Cool Outdoor Stuff: A Hawaiian Break with Andrew McCown

Even the greatest lovers of the Chesapeake Bay need a break now and then, and for Captain Andrew McCown of the Echo Hill Outdoor School, that meant taking his family to Hawaii for the first time this past November.

Once settled in, it didn’t take long for Andy to see the wonders of Hawaii. In his latest episode of Cool Outdoor Stuff, he takes us to the land of flora and fauna for a special look for what makes these Pacific Islands so special.

This video is approximately four minutes in length 

Cool Outdoor Stuff with Andrew McCown: Jumpin’ Silversides, Batman!


One of the great marine mysteries, now solved by our intrepid Cool Outdoor Stuff author Cap’n Andrew McCown, is the question of why Atlantic silversides perform circus acts in the Chesapeake Bay.

Tiny as they may be, often elusive, often swarming—the trick is always the right place and time—Atlantic silversides have a thing for floating twigs, and it’s a bit more than a curious nibble.

Videoing these miniature circus leaps is daunting, but if you look close enough after the camera finds its focus, you will witness the moment. don’t blink, you might miss the show!

The Cap’n has a theory. And the Spy is buying into it. Next up, we’re going to try very small rings of fire.

Please excuse the cameraman’s elation.

Cool Outdoor Stuff: Top Eastern Shore Wood for Heating Homes

There is no greater incentive to take a look at the kind of wood you can burn to heat your house when record breaking temperatures have frozen out most of the Eastern Shore this month.  This seems to be on the mind of Echo Hill Outdoor School‘s Andrew McCown in the latest installment of Cool Outdoor Stuff.

As one can predict, each wood comes with different advantages, but they also come with own history and esthetics that only Captain Andy can make captivating.

-DW

This video is approximately six minutes in length. Gibson Anthony is the videographer

Cool Outdoor Stuff: The Chesapeake’s World of Clams

With all the concerns recently related to the health of the Chesapeake Bay’s crab and oyster populations, the Upper Bay’s clams sometimes gets lost in the conversation. While it is important to note that these brackish water clams has no economic impact to speak off, due to the fact that it can only tolerate low levels of salt and therefore is not present bay wide, they are cool nonetheless.

In this latest installment of the Spy’s Cool Outdoor Stuff, Captain Andy McCown from Echo Hill Outdoor School puts the spotlight on the clam world found in the Upper Chesapeake the the wonders found in its survival skills.

This video is approximately five minutes in length. Gibson Anthony is our videographer

Cool Outdoor Stuff: Three or Four Cheers for Shoreline Fish

They might be small, but with extraordinary populations along the Chesapeake Shoreline, and with names like Atlantic Silversides, Mummichogs, Killifish, and Sheepshead minnow, these shoreline fish are one of the great wonders of the region. In the latest installment of Cool Outdoor Stuff, Andy McCown of Echo Hill Outdoor School, hits the edges of the Bay to tell the remarkable story of the shoreline fish world, but also highlights some good ecological news about the Bay and its estuaries.

This video is approximately five minutes in length

Cool Outdoor Stuff: Why We Love Bird Dogs

In this installment of Cool Outdoor Stuff, Andrew McCown of Echo Hill Outdoor School, is back in the field, but this time with his new bird dog Boone. In a case of “this dog can definitely hunt,” Andrew sets Boone off to show off his extraordinary hunting skills.

This video is approximately three minutes. Gibson Anthony is the videographer.

Cool Outdoor Stuff: Winter Wheat with Andrew McCown

Winter wheat is a powerhouse producer for local Eastern Shore farmers, but the story doesn’t stop there. As Echo Hill Outdoor School’s Andrew McCown points out in the latest edition of Cool Outdoor Stuff, this remarkably resilient crop plays many roles in the life of the Shore and the businesses that depend on it.

This video is approximately three minutes long.

Videography by Gibson Anthony 

Cool Outdoor Stuff: The Real Maryland Terrapins

Every fall, the University of Maryland Terrapins defend the state’s honor in football to the thrill of millions of fans, but Cool Outdoor Stuff’s Andrew McCown is the real diamondback terrapin fanboy. In this episode, the Echo Hill Outdoor School‘s associate director reminds us of the unique turtle, so endemic to the Chesapeake Bay region.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. Videography by John McCown

Cool Outdoor Stuff: Let Us Now Praise Famous Bryozoans

In this episode of Cool Outdoor Stuff, Echo Hill Outdoor School’s Andrew McCown puts the spotlight on the wonders of freshwater Bryozoans on the Eastern Shore. These “moss animals” are not candidates for best-looking species, but they do win our attention with their extraordinary history of survival and reproduction.

The video is approximately two minutes in length. Videography by John Andrew McCown

Cool Outdoor Stuff: What Can We Learn From The Beaverkill?

Echo Hill Outdoor School’s Andrew McCown is back with another edition of Cool Outdoor Stuff with videographer Jack Elliott. This time, Andy reflects on a recent fishing trip to the Beaverkill River in the Catskill mountains. The Beaverkill today represents a remarkable success story for ecosystem conservation — nearly depleted after World War II due to over-fishing and bad water quality, the Beaverkill has been carefully managed to grow again into one of the best fisheries in the East. Following up on the Spy’s recent analysis of the Conowingo Dam issues, Andy asks, “What can we learn from the Beaverkill?”

The video is four minutes long.