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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-213-2297 ext 106.
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
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 email@example.com 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 |
The biyearly Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee met at Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge on Wednesday, January 21st. Meeting minutes can be viewed here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org