September 2017
In This Issue
Paddle for a Purpose
Come visit Ayers Creek Adventures this Saturday, September 2nd, to help support MCBP. All tour and rental proceeds from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. will be donated to local charities. Mention MCBP to donate directly to us! For more information on Ayers Creek Adventures, click here
Beer Servers Wanted!

It's MCBP's turn for a beer truck at Sunfest this year and we're looking for volunteers to help pour beer! 

Shifts are from Thursday, September 21st to Sunday, September 24th

If you are interested in helping serve for the cause, please let Sandi know your availability at or at 410-213-2297 ext. 106. 
National Estuaries Week 

September 16-23 is National Estuaries Week! Learn more about estuaries by visiting Restore America's Estuaries. A letter of support for the National Estuary Program was written by the Senate urging for the continued funding of the program. The letter was signed by 20 senators including Maryland's own Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen. 
Farewell Maddie!
As summer comes to a close, we wish our summer interns goodbye. Thank you for all of the hard work this summer! We wish Maddie (right) the best of luck with her final semester at Salisbury University. 
Berlin Night Out!
On Tuesday, August 1st, the Outreach and Education staff participated in National Nights Out in Berlin. This community-building campaign, sponsored by the Berlin Police Department, aims to support anti-crime efforts and highlight local organizations.
Children's Day on the Bay!
The OC Lifesaving Station's 7th Annual Children's Day on the Bay was celebrated on August 6th in Sunset Park. This event introduced families to local organizations here on the Eastern Shore. MCBP brought materials to make seed bombs, whose goal is to promote the growth of plants native to Worcester County. 
DNR Trawling!
Amanda and Zach, from MCBP, had the opportunity to go trawling in the Coastal Bays with the Department of Natural Resources. Some of the critters caught include several Atlantic brief squid (pictured). 
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
International Coast Day Cleanup
Monarch Citizen Science Takes Flight

Life on a Barrier Island

Don't Drag Me Through the Mud: The Unusual Oyster Toadfish 
18th Annual Osprey Sprint Triathlon
Registration is open!

MCBP is gearing up for our 18th Annual Osprey Sprint Triathlon! The event will be held Saturday, September 30th in Public Landing, Snow Hill. To register, click here

Our volunteers are what help make this great event even greater! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sandi at
or by calling 410-213-2297 ext. 106. 

International Coastal Cleanup
Come out and clean up!

Join us Saturday, September 9th, for the International Coastal Cleanup! Meet at the Ocean City Town Hall Gazebo on 3rd Street at 10:00 a.m. Volunteers will be provided with gloves, trash bags, and a free t-shirt while supplies last. For more information, contact Sandi Smith at 410-213-2297 ext. 106 or at

MCBP Welcomes New Staff!
Welcome to both new and returning employees! 

Zachary Garmoe (left) is a 2017 Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member placed with MCBP, and a recent graduate from University of Maryland Baltimore County where he received a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Visual Arts. Zach previously worked as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for UMBC, as a Camp Director at Philmont Scout Ranch, and  interned as a Water Quality Assistant with Blue Water Baltimore this past spring. 

Brooks Holloway (middle) is an AmeriCorps member at MCBP. Brooks is a junior at Salisbury University majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Statistics. He has volunteered with MCBP in the past, which helped influence his choice of major. He specifically looks forward to analyzing data from our monitoring projects. 

Brenna Waite (right) is returning to MCBP this fall as a Seasonal Scientist. She will be assisting our Education Coordinator, Liz Vander Clute, with science-based educational programs. 
Discover Your Watershed
Come discover Greys Creek!

Join us as we explore Greys Creek on Saturday, October 21st, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Learn how to orienteer and help out with some trail maintenance. For more information or to RSVP, contact Amanda at or at 410-213-2297 ext. 103.

Maryland Department of the Environment Visit
MDE Secretary Ben Grumbles visited the Bishopville Dam Project with MCBP Staff. 

Maryland Department of Environment Secretary, Ben Grumbles (right), and Deputy Secretary, Horacio Tablada (left) paid a special visit on Friday, August 18th, to the Bishopville Dam Restoration site. The MDE officials took time from their busy schedule at the Maryland Association of Counties meeting in Ocean City to accompany Frank Piorko and Roman Jesien to the site for a 30 minute tour. 

Dr. Jesien gave a comprehensive overview of the project, explaining the many environmental and ecological benefits of the dam removal, stream restoration, native plant establishment, and fish passage. We're grateful for the visit and hope to invite many others to see the value in these types of restoration activities.     
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