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CANCELLED - Field Trip: Explore Maryland’s Coastal Bays – A Restoration Tour

  • 13 Jul 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • 10652 Cemetery Road, Bishopville, MD [park along the road next to the cemetery]
  • 20


Photo courtesy of Maryland Coastal Bays Program

Come join us on the beautiful Eastern Shore for a fun-filled day of learning about local restoration projects and hands-on scientific sampling. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program will provide a tour of two innovative restoration properties, Lizard Hill and the Bishopville Dam Removal. Lizard Hill is a 20-acre created wetland that filters out pollution from an adjoining stream. The site was planted with over 6,500 Atlantic white cedar trees and has grown into a beautiful forested property providing extraordinary native habitat. Participants will tour the property, learning about the value of restoration and the details of this project’s design. Following the tour we will conduct a fish seining survey to learn about the local freshwater fish.

After this, we will travel just down the road to a recently completed dam removal project! The Bishopville dam was removed in 2015 to allow fish to run upstream, opening 7 miles of habitat. We will take a tour of the property, then conduct a macroinvertebrate survey to learn about the bugs in the water and how they are related to water quality.

What to bring/wear: We recommend wearing long pants and boots or shoes that can get wet. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, snacks, and a water bottle.

This fun-filled day of touring restoration properties and hands-on sampling will be led by Amanda Poskaitis, an Environmental Scientist at the Maryland Coastal Bays Program. Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Marine Sciences from University of Maryland Eastern Shore and another in Biology from Salisbury University. She loves being outdoors in nature and sharing her knowledge and experience with others.

The Natural History Society of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions are tax-deductible.

The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.

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