March 2018
In This Issue
Terrapin Survey
Join MCBP from May 29th to June 2nd for this year's Terrapin Survey! Training dates will be announced soon. Interested volunteers can contact Katherine at 410-213-2297 ext.  109
Assateague Outfitters Now Hiring! 
We are currently  hiring Watersports Rental Staff and Beach Hut Staff for the concession on the Assateague Island National Seashore. Please contact Sandi at for more information.
Ocean City Chamber of Commerce's Business Expo
Our Education Coordinator, Liz Wist, and Development and Marketing Coordinator, Sandi Smith, attended the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce's Business Expo to promote the Maryland Coastal Bays Program. The event generated a lot of volunteer interest.
Seal Stewards See Less Seals This Winter
MCBP and the National Aquarium can not be more excited for the great crew of seal stewards we have on board. We are sorry (not really!) to report that the haul outs have been very minimal this season, so for those of you concerned that we have not called you, stay tuned. Last year the last haul out was in June!
Rotary Club Presentation
Our Development and Marketing Coordinator, Sandi Smith, spent a Saturday afternoon with 136 Rotary Club leaders discussing how little gestures can go a long way on impacting our environment. She's happy to report that almost every group was able to name the five Coastal Bays!
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Interested in volunteering?  Check out our list of 
volunteer events here! 
Recent Articles
A Guide to Responsible Disposal of Electronics and Batteries

MCBP Welcomes New Staff
Addie Synder joins MCBP as our Seasonal Environmental Educator!

Addie was born and raised in central Pennsylvania, where she developed her love for nature and animals on her family's farm. Addie attended Penn State University and graduated with a B.S. in Recreation Park and Tourism Management with a focus in environmental education and interpretation.  Addie is excited to apply her knowledge and passion for the environment into her work at Maryland Coastal Bays Program. 

Most recently Addie completed an internship in Vail, Colorado with Walking Mountains Science Center as a Naturalist and Sustainability Intern. During her time in Vail, Addie fell in love with educating the public about sustainability practices, recycling, and the local ecology. Addie enjoys any activity that can get her outside and on the water. Outside of work you can catch Addie hiking, playing with her new puppy (Sunny), and hammocking.
Bishopville Dam Removal Project
Anadromous fish successfully migrate upstream!  

This is the fourth year that we observed anadromous species at the site, which are ocean-based fish that travel upstream to freshwater in order to reproduce. Up until nearly four years ago, a dam onsite kept these species, such as Alewife and White Perch, from reaching their spawning ground to reproduce. However, its removal in December of 2014 opened up an additional seven miles of habitat. Although we have only just begun sampling for this year, things are looking positive; this is the earliest we have ever seen Alewife onsite.

Our Science Coordinator, Dr. Roman Jesien, has presented on this project at conferences across the county. In early March, he presented at the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association Conference and last summer he even presented at the International Conference on Engineering and Ecohydrology for Fish Passage in Eugene, Oregon. 
Discover Your Watershed Dates Announced!
Save the dates for these fun-filled events!

Discover Your Watershed is a series of events created to get people outdoors, experience restoration sites in the area, learn about the nature that surrounds us, and volunteer. Each event involves an educational and volunteer service activity and events will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is provided. For more information about these events, RSVP to Addie at or 410-213-2297 ext. 107.  
Bishopville Restoration Project, Bugs & Blooms - 
Saturday, April 14th  
Greys Creek Nature Park, Bishopville, MD,  Trash & Trails  - Saturday, May 12th
Lizard Hill, Bishopville MD, Flora & Fauna - 
Saturday, September 15th
Showell Preserve, MD, Navigation in Nature - 
Saturday, November 3rd
Bay Day at Ocean Pines
Save the date!

Join the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and the Ocean Pines Association for a day of fun, hands-on activities and educational talks about how watershed residents can make a difference right in their own backyards.  From bay-friendly backyard guidance to educational exhibits, this day is sure to entertain! 

This event launches a collaborative campaign to encourage residents to accept the challenge of improving the health of the local St. Martin River.  Mark your calendars for the OP Bay Day on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 11:30-3:30.
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