Mark your calendars for the next Green Neighbor Festival spring 2018. Held once again at restored Culler Lake Park in Frederick, MD, the Festival will educate and inspire sustainable habits everyone can adopt to protect natural resources.
Vendor information will be published before the end of the calendar year. Until then reserve time in your planner for this one-day event.
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Project BWET-Schoolyard Thermal Evaluation & Mitigation (STEM) recently completed its very first semester at Walkersville High School. FOT students were trained in building custom temperature loggers, while EnvSci students used the loggers and other data variables to measure their schoolyard’s heat island impacts on a local stream.
Read more about BWET-STEM’s first year…
Welcome Connie Ray to CCWS! Connie is an Americorps VISTA volunteer for the 2017-2018 year, serving as project coordinator of the Growing for a Healthy Future program. Learn more about Connie and the Growing for a Healthy Future program.
The Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies sponsored the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) annual Summer Maryland Biological Stream Survey training which was held at Hood College last week, May 27 – 30. More than fifty people from the DNR, Versar, and other environmental service organizations attended the training to learn more about freshwater taxonomy and stream sampling protocols.
Each day was filled with presentations by representatives from the DNR and biology professors. Trainees learned how to identify freshwater shellfish, herpetofauna, plants, and fish in the field. Many of the participants became certified taxonomists in these areas as well as certified Crew Leaders for stream survey sampling.
The training concluded with a field demonstration of a complete stream survey in Baker Park. The team caught fish by electrofishing, identified them, and then returned them to the creek. The pictures below are from that stream survey in Carroll Creek. The crayfish in the lower left is an invasive species to Maryland, Orconectes virilis. The two fish in the lower right are two different species of Sun Fish: a native Redbreast Sunfish and a non-native Bluegill. Overall the training was a great success and the staff at the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies is looking forward to working with the DNR again in the future.Roblox Free Unlimited Robux and Tix
To find out more information about the event or future certification training, contact us or visit www.dnr.state.md.us.
Nycticorax nycticorax is more commonly known as the Black Crowned Night Heron. Black Crowned Night Herons make their summer homes in Frederick (and other areas in North America) to breed, and then travel back down south to Mexico and Central America during their non-breeding season. As their name suggests, they are much more active at night, but during breeding season they must spend as much time hunting as possible, so they can be seen fishing in the lake by day as well. Since the herons nest together as a group, they also take care of one another’s offspring. It’s not uncommon for juveniles to be taken care of by any bird in the nesting area.
Spring has come to Culler Lake, and so has the Black Crowned Night Heron!
See them for yourselves! They’re currently building nests in the trees on the northwest corner of the lake, by the baseball fields. The adults are mainly a gray and white with a black crown and back. They have red eyes and a thin white feather at the nape of their necks. Make sure you’re on the watch for juveniles at the beginning of summer as well. Each female will have 3-5 in a clutch. The juveniles will be light brown in color with white spots and yellow eyes. Make a trip down to Culler Lake before they head down south for winter!
Take a look at the architectural plans for the new Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies. Everything is still on task to begin construction at the end of May.
Check back for more photos.
We are now accepting applications for the Coastal Studies Semester. If you are interested in applying, please contact Claire Hudson at email@example.com or Ron Albaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit www.hood.edu/coastal
CCWS is working on a campaign to incorporate research, citizen science and peer-peer mentorships.
We will keep you posted as more information unfolds.