Non-profit groups could not survive without the help of volunteers, and the Coastal Bays Program is no exception. We need volunteers for various activities throughout the year, including our Osprey Triathlon, Earth Day Cleanup, Maryland Coast Day and many other assorted opportunities that come up. If you are in need of community service hours, let us know and we'll try to help you!
ISO-Volunteers to Assist Watermen with Abandon Crab Pot Survey
The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has awarded MCBP a $5,000 community outreach grant for a ghost crab pot/turtle excluder program.
We are looking for volunteers to accompany our waterman on their boats to fill out survey sheets and take pictures. This will start the week of November 18th. Must be flexible with the schedule.
contact email@example.com or call 410-213-2297 ext 107.
Street Vegetable Garden Steward
to the funding and time of the Bank of America staff, the Mulit-purpose building
on flower street has four raised beds that were used as a vegetable and herb
gardens last summer.
is in need of volunteers to steward this project. Responsibilities would include
seeking plant donations, recruiting volunteers to help tend the garden and
creating a plan for the distribution and/or sale of the harvest.
winter, with the help of the Oyster Recovery Partnership, MCBP distributed
oyster cages and spat to volunteers who then tended and grew the oysters for one
year. At the end of the year the oysters were released into the coastal bays
where they will hopefully contribute to the natural population.
amazed at some of the areas where oysters were able to thrive in their cages,
and are anxious to see what happens to the released oysters over the next
MCBP needs help in order to continue the
oyster growing program. We can find funding to grow this program but we need a
lead volunteer/ or group to handle logistics.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bill at 410-213-2297 ext 106 for more
information on both of these projects.
Lizard Hill Restoration Volunteer
The Lizard Hill Restoration Site is a property located in Bishopville, MD that belongs to the State Highway Administration. Maryland Coastal Bays Program, along with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and other partners, has worked to restore and manage this property. This site was once a sand and gravel mine, but through the efforts of our incredible volunteers and partners, this area is progressively becoming a natural Atlantic cedar bog habitat. Over the past year, over 1,500 native trees have been planted on this 30 acre property.
Currently, MCBP is looking for a few dedicated individuals to form a team that will assist in restoration programs and property maintenance at Lizard Hill. This will include planting native species, removing invasive plants, and recording observations at the site. We are looking for individuals who are as passionate about our environment as we are. The full position description can be found here. If you are interested in becoming a Lizard Hill volunteer leader, contact our volunteer coordinator
Reel in and Recycle Project Leader
Maryland Coastal Bays is taking part in a Boat US Foundation program called “Reel in and Recycle.” Through this program we received a few containers designed as disposal mechanisms for fishing line. By placing these containers at popular fishing locations, Maryland Coastal Bays is working to keep fishing lines out of the water and off of the land.
MCBP needs help installing these containers, as well as maintaining them. The containers must be emptied once a month and the line must be boxed up and sent to Berkley Recycling in Iowa, and the volunteer must log information on the amount of line collected on that certain day.
This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and become an asset to the Maryland Coastal Bays Program. We can’t protect our watershed without you!
To find out more about our ongoing volunteer opportunities, click HERE.
Volunteering can even be as easy as looking out your window. If you spot a terrapin, you can report it HERE
, and become a citizen scientist!