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    WSA’s 7th Annual “Spring into Action” Conference

    Early bird registration for WSA’s seventh annual conference “Spring into Action!” is open now through February 1st. View a draft agenda here.

    Register Here.

    Students and Steward Candidates: $25

    Stewards, Consortium, and Board Members: $50 (Use code EARLYBIRD for $10 off)

    General Admission: $75 (Use code EARLYBIRD for $10 off)
    Our community has grown once again, so this year’s conference will be held in a new venue! With space for everyone, we hope you will join us to learn, network and become inspired to restore our waterways. Whether you are a seasoned Steward, a stormwater professional or just getting started in the wide world of watershed restoration, this year’s conference has something for everyone.

    This year we’ll start the day with the Annual Steward Action Summit and Breakfast. Aside from a delicious way to start a Saturday, this session is exclusively for Certified Master Watershed Stewards and Steward Candidates and will focus on tools and updates created just for Stewards.

    New this year is an expanded Gallery and Exhibit Walk, which includes vendors, Funder Office Hours, Ask an Expert, an update on the GIS mapping application, interactive engagement activities and more!

    Our conference will open with a keynote address from OpinionWorks’ Steve Raabe detailing the results of a recent Bay-wide survey of citizen stewardship behaviors. Steve will unpack trends across the watershed and give a glimpse of how citizens in Anne Arundel County compare.

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    CBL’s FREE Science for Citizens Seminar

    DolphinWatch: Dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay
    Presented by Dr. Helen Bailey
    Little is known about how often dolphins come into the Chesapeake Bay, how long they spend there, what areas they are using and why. Dr. Bailey and her team have been frequently detecting dolphin calls in the Bay and last summer, citizen scientists reported more than 900 dolphin sightings on Dr. Bailey’s newly launched DolphinWatch website. In this talk, Dr. Bailey will present what she has learnt about the Bay’s dolphins so far, describe upgrades to the sighting app, and explain how you can participate in this research effort.

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    CBL’s FREE Science for Citizens Seminar

    DolphinWatch: Dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay
    Presented by Dr. Helen Bailey
    Little is known about how often dolphins come into the Chesapeake Bay, how long they spend there, what areas they are using and why. Dr. Bailey and her team have been frequently detecting dolphin calls in the Bay and last summer, citizen scientists reported more than 900 dolphin sightings on Dr. Bailey’s newly launched DolphinWatch website. In this talk, Dr. Bailey will present what she has learnt about the Bay’s dolphins so far, describe upgrades to the sighting app, and explain how you can participate in this research effort.

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    CBL’s FREE Science for Citizens Seminar

    Solomons Island Bay Grasses
    Presented by Dr. Jeremy Testa
    In the summer of 2017, Bay grasses appeared in front of CBL on Solomons Island for the first time in over four decades. Often considered a ‘canary in a coal mine’, Bay grasses are often an indicator of improving or degrading water conditions and their appearance off Solomons reflects a recent improvement in Chesapeake Bay water quality. Dr. Jeremy Testa will tell the story of Bay grasses in the Patuxent, and will describe how it plays into a wider picture of change in Chesapeake Bay over the past several decades.

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    CBL’s FREE Science for Citizens Seminar

    OysterFutures: A Collaborative Process for Developing Oyster Management Recommendations
    Presented by Dr. Mike Wilberg
    What happens when oyster stakeholders, including commercial water-men, aquaculturists, buyers, environmental advocates, recreational anglers, and agency and academic scientists work together to develop recommendations for oyster restoration and management in the Choptank River complex? Dr. Wilberg will discuss collaborative resource management, the development of a computer model that can forecast the effects of alternative management or restoration options, and its use to inform work-group recommendations.

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    CBL’s FREE Science for Citizens Seminar

    Septic Detectives: Tracing Septic System Wastewaters in Calvert County Neighborhoods
    Presented by Dr. Michael Gonsior
    While there is widespread evidence supporting our understanding of how traditional septic systems transmit nitrogen to groundwater, very little of this work has occurred in Maryland and how much of nitrogen is released by septic systems to the stream network and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay remains a challenging question to answer. Dr. Gonsior will discuss methods for source tracking of pollutants arising from septic systems using innovative modern analytical approaches.

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    CBL’s FREE Science for Citizens Seminar

    Septic Detectives: Tracing Septic System Wastewaters in Calvert County Neighborhoods
    Presented by Dr. Michael Gonsior
    While there is widespread evidence supporting our understanding of how traditional septic systems transmit nitrogen to groundwater, very little of this work has occurred in Maryland and how much of nitrogen is released by septic systems to the stream network and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay remains a challenging question to answer. Dr. Gonsior will discuss methods for source tracking of pollutants arising from septic systems using innovative modern analytical approaches.

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    PICP Specialist Course – January 23rd POSTPONED

    The PICP Specialist course to be hosted by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay on January 23rd has been postponed. Updated dates and registration details to follow.

    Please contact Laura Todd at Ltodd@allianceforthebay.org with any questions.

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    LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: Natural History Society of Maryland Spring and Summer Programs

    Hello Chesapeake Network!

    The Natural History Society of Maryland is looking for program volunteers for the coming spring and summer seasons.

    NHSM is a mostly volunteer-led non-profit organization dedicated to making the wonders of the natural world accessible to every Marylander! We offer a wide-range of public programs including fossil collecting trips, guided nature hikes, lectures, and science cafes (located all around Maryland but mostly in the Baltimore area). Please check out our Facebook page and Meetup page for future and past programs. There are many more future programs to come so stay posted!

    We are looking for volunteers to assist in the running of these programs. Duties would include: signing in participants, making sure presenter/leader stays on schedule, set-up/clean-up, etc. No prior experience is necessary! Volunteers would get to participate in the program for free too!

    Anyone interested, please email Jillie Drutz at jdrutz@marylandnature.org.

    Thank you for your support!

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    Native Plant Palooza

    Native plant Palooza at Robinson Nature Center

     

    Save the Date for the Native Plant Palooza!

    Sunday, May 6, 2018

    Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044

    Robinson Nature Center will hold its 5th annual plant sale on Sunday, May 6, 2018 between noon and 4:30 PM. Come by and check out the selection of native perennials, shrubs, ground covers, trees and vines from local MD vendors. We encourage patrons to bring cash as some vendors do not accept credit card payment.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all plants benefits educational programs at the Nature Center. Master Gardeners are on hand to answer your questions. If you are a native plant vendor, and would like to sell this year, please see our vendor information and registration form at http://www.howardcountymd.gov/plantnatives and register by April 18th to participate.

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    Upcoming stream science classes

    For 25 years, the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has been teaching the natural history of aquatic ecology and training volunteer stream monitors who track the health of our region’s streams. Learn from the experts: study stream science in our introductory classes, and you just might be inspired to become a stream monitor yourself! Registration is required: register online at http://www.anshome.org/adults. The classes are open to anyone 10 years and older.

    Introduction to Stream Science   
    Classroom Session
    Healthy Stream Biology
    Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD
    Section A: Thursday, January 25 (7-9:30 pm)
    Section B: Thursday, March 15 (7-9:30 pm)
    (Both sections A & B cover the same material)
    Members $15; nonmembers $25
    In the classroom, we will explore how “benthic macroinvertebrates” — organisms that live in the bottom of our streams – help us assess the streams’ health. We will learn how to identify these organisms to the taxonomic level of order through a PowerPoint presentation and by examining preserved specimens through a hands-on session with microscopes. 
    Field Workshop
    Saturday, March 17 (9:30 am – noon)
    Ten Mile Creek, Boyds, MD
    Members $15; nonmembers $25
    In the field workshop, we will visit a stream to practice monitoring techniques and to collect and identify the benthic macroinvertebrates we find.

    Aquatic Insect Family ID 
    Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD (7-9 pm)
    Section A:  Beetles, Megaloptera & Water Bugs, Thursday, February 1
    Section B: Caddisflies & Aquatic Moths, Thursday, February 8
    Section C: Dragonflies, Damselflies & True Flies, Thursday, February 15
    Section D: Mayflies, Thursday, February 22
    Section E:  Stoneflies & Review, Thursday, March 1
    Fee for each section: members $15; nonmembers $25
    Learn how to identify aquatic insects to the taxonomic level of family through this series of five classes. Identification to family level greatly enhances our understanding of stream ecology and the power of our monitoring data.

    How to Read Your Stream
    Thursday, April 5 (7-9:30 pm)
    Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD
    Members $15; nonmembers $25
    Learn about the influence of land uses on streams, stream character and dynamics, bank erosion, bar formation, substrate composition, different velocity-depth regimes, and the importance of riffles and riparian vegetation. We will practice assessing stream habitat by using the forms that monitors fill out in the field. This class is recommended for anyone who plans to participate in the ANS water quality monitoring program and is a good refresher on habitat assessment for experienced monitors.

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    Environmental Scientist, Water Quality

    Coastal Resources, Inc. (http://www.coastal-resources.net/), an ecological consulting firm in Annapolis, Maryland, is seeking an Environmental Scientist with background and experience in aquatic ecology. The successful candidate will have 3 to 5 years related work experience and laboratory capabilities in benthic macroinvertebrate taxonomy (freshwater and/or marine).  Preference will be given to applicants with at least 2 years of applied genus-level benthic macroinvertebrate identification. Society of Freshwater Science (SFS) Taxonomic Certification(s) a plus.  The ideal candidate will also have working knowledge of rapid bioassessment protocols, aquatic habitat, aquatic entomology, fisheries, statistics, and state and federal regulations related to water quality.
    Candidates must have a Bachelors (minimum) or Master’s degree in environmental science, biology, ecology or a related field. Coursework in aquatic ecology, aquatic entomology, fisheries, statistical analysis, environmental assessment, and environmental chemistry is desirable.  Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work effectively both independently and in multi-disciplinary teams. Position requires field work in all weather conditions, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a high level of teamwork in a fast-paced work environment.

    Competitive salary and benefits package. EEO. No phone calls please. Email cover letter, resume, and references to pamf@cri.biz

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