Natural History Society of Maryland: Explore Maryland’s Coastal Bays – A Restoration Tour

Date: July 13, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: 10652 Cemetery Road, Bishopville, MD, USA

Come join us on the beautiful Eastern Shore for a fun-filled day of learning about local restoration projects and hands-on scientific sampling. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program will provide a tour of two innovative restoration properties, Lizard Hill and the Bishopville Dam Removal.

Lizard Hill is a 20-acre created wetland that filters out pollution from an adjoining stream. The site was planted with over 6,500 Atlantic white cedar trees and has grown into a beautiful forested property providing extraordinary native habitat. Participants will tour the property, learning about the value of restoration and the details of this project’s design. Following the tour we will conduct a fish seining survey to learn about the local freshwater fish.

After this, we will travel just down the road to a recently completed dam removal project! The Bishopville dam was removed in 2015 to allow fish to run upstream, opening 7 miles of habitat. We will take a tour of the property, then conduct a macroinvertebrate survey to learn about the bugs in the water and how they are related to water quality.

Register to attend: https://marylandnature.wildapricot.org/event-3366220  

This fun-filled day of touring restoration properties and hands-on sampling will be led by Amanda Poskaitis, an Environmental Scientist at the Maryland Coastal Bays Program. Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Marine Sciences from University of Maryland Eastern Shore and another in Biology from Salisbury University. She loves being outdoors in nature and sharing her knowledge and experience with others.

Photo credit: Maryland Coastal Bays Program

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