Watershed Series Continues With Citizen Bio Blitz

OCEAN CITY — The Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) will be hosting the second series of the “Discover Your Watershed” program, Saturday, May 12 at the Lizard Hill Restoration site from 10 a.m.-1 pm.

Originally a large sand pit, Lizard Hill is now a spectacular 30-acre Atlantic white cedar community, a once common ecological community of trees that is now virtually non-existent in Maryland. The objective of this restoration project is to reintroduce this native tree while also reducing nutrient inputs into the St. Martin River.

Lizard Hill is a State Highway Administration (SHA) property so public access is limited. This Discover Your Watershed program is a great opportunity to see and experience this successful restoration project first hand.

This watershed event will be a Citizen Science Bio Blitz. This will involve looking for birds, reptiles, amphibians, plants, fish and macroinvertebrates and recording what is found. If you don’t know too much about the plants or animals in this area, don’t worry about it. Experts will be on hand to assist in identifying all the critters. This event will be all about learning, having fun, and collecting valuable scientific data.

This is the perfect opportunity for school groups, church groups, families and individuals to explore a MCBP management property that is typically closed to the public.

Lunch will be provided after the event. Long pants, old shoes or boots, sunscreen, and bug spray are encouraged. This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP by contacting Amanda at [email protected] or call 410-213-2297 ext. 103.

The third program will be held Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grays Creek.

The Discover Your Watershed series is a program dedicated to providing residents and visitors the opportunity to explore and learn about area restoration properties in the coastal bays watershed. The first Discover Your Watershed event was a great success as over 30 volunteers participated in the Bishopville restoration project last month.

MCBP is a 501 c3 non-profit dedicated to protecting the five coastal bays located behind Ocean City and Assateague Island.