Bay Ecology II

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Bay Ecology II
Science Course
Course CodeBAC2
Year of Operation1997
Sites OfferedCHS
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Course Description

From the CTY Course Catalog (1997):

This course offers students who have completed CTY Bay Ecology or an equivalent school-based curriculum, the opportunity to continue their study of the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding watershed focusing on specific topics including political, economic, and social issues regarding the Bay, the land, and the people who live and work in the surrounding regions.

Human activity continues to threaten the vulnerable ecosystems in this estuary. These wetlands--long considered wastelands--have had their channels dredged, marshes and tidal flats filled, water polluted, and shorelines reconstructed to accommodate housing, transportation, and agriculture needs. As the demands imposed on the natural resources of this area increase, so too does the importance of protecting the resources.

Individually and in small groups, students investigate and research specific topics such as: water quality, estuarine ecosystems, nutrient dynamics, stream and wetland communities, habitat studies of migratory birds, species diversity, restoration projects, or legal issues and avenues.