Blue crabs, bird islands, environmental education and microscopic animals in the Chesapeake Bay will be discussed in an Eastern Shore lecture series beginning Feb. 26.
The four talks, given by scientists from the University of Maryland's Horn Point environmental laboratory in Cambridge, are free and open to the public. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 1-410-228-9250. The schedule:
* Feb. 26: "Nature's Shortcut to a More Efficient Food Chain," by Dr. Diane Stoecker. Dunning lecture hall, Washington College, Chestertown.
* March 18: "Bird Islands in the Chesapeake," by Donald Meritt. Talbot County Historical Society, Easton.
* May 20: "Blue Crabs: Offshore Adventures and Chesapeake Bay Challenges," by Dr. William Van Heukelm. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels.
* Sept. 23: "Environmental Education: A Resource for the Future," by Drs. Wayne Bell and Marianne Burke, and Catherine Baptist. Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge.