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April 2014 Solutions Newsletter

CCMP Workshops
Thank you to all of our partners and to those of you who came out to support our Comprehensive and Conservation Management Plan for the coastal bays. If you have not yet competed our short survey. Please click  here
American Eel Elvers at Bishopville Dam 

These are American eel elvers (about 2 in long) at the base of the sheet pile dam in Bishopville in April.  Some are able to leave the water and scale the algae covered sheeting to get over the dam.  The eels were spawned in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Sargassum Sea and have been able to swim to this freshwater portion of the St Martins River, Worcester County.  They will live in the river for 10 - 15 years then travel back to the ocean to spawn.  A fisheye view of the little creatures trying to get up the dam wall can be seen on youtube: 

Spring is Planting Season for MCBP Volunteers 


Skimmer Island gets native grasses following sand placement.  Planting team Bill Mahoney, Mary Ellen Jesien, Casie Wilson, Tami Pearl, and Nicole Lehmer planted American Beach Grass (Ammophila breviligulata) and Coastal Panic Grass (Panicum amarum) on Skimmer Island following sand placement. The grasses will help create and retain sparsely vegetated higher areas that are preferred nesting sites for Royal and Common Terns.  

MCBP Program Manager Bill Mahoney explains the finer points of tree planting techniques to  Bennet HS Environmental Science students.  Trees were recently planted to enhance buffers at the new MCBP office area on Route 611.




Trees and shrubs were planted at the Ocean Pines Racket and Swim Club through the efforts of Stephen Decatur Middle School teacher Anne Cook, 8th graders (and teachers and volunteers), and a grant to MCBP from the Maryland Stream Restoration Challenge.  This is a competitive grant program open to local governments and non-government organizations to establish 1,000 acres of stream-side forests by 2015. For the challenge, the State and its partners made $6 million available to plant forested buffers with the goals of improving water quality and creating opportunities for middle and high school students to engage in service-learning and environmental literacy activities.
Spring is Clean Up Season for MCBP Volunteers as well!

Stephen Decatur Middle School 8th graders from Leah Olsen's class completed their service learning project with their second beach clean up of the year. They conducted their first last spring and through the winter watched several movies on the impact trash has on our waterways and then completed their service learning with a final clean up. The good news, some students were interested in participating in more clean ups after school!


MCBP is Moving!
The Maryland Coastal Bays office will be moving down the street mid-May to:
8219 Stephen Decatur Highway
Berlin, Maryland 21811
We're in the old clubhouse of Pine Shore South.
Same phone number, same staff, just a bigger and better space to work on all of our projects. 

April 2014   

Volunteer Opportunities and Fundraisers

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


Annual Herp Search
knapp worm

The fourteenth annual Great Worcester Herp Search will take place Saturday, May 10 when volunteers scour Delmarva lands for reptiles and amphibians.


For further details click here. Feel free to also call the Coastal Bays at 410-213-2297 or email


The Herp Search is Sponsored by the Coastal Bays Program, Salisbury Zoo, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Salisbury University. 

May 10th Isle of Wight Clean Up
Clean Up
Join Maryland Coastal Bays and the Ocean City Surf Club on Saturday, May 10 at 10 am to clean up the Cape Isle of Wight Park. 
Nestled between the two bridges on Route 90, this beautiful county park catches a lot of floating debris in its marshes and woodland areas. So dress appropriately as tick season is here and if you paddle board or kayak, bring your gear and paddle around the marshes to pick up debris.

June 1st Fager's Island Surf Swap and Paddle Board Event

Paddle Board   
Registration is now open for the annual surf swap and paddle board event  held Sunday, at Fager's Island on 60th street and the bay, June 1.  Paddling boarding (SUP) event is open to novices and experts alike with proceeds going to MCBP. We are looking for two team relay participants.
We are also raffling a new Evolve Paddle board valued at $1,400, and a Solace SUP paddle and a Pacifico bike cruiser.
Click here for registration and raffle ticket purchases.
If you have any used equipment you'd like to offer at the swap, please contact for a space.

 Chipotle Night Monday, 

June 2


Just come into the West Ocean City Chipotle on Ocean Gateway on Monday, June 2nd, from 4-8 pm, and bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell

the cashier and we will receive 50% of the proceeds from your awesome Chipotle dinner!

15th Annual Osprey Triathlon

Registration is now open for our largest fundraiser, the Osprey Sprint Triathlon.
This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 4.
We will also need plenty of volunteers.
To register click here

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