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Old Seagull noticed a sadness falling upon his part of the great Chesapeake Bay. He gathered Osprey, Bluefish, and Eagle at the Lighthouse to learn what was wrong. The humans were taking away the food and spoiling the water for the animals, birds, and waterlife of the Bay. Only if all the Bay creatures left their homes would humans learn their unhappy lesson. And only the old waterman with a twinkle in his eye could tell people how to bring them back.

The Day They Left the Bay is a charming and enlightening modern fable for children and their parents and teachers as well, of how humankind must get along with its fellow creatures to preserve our natural heritage no matter where it's located.

Lee Boynton is an acclaimed artist well-known in the Chesapeake Bay area for his paintings.