving your local waterways? You can help by protecting and restoring forest habitat in your area whether you live in urban or rural areas.  

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City lights are beautiful, but they pose specific challenges to migrating birds. Listen in to hear what Baltimore is doing to protect the species that travel this way and how you can help!

Oyster Reefs

Apr 30, 2019
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In the Chesapeake Bay, healthy oyster reefs perform much like coral reefs in the ocean, providing critical habitat for dozens of species and – as an added bonus – oyster  beds make a big difference to the quality of the water around them. Listen in!

Masonville Eagle

Apr 24, 2019
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A pair of nesting bald eagles have taken up residence in South Baltimore at Masonville Cove, our nations first Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. Listen in to learn more!

Grey Seal Research

Apr 18, 2019
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National Aquarium staff are involved in a wide range of research studies, and this winter, members of National Aquarium Animal Rescue helped gather data for a multiyear study of grey seals in Massachusetts that has an interesting tie to human health.

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