Maryland Coastal Bays

Get Involved

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!
 
You can always help out at your own home! Download Form to Register your Bay Friendly Lawn
  
Reptile, amphibian search May 10 
 
 
The fourteenth annual Great Worcester Herp Search will take place Saturday, May 10 when volunteers scour Delmarva lands for reptiles and amphibians.

Sponsored by the Coastal Bays Program, Salisbury Zoo, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Salisbury University, the search kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Delmarva Discovery Center in Pocomoke City. A brief pre-hunt training session will feature live turtles, snakes, frogs, and salamanders and explain ways to identify them in the wild. It is free to the public and will be held to prep volunteers for searching four sites in the morning and afternoon.

Last year 132 reptiles and amphibians representing 19 species were the result of the search held in Worcester County. Finds included coastal plain milksnakes, ringneck snakes, and smooth earth snakes. Box turtles were found along with fence lizards, marbled salamanders and four-toed salamanders. Four species of frogs and toads were encountered including the rare eastern narrow-mouthed toad.

In Worcester, there are approximately 19 species of snakes, 15 species of frogs and toads, six species of salamanders, 13 species of turtles, and four species of lizards. The search will provide data to help DNR scientists better understand population trends in this declining group of vertebrates as they continue the first ever Maryland Herp Atlas. Any person finding any reptile or amphibian can contribute to the atlas by posting a photo or recording along with date and location on the Lower Shore Herp Atlas facebook page.

This year’s herp search sites include public and private parcels in the heavily forested southern part of the peninsula. No animals are harmed or removed from the wild during the search.

Participants should bring a sack lunch and drinks. Groups will return from the field around 12:30 p.m. for lunch then hunt again until approximately 5 p.m. All children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Sunscreen, mosquito and tick repellant, greenbriar proof-pants, bright clothing, and boots are recommended.

For more information call the Coastal Bays Program office at 410-213-2297 or email marshhawk67@gmail.com.

Property Maintenance

 

We're gearing up for property maintenance, which means we will need folks to help weed invasive plants, clear brush and assist with other various outside activities. If you are interested in receiving updates on such property projects, please let Bill know by emailing him at bmahoney@mdcoastalbays.org 
 
Seal Steward Training
 
Our partners the Marine Mammal Stranding Program plan on conducting another seal steward training. A date has not been established but should you be interested in attending, please Contact Sandi at sandis@mdcoastlbays.org or call 410-213-229 ext 107.
 
 
 
 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 Sandi Smith.
 
 
 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!
 
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