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January 2015 Newsletter

Green Social Tues, February 10th 
at West OC Bottle Shop
Maryland Coastal Bays is hosting a volunteer fair and happy hour Tuesday, February 10 at the West OC Bottle Shop located on Route 50 from 5 - 7 p.m.

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

This is your chance to come out and learn about local non-profit organizations and opportunities available to you to help make a difference in our community.

For more information contact Sandi Smith at or call 410-213-2297 ext 106.


Mourning Paula Faircloth



Recently the MCBP lost a great friend and supporter.  Paula Faircloth passed away after a short illness and we are mourning her absence. Paula and her husband Wayne have long supported staff efforts to collect monthly water samples at their home in Snug Harbor. They frequently assisted at fundraising and outreach events and always were ready with an exuberant smile, a racy joke, or fascinating travel story.  Paula once shared a photo of herself wearing an MCBP t-shirt in Vietnam and was pleased to be our "first international ambassador".  Yes, we have lost another friend, but not the example she set. 


Link to Paula Faircloth's obituary  



Help Out Your Neighbor  



On Friday, January 30th a fire destroyed the house of one of two friends of the MD Coastal Bays Program. Lara has participated in our Great Worcester Herp Search for over a decade, and both Lara & Joe have participated in our Osprey Sprint Triathlon, too. Lara Nagle & Joe Ford lost almost everything in the fire, including their four beloved pets and most of their belongings. Fortunately they were not in the house during the fire. Friends & colleagues are in the process of collecting donations to help them get back on their feet. If you are able to contribute please email Mary Seemann at or call 410-860-6880. Pre-paid gift cards, checks or cash are accepted. Thank you for your consideration. Please keep them in your thoughts & prayers. 



Scientific and Technical
Advisory Committee

The biyearly Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee met at Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge on Wednesday, January 21st.  Meeting minutes can be viewed here. 


Rural Legacy Areas


Some 17 years ago, the Coastal Bays Program (MCBP), the Lower Shore Land Trust, and Worcester County worked to set up Rural Legacy Areas in southern Worcester County. In these areas, counties compete for state dollars derived through Maryland's transfer tax. Although more than $1 billion of this earmarked money has been diverted by the state for non-conservation purposes, MCBP and its partners have been able to protect some 10,000 acres of productive farm and forestland by bringing $13 million to the county since 1998. The money has paid for conservation easements for farmers and other landowners along Dividing Creek and Chincoteague Bay and allowed them to stay in business while continuing to plow and timber their land. The effort has been successful in both bringing tax dollars back to the shore and keeping Worcester County beautiful. 


16th Annual Osprey Triathlon

Registration is now open for the 16th Annual Osprey Triathlon! This year is the first year we had to move the date. So mark you calendars - Saturday, September 26. To register click here.

For more information contact

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January 2015

Volunteer Opportunities and Fundraisers

We always have lots of great opportunities. If you don't see one below that interests you, contact us.

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

I Love the Coastal Bays
Valentines Day Tree Planting
Saturday, February 14th from 11 am to 3 pm

Bring your sweetheart or treat yourself to a day planting trees to show your love for the coastal bays!  

Bring lunch and a drink, wear clothes and shoes that can get muddy and have a great day showing your love for the bays!

RSVP to Amanda at

Students Inspired to Action

Here's something way groovy! Nearly 200 Wicomico County Thinking and Doing (T.A.D.) students were recently involved in a 3-month Climate Issues Investigation program with the Maryland Coastal Bays Program & our partners. One team, pictured below, specifically studied the impacts of climate change on agriculture & bee populations. They collected funds to be used to support research & made a donation to the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research. Penn State just published this article, applauding the efforts of these 3rd-grade students & their incredible teacher Amanda Markos. Way to go!!


Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education
Celebrating 30th Anniversary

This year, the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) is celebrating their 30th anniversary. An estimated 600 educators will arrive in Ocean City, Maryland, February 5-8, to celebrate and participate in the largest state-wide conference for environmental education in the nation. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is a proud sponsor of the conference. MAEOE encourages, engages and empowers the community to understand, responsibly use and promote the natural world. They provide Professional Development and resources to support providers of environmental education in schools, nature centers, and informal settings throughout the state, who encourage students to explore, investigate and act. Environmental actions improve the health of the schools and communities in which Maryland's children learn and live. Learn more about MAEOE at 

Article on Bishopville Restoration Project

Thank you to the many volunteers and Maryland Conservation Corps members who have helped with this project!
We would like to acknowledge MD DNR as partners essential to this project.  A special thanks goes out to Habitat Restoration and Conservation Division Director Kevin Smith.

Residents asked to join

Stewardship Community 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, Maryland, 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 Community Committee, please contact Jennifer Rafter at or 410- 213-2297 x 109. Comments are also welcome.

Delaware the Owl Visits the New Islands! 



Fascinating science happening... right in our backyard!! "Delaware," is a snowy owl that's been hanging out at Assateague, sampling the floating duck buffet available on our coastal bays, and loafing on a newly-created island constructed with dredge material from the navigation channel.   

To read more about Project SNOWStorm, click here.

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