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September 2015 Newsletter

Maryland Coastal Bays Program Newsletter
Maryland Coastal Bays Program Bids a Fond Farewell to Carol Cain

We will miss Carol at MCBP!  She has been the Technical Coordinator  since 2000.  Her sharp mind and quick wit helped keep our office fun and productive.  Carol has taken a position with the Delaware Department of Transportation as an Environmental Scientist.  We wish her well and hope she'll visit often!

Former Programs Manager Jennifer Rafter is the new Technical Coordinator, but Carol is irreplaceable so her duties will be shared with Amanada Poskaitis, whose new title is Watershed Program Manager.  Katherine Phillips, a former Science Intern for MCBP is the new Programs Manager and we are happy to welcome her to MCBP full time! 

In spite of a windy day, 16th Annual Osprey Sprint Triathlon a big success!
 The 16th Annual Osprey Sprint Triathlon took place this past Saturday and we are so proud of the competitors!  In spite of some wind and light rain many individuals participated, and lots of friends and families were present to cheer them on.  The swim was cancelled due to dangerous and windy conditions, but the "Dualathon" was a success!  A big thank you to participants, sponsors and volunteers!  You all make it happen. For more photos click here. U.S. Candids has taken pictures at our triathlon for the past 16 years and offer prints to athletes for a small fee. 

MD Farmers Plant Record Number of Cover Crops


Maryland farmers participating in the state's 2014-2015 Cover Crop Program planted a record 478,000 acres of cover crops on their fields last fall to control soil erosion, reduce nutrient runoff and protect water quality. Worcester had the 7th highest acres covered at 45,522! Click here to learn more 

Bird Nesting Season Over -Signs Removed from Islands


Colonial bird nesting season has ending and MCBP traveled to the islands in the coastal bays to remove signage protecting the nesting areas.

Upcoming Environmental Education Trainings 

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is proud to partner with the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art to help bring Environmental Education trainings to our local teachers and educators. We are proud to offer a wide variety of different educational resources, including Projects WET, WILD, Flying Wild, Growing up Wild, Learning Tree and much more. All trainings will be held at Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art and require pay and registration in advance. The sessions will be on  WED-10/21 from 5-8PM for Project Flying WILD, TUES 11/3 from 4-8PM for Project WILD, SAT 11/7 from 9 AM-12PM for Project Growing Up WILD and finally THURS 11/19 from 5-8PM for Project WILD Aqua. For more information please contact Harrison Jackson at

Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy your coastal bays!

  Experience your coastal bays!  This is a great place to be a kid... or an adult!  

Photo credit: Joe Lieb, taken at the the Bishopville Restoration site 

September 2015

Seal Steward Program 

MCBP is looking for people to help with the 'seal steward' program.   
MCBP and the National Aquarium Marine Animals Stranding Program partnered on a seal outreach program which included recruiting volunteers to keep seals safe. 
The most important initiative of this outreach is proper seal viewing. If you see a seal on the beach, it has hauled out and needs rest. Please stay at least 150 feet, 50 yards away.
MCBP is organizing a core of volunteers who can be available on an as needed basis to respond to a haul out area and keep people and dogs clear. If you are interested in becoming a steward, Contact Sandi at or call 410-213-2297 ext 106.
Bishopville Restoration Project Ribbon Cutting This Friday

October 9 at  4:00 PM 

The Bishopville- St. Martin's Neck Community Association Inc. invites you to join them for a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the completion of our long awaited pond renewal project. There will be refreshments, and parking will be available at the nearby Bishopville Park. Everyone is welcome to participate. 

International Coastal Cleanup Day a Success!

Thanks to our volunteers from University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Stephen Decatur Highschool for a successful Coastal Cleanup! We successfully removed over 300 pounds of trash that was littering the marsh behind the WOC park and ride.

The EmPowers Present Maryland Energy Arcades 

Thu, October 15, 10am - 2pm at Wor-Wic Community College

Become an Energy Savings Superhero! 

This kid-friendly event is free and open to all ages. Learn about LED lighting, Energy Star appliances, and other ways to save money and energy. For more information please email Larissa Johnson

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