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Serena McClain

Writer. Conservationist. Progressive provocateur.

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Creatures of Habitat: Lower Patapsco River Valley

The Patapsco River Valley is was first settled by the Piscataway tribes and home to what are crazy historical fish like American shad, alewife and blueback herring. As Europeans moved in, the valley became a hotbed of industrialization with textile and flour mills littering its banks and small mill villages popping up. While traces of much of this history is gone, the modern day valley still provides habitat for thousands of park visitors each year who float the river, picnic along its banks and cast a line for those historic fish. I want my map to illustrate the rich life this river brings to the region and the human and ecological communities it serves.

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