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April 2015 Newsletter

Beach Hut/Bike stand opens!

The Assateague Island National Seashore  concession stands, trading as Assateague Outfitters, is now open for the season. Fifty percent of the profits from these concessions benefit the MCBP as a fundraising initiative.  


Both the Beach Hut and the canoe, kayak and bike rental stand are open every weekend until Memorial Day.  From Memorial Day through Labor Day the concessions will be open seven days a week.  


New items are arriving daily  at the beach hut including work from local artisans.


The canoe and bike stand will have a new look this year.  the stand, at the end of Bayside Road, also rents kayaks and paddleboards. The new building is up-cycled freight containers. Click here to access an article about the new building.  


The phone number to the beach hut is 443-513-1242 and the phone number to the rental stand is 410-656-9453(WILD).   


Old Stand

Old building is being replaced this year 

and is free to anyone interested in hauling it off the island.


Successful Fish Migration at the
Bishopville Restoration Site


This is the kind of news we love! "Roman Jesien's trophy fish was a little less than 10 inches long. He found it at the top of the fish passage that has replaced the Bishopville dam," where fish had been blocked from spawning for 56 years. Alewife and white perch can now be found above the former dam. This project happened with the dedication and funding of the DNR Chesapeake and Coastal Service as well and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

To read about the Bishopville restoration project in USA Today, click here. 


Paddleboard Race, Raffle to Benefit MCBP

Paddle Board  

Please join us this year for our 6th Annual Fager's Island Surf Swap and Paddle Board event Sunday, May 31, 60th street and the bay.   


Festivities begin at 8:30 am with registration for those interested in paddling the 10 am race. There is a 5-mile ELITE race for those who compete and a 2.5 mile recreational race for those who want to paddle. This is a flat water event with buoys and turns making it fun for spectators to watch. There will be paddle board demos from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for those interested in learning more about the sport. A children's race will follow at noon, boards will be provided. There will be a full day of entertainment, vendors and a board swap. So anyone interested in selling used surf or SUP equipment, please contact  


There will also be a paddle board raffle to be drawn at the end of the day. Registration to paddle this event can be found here 

New Islands in the Coastal Bays



The US Army Corps of Engineers has been dredging the federal navigation channel in the Coastal Bays this past winter and spring and the dredged material has been put to beneficial use by making islands. In fact, these islands were the first islands created in the Coastal Bays since the islands created after the 1933 storm which cut the inlet. The island pictured is called Collier Island and is located near the area called the Thoroughfare in Assawoman Bay. Other dredging activity is along the north end of Sinepuxent Bay (sand was put onto the beach), areas near the Verrazano Bridge (2 new islands) and an island northwest of Public Landing called Robbins Marsh. 


Thank you to Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips for the photos.

Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation-MALPF


Kudos to the Worcester County Commissioners who voted 6-1 to continue the county's agricultural preservation program certification. As a result, in 2015-2016 the county will get $772,630 from the state to help farmers protect their land with permanent conservation easements. The county has collected about $40,000 from the ag transfer tax over the past two years making this an excellent return on investment (the county had to commit only $8,600). The Coastal Bays Program has been a tireless advocate for both this and the Rural Legacy Program.  The importance of land preservation to wildlife, water quality, and farming cannot be overstated. 


 Mourning Doug Romano
Our hearts go out to the Doug Romano family. Doug, a science teacher at Stephen Decatur Middle School, recently passed away.  He went the extra mile to instill in his students the love of learning, the value of the individual and the strength of soul.  Doug was a valued member of the coastal bays community who will be missed but whose legacy lives on in his students and those who worked with him.  
To view Doug's obituary please click here.
Habitat Protection


Maryland is updating its State Wildlife Action Plans to help protect declining species and their habitats. Coastal Bays Executive Director Dave Wilson serves on the both the reptile & amphibian and bird committees to be sure species in the coastal bays have adequate protection. In addition to loss of islands and marsh habitat, species continue to suffer from conversion of native forests to loblolly pine monocultures and from habitat degradation from deer browsing. 



April 2015

Thank You to our Volunteers for cleaning up Ocean City!
Over 100 volunteers came out to our Ocean City Earth Day Clean-Up on April 11th. Thank you for helping to keep our favorite beach and coastal bays clean! Missed this one? Keep up to date on volunteer opportunities here.
Herp Search May 9



The 15th annual Great Worcester Herp Search will take place Saturday, May 9 at 9 a.m. at the Coastal Bays Program office at 8219 Stephen Decatur Highway, a quarter-mile south of Frontier Town. This year's herp search sites include public and private parcels in the northern and central part of Worcester County. Participants should bring a sack lunch and drinks. Groups will return from the field around 12:30 p.m. for lunch then hunt again until approximately 5 p.m. Sunscreen, mosquito and tick repellant, greenbriar proof-pants, bright clothing, and boots are recommended. For more information call the Coastal Bays Program office at 410-213-2297 ext. 102 or email Dave Wilson at   


To read the WBOC article please click here.


Above: A volunteer holds a juvenile eastern kingsnake found on last year's search.                            


Terrapin Survey
Volunteer Training
May 16th at 1 p.m.
The Maryland Coastal Bays are home to northern diamondback terrapins, a turtle species whose population status is not well understood. 
We are looking for volunteers to assist with a citizen science survey from Tuesday, May 26th through Saturday, May 30th. 
Participate one or several days.  An optional training will take place May 16th at 1 p.m. at the MCBP office.  Please RSVP with the contact information below.

All volunteers are  welcome.  Boats are needed. There are options for kayak and land bound/shore surveys as well. If you would like to participate in the Diamondback Terrapin Survey in the coastal bays please email Jennifer Rafter at or call 410-213-2297 x 109. 

Looking for a lawn mower!
Just in time for the start of the spring season, our lawn mower has given out. If anyone is able to donate an old lawn mower or interested in helping us keep the grass at our office cut, e-mail Amanda at

Art of Stewardship


Congratulations to winners of  Worcester County Arts Council "Art of Stewardship" juried art exhibit! 
Pictured from left to right: Dale Ash, receiving award on behalf of his wife, Mitzi Ash (2 place), Antoinette Greaves, (honorable mention),Karen Dimaio (3 place), Marian Bickerstaff (1 place), Marcy Snyder (honorable mention), Barbara Hager (honorable mention), Kate Cashman, judge of the show and local artist and instructor. Thank you to Worcester County Arts Council for asking MCBP Executive Director Dave Wilson to assist in judging this beautiful show.

New Wood Duck Boxes at 

Lizard Hill and

Greys Creek Nature Park


A big thank you to the MD DNR Chesapeake & Coastal Service for installing wood duck boxes at Lizard Hill in Bishopville!  We have seen and heard several wood ducks in this area.



Thanks to Eagle Scout Bennett Truitt, pictured here with MCBP director Dave Wilson, five wood duck boxes were installed at Greys Creek Nature Park.  This park is not yet open to the public as a location for an entrance is being determined. If you would like to volunteer at the park or join the Greys Creek Stewardship Committee, please email Programs Manager Jennifer Rafter at



Thank you to Gene Parker for 

Cypress Tree Donation


Hundreds of young cypress trees were donated by Gene Parker  to Maryland Coastal Bays Program.  These tree will be planted at Ilia Fehrer Nature Preserve. Students will also be planting these trees during a field trip to Bishopville.  Thank you Gene! 



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