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The Poultry Problem

Since the 1950s many parts of the Eastern Shore have been transformed into large poultry operations.  This shift has saved many farmers from bankruptcy and has boosted the economy throughout the area.  These poultry operations also bring with them a … Continue reading

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A Common Goal

Throughout the semester we have heard opinion after opinion of how to save the oyster population.  At the end of the day everyone wants to save the oysters, yet watermen, environmental groups, the government and citizens of waterfront communities disagree … Continue reading

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Two Fisheries

While in Peru we learned a great deal about the anchovetta fishery along its coast.  This fish is a large source of jobs and economy in these communities and has been for years.  Unfortunately very little of this fishery is … Continue reading

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Ecology and Economy: Kent Island

Today we met with Jay Falstad, the executive director of Queen Anne’s Conservation Association.  QACA is the oldest conservation organization in the Eastern Shore and was formed by a group of residents in 1971.  We focused on discussing one of … Continue reading

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All For a Glass of Milk

We begin the day at the Jone’s Family Farm, a dairy farm known for their progressive environmental farming.  The operation runs twenty four hours a day, with 1,200 heifers being milked three times a day.  Before stepping foot off the … Continue reading

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Isolation and Culture

Definition after definition, no matter where you look or who you ask, states the word island as land surrounded by water.  By constricting this word to its physical characteristics we lose an important aspect.  The key to an island is … Continue reading

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Guano: The Chesapeake and Peru

Today Maryland has eleven plants that manufacture fertilizer and sixteen other plants that blend fertilizer, none of which use guano as part of their product. While absent from modern products, guano was once a common import into the ports of … Continue reading

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