November 2017
In This Issue
Oysters Galore!

Coastal Bays' scientists have been hard at work! We have been collecting the year-old oysters from our oyster gardening program. Once collected, our oysters are planted at local restoration projects. Thank you to our wonderful volunteer oyster gardeners for their hard work taking care of these oysters this past year!
We're Hiring!
We are currently seeking qualified applicants for a seasonal environmental educator position for the 2018 season. An ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, recent graduate with a degree in environmental science, environmental studies, biology, education, or other related fields. Click here for the full position description. 
Non-Point Source Conference!
MCBP staff attended the Non-Point Source Conference in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware. Amanda presented on her work with our spring stream sampling water quality monitoring. Her work revealed that there are 5 reference or "best of the best" streams in the Coastal Bays and 8 hot spot or "worst of the worst" streams. This will allow us to target restoration efforts to specific streams. 
Assateague Outfitters Closes for the Season!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this season one of the best! We are now officially closed for the winter season and will see you again next April!
Electrofishing: A Shockingly Good Time
The Coastal Bays' science team went electrofishing at Bunting's Branch and Big Millpond to survey fish populations and species diversity. Blue-spotted sunfish, yellow bullhead, American eel, and even the state-rare mud sunfish were a few of the species found. 
Check Out Our Calendar!  

Want to know what's happening in your Coastal Bays?  Check out our calendar  here.
 
Interested in volunteering?  Check out our list of 
volunteer events here! 
Recent Articles
Have You Spotted a Seal? Meet Maryland's Winter Visitors
Snakes: Friend or Foe?
Bats: Shedding New Light on Old Myths
Snakeheads: How Big of a Problem?
Giving Tuesday 
Eat, Drink, and Be Generous Extravaganza!



Maryland Coastal Bays Program and Lower Shore Land Trust welcome their donors and friends to Burley Oak Brewing Company to celebrate Giving Tuesday with an "Eat, Drink, and Be Generous" extravaganza on Tuesday, November 28th, from 5:00-8:00 pm

The event will feature user-friendly opportunities for our friends to mingle and make generous online Giving Tuesday donations to the Lower Shore's premier environmental nonprofits while enjoying scrumptious snacks, bodacious brews, and marvelous music. This is the time to show how the Shore Gives More!!!

We are seeking $5,000 from Giving Tuesday donors to support education and outreach activities associated with our wildlife protection and marine debris removal programs, with special focus on ensuring the safety of migratory seals during their annual visits to our watershed and removing abandoned "ghost" crab pots to clear the waters of debris and prevent the accidental capture and death of innocent terrapins and other wildlife.

For those unable to attend, you can still make a donation at https://www.shoregivesmore.org/coastalbays. 
Discover Your Watershed
Join us for a Showell adventure!

Join us as we explore Showell on Saturday, November 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Search for hidden geocaches, test out your senses, and help out with some trail maintenance. For more information or to RSVP, contact Amanda at  amandap@mdcoastalbays.org or at 410-213-2297 ext. 103.
Seal Stewards
As seal season approaches, join us for Seal Steward training!

This year's training will be conducted on Tuesday, November 7th at 5:30 pm at the West Ocean City Fire Department, located at 10124 Keyser Road, on the 2nd floor.  Please contact Sandi Smith at  sandis@mdcoastalbays.org  or calling 410-213-2297 ext. 106 if you plan on attending.
MCBP partners with the National Aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue Program to assist Ocean City's animal control with protecting seals. Seals are federally protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. They travel hundreds of miles and sometimes need to haul out, or beach themselves, to rest. 

The Seal Steward program consists of volunteers who are on call to help monitor our resting visitors when they haul out, and educate the public on the importance of keeping seals safe by giving them space. 
 
For those of you who trained last year, we still have you on our list and are welcome to attend the training, but it's not necessary. 
Education Corner
Maryland's colleges visit MCBP! 

In the month of October, MCBP hosted Salisbury University and Washington College at a few of our restoration sites. SU Professor Tammy Ransom brought her class of 20 students out to MCBP's Lizard Hill Wetland Restoration Site and the Bishopville Restoration Site for walking educational tours of the properties.  

Washington College's Chesapeake Semester graciously included the Coastal Bays in their educational journey around Maryland's watersheds. We presented about MCBP to two professors and 14 students, and brought them to the future site of the Assateague Living Shoreline.  We discussed restoration activities, coastal management, and alternatives to hardened structures. 
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