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February 2015 Newsletter

Volunteers needed for the Ocean City St Patricks Day Parade
Show your support for our coastal bays by walking with MCBP in the OC St Patricks Day Parade on March 14! After the parade we will help pick up trash along the parade route. If you would like to walk and/or help with trash pickup, contact Jen at


 Ocean Pines Yacht Club
Social/Volunteer Fair
March 12 
Join us Thursday, March 12 at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club from 5-7 for our second volunteer fair social.

MCBP and the Ocean Pines Association as well as several other non-profit groups including Worcester County Garden Club, Eastern Shore IMBA, Assateague Coastal Trust, Berlin Library Garden Project, Lower Shore Land Trust, Ocean Pines Farmers Market, Ocean City Surf Club, Ocean Pines Environment Club, and Worcester County Humane Society will be on hand to talk about their organizations and volunteer opportunities.


Light appetizers and open bar. Come out and learn about all the fun opportunities available to you to be a part of our community.


Feel free to contact Sandi at with any questions you may have.  


Did you know that upcoming volunteer opportunities and other events can be found on our calendar  here?


Wine and Oyster Pairing to Benefit
Maryland Coastal Bays Program
West O Bottle Shop - March 21

Tickets are limited so purchase yours in advance by call the West O Bottle Shop at 410-213-2079.



Citizens invited to Coastal Bays Program Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

March 17th, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.



We are pleased to announce an upcoming meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).  


The Citizens Advisory Committee plays a dual role by providing the MCBP with valuable input from citizens and by implementing important management plan activities.   Membership  includes representation from a broad spectrum of major resources groups such as citizen's councils, business, farming, fishing, industry, recreational users and environmental citizens groups.  Interested members of the public are invited to attend this meeting that will be held in Berlin on March 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  Please RSVP with Programs Manager Jennifer Rafter at or 410-213-2297 x 109 if you are interested in attending. 


Bishopville Restoration Site 
Benefits Winter Water Fowl



Bishopville residents and visitors were excited to see this beautiful site in the snow.  Because of the flowing water, not all of the surface was frozen and an added bonus was the great diversity of ducks attracted by the open water.  See here are five ringneck ducks, two hooded mergansers, and some black ducks. 

Thank you to Joe Lieb for the 
great photo!


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February 2015

Tree cage and bagworm removal
Saturday March 21
Spring is just around the corner, and there are only a few bagworms left! Once the weather warms, the remaining pests' eggs will hatch and re-infest our beautiful Lizard Hill. Get outside and work up an appetite on Saturday, March 21st from 11a.m. -3 p.m. to help us remove the rest of the bagworms and tree cages too. Then join us for a Wine and Oyster Pairing Event to benefit MCBP (details below).

To RSVP or for more information contact Amanda at


Terrapin Survey
Volunteers Needed

The Maryland Coastal Bays are home to northern diamondback terrapins, a turtle species whose population status is not well understood. Evidence of the variety of threats facing terrapins suggests that our iconic Maryland terrapin might be in trouble. With the help of citizen scientists, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program aims to create a source of information on local terrapin habits to aide scientists in the conservation of this significant and majestic species.

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.  

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. 

Fish Ruler Sponsorship

 MCBP is seeking financial sponsorship for our fish ruler.


Due to the increase in printing costs for one of our more popular outreach tools, we are hoping to partner with a sponsor to help defray the expense.


Please feel free to contact Sandi at 410-213-2297 ext 106 or if you have any suggestions or interest in partnering with this outreach project.  


The fish ruler is a popular yardstick length sticker provided to the public to place on their fish coolers or boats to use as a measuring tool. The ruler has a QR code which when scanned with a smart phone, takes you to the current DNR site highlighting size limits.  

16th Annual Osprey Triathlon
Sponsors Needed


Registration is now open for the 16th Annual Osprey Triathlon. Unfortunately, this year is the first year we had to move the date due to too many conflicts of other events scheduled in the community. So mark you calendars - Saturday, September 26. To register click here.


And as always, sponsorships and volunteers as what make this event. Please contact Sandi Smith at 410-213-2297 ext 106 or


Residents asked to join

Stewardship Committee

for Greys Creek Nature Park

If you live in the neighborhoods of Hidden Harbor or Bayview Estates bordering Greys Creek Nature Park at 13236 Rollie Road East in Bishopville, the Coastal Bays Program would like to request your input on the future use and course of this 517-acre Park. For more information, click here.


If you would like to participate in a Stewardship Committee meeting about the park on March 9th at 5:30 p.m., please contact Jennifer Rafter at or 410- 213-2297 x 109. Comments are also welcome.

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