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Save-the-Date Green Neighbor Festival 2018

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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Green Neighbor Festival May 20 & 21, 2017

A FREE Public Event
No tickets are necessary and an event guidebook will be offered at the event.
Lake Tour | Plant Sales | Eco-Friendly Vendors | Fish Release | Kid’s Activities | Tree Tours

Hood College’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies (CCWS) and the Friends of Baker Park are excited to announce the NEW 2017 Green Neighbor Festival, scheduled for May 20 & 21! Formerly the Green Neighbor Forum, the 2-day festival will be promoting environmental sustainability and “green” practices to protect land, water, and energy resources. Held in conjunction with Celebrate Frederick’s Behind the Garden Gates Tour, the festival will be located around Baker Park’s Culler Lake and will feature an educational walking tour of the newly restored lake structures, eco-friendly vendors, family-friendly activities, a tree tour, a fish release and more!

Save the Dates & Tell Your Neighbor!

Saturday May 20 & Sunday May 21, 2017
Noon – 5 PM
At Culler Lake in Baker Park, Frederick, MD
West 2nd Street & College Terrace

Green Neighbor Festival is brought to you by:

Maryland Biological Stream Survey at Hood College

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.DNRtrainingRoblox Free Unlimited Robux and Tix

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Spring has come to Culler Lake

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!

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!

Architectural plans

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.


CCWS Design Plans

Kids-Safe Streams

CCWS is working on a campaign to incorporate  research, citizen science and peer-peer mentorships.

We will keep you posted as more information unfolds.