Our Fall 2010 Cover
Congratulations on a great magazine. One thing though: Often it is
hard to determine when and
where a cover photograph was
taken. I don’t see it for the Fall
2010 cover, a beautiful shot of
lush saltmarsh, Spartina alteriflora
with some Spartina patens. I’d
love to know where this is.
—Henry (“Harry”) T. Armistead,
Editor’s note: Thanks, Harry. This gorgeous photograph by Ian
Plant is of a marsh creek, or “gut,” at Smith Island, Maryland.
Our cover images are credited and described on each issue’s
back cover below the return address.—Loren Anne Barnett
Destination: Chesapeake & Delaware Canal
Editor’s note: The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal story in our Fall
2010 issue has received more feedback than any other in the magazine’s history. I was very pleased to hear from many of you that
you were making plans to visit the canal and more than happy to
provide additional information. One particularly interesting note
came from Reid Williamson of Annandale, Virginia. His eighth great-grandfather, Augustine Herman, is credited in the article for being
the brainchild behind connecting the upper Chesapeake with the
Delaware River. Mr. Williamson confirmed this and has several artifacts which he plans to share with the Canal Museum. He also corrected my identification of Herman as Dutch. Mr. Herman, whose
wife was Dutch, was from Czechoslavakia.—Loren Anne Barnett
Erratum: The following Waterkeepers were mistakenly listed in the
last issue of Save the Bay as in support of the Chesapeake Clean
Water Act sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin: Shenandoah
Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper, Anacostia Riverkeeper,
Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper,
and Choptank Riverkeeper. CBF apologizes for the error.
A Royal Turn for Progress
Supporting vital organizations like the Chesapeake Bay
Foundation in our quest to improve our planet is so important.
By donating time and money to worthy causes, we can improve
the quality of life and maintain a suitable environment for future
A prime example is described in the Fall 2010 edition of Save
the Bay, wherein CBF Senior Writer Tom Pelton details the
region’s diminishing population of royal terns. These magnificent
beach-dwelling birds search for isolated islands to call their
home, but rising sea levels and erosion of necessary acreage
are causing the disappearance of natural sandy habitat.
Increased development has also led to other hazardous conditions, including pollution dangers and trash. More garbage
attracts predatory herrying gulls, thereby reducing numbers of
royal terns [in the Bay] even further. Therefore, we need to
quickly turn this situation around. It is essential to protect such
endangered animals and preserve the Chesapeake Bay.
—David Kaliner, Las Vegas, NV
Author’s note: You are so right, David. Thanks for your thoughtful
letter. Protecting the Chesapeake Bay’s dwindling natural
beaches is important not only for royal terns, but also for diamondback terrapin, which need to lay their eggs on soft shorelines. All the best.—Tom Pelton
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