• Historical Sign of Chesapeake Winter, the Canvasback, Still Brightens the Bay

    4 monthes ago - By National Geographic

    Hundreds of canvasback ducks flock to open water on a cold winter morning on Chesapeake Bay.
    “They came back,” says biologist Donald Webster. “This year.” His voice has a wistful note, wondering if the king of ducks, as the beautiful, crimson-headed canvasback is known, will return to rule Chesapeake Bay again next winter.
    In parka, gloves and hat, Webster, waterfowl coordinator for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources , raises his binoculars near a seawall that runs along the Choptank River near Cambridge, Maryland. The lookout where the Choptank meets the Chesapeake is a mecca...
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