Table of Contents
Introduction | First the Facts | Watershed Profiles | Game Break! | Credits & Contact Information

an Internet directed task by
Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones
Library Media/Technology Specialist
Murray Hill Middle School, Howard County Maryland

In this activity you will be using several bay-related sites created by the Chesapeake Bay Program to collect information, facts, and statistics about the health and well being of Marylandís greatest resource.  Use your worksheet that matches this page to write down your answers. There are some trick questions, so make sure to read the directions and information carefully. At the end you will also be playing some bay-related games and solving some puzzles. Have Fun!

First the Facts!
According to the Chesapeake Bay Program website About the Bay: Did You  Know, the Chesapeake Bay is the largest of ______________ estuaries in the United States.

What the heck is an estuary? Go to the Glossary and find out! (hint: click the letter E!)  In your own words write what it is on your worksheet.

Going back to the page About the Bay: Did You Know, fill in the following statistics:

The Bay supports more than ______________ species of plants, fish and animals, including _______________ species of finfish, __________ species of shellfish, an over _______________ plant species.

The Chesapeake is a commercial and recreational resource for the more than _____ million people who live in its basin.  The Bay produces _____________ million pounds of seafood per year.

The Bay is about ___________________ miles long, stretching from Havre de Grace, MD to Norfolk, VA.  The Bay's width ranges from 3.4 miles near Aberdeen, MD to 35 miles near the mouth of the Potomac River.

The Chesapeake is home to ________ species of waterfowl and is a major resting ground along the Atlantic Migratory Bird Flyway.  Every year, _____ million waterfowl winter in the Bay's basin.

The Chesapeake Bay watershed includes parts of six states and the entire District of Columbia.
List those 6 states on your worksheet.

What is a Watershed?  Where are you in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed?
If youíre a citizen of Maryland you belong to one! Read about the Watershed, scroll down to Find Your Watershed, put in your zip code then click FIND. This will tell you which parts of the watershed you belong to!  List the top 3 on your worksheet:

Take a GAME BREAK! Go toÖ

Take the quick Bay Quiz, try the Match Game or Fish Pieces
or go on a Bay Safari!
And finally, on this pageÖcheck out the 
What is it?  Write your answer on your worksheet.

Credits & Contact Information:

any questions, comments or suggestions
feel free to email me!