Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust

COVE POINT NATURAL HERITAGE TRUST

The mission of the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust is to preserve and protect ecologically sensitive sites at Cove Point and vicinity through land conservation, scientific research, and environmental education.

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Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust
11785 Clifton Drive
P.O. Box 336
Lusby, MD 20657
410.394.1300

 

RECENT ACTIVITIES 2016

Quarterly Report

Hellen Creek is a great place for birds to nest. Bald Eagles use the creek and often nest nearby the Preserve. The number of Wild Turkeys has been increasing. We added wood duck boxes this spring, but were a little late for this year’s occupation. We hope for better luck next year.

Several field trips including one with Calvert Nature Society took place on the Preserve in 2016. We installed some posts to help make interior access from the footbridge easier.

   

The Children’s Garden at Calvert Marine Museum was installed and is in its second blooming.

   

Our support for scientific research included the annual plant monitoring at Cove Point and an ongoing effort to measure and track the horseshoe crab population at the beach. We partnered with Calvert Nature Society to sponsor three lectures in 2015 and 2016. Paul Bushmann presented his efforts on horseshoe crab surveys at Cove Point at their annual meeting.

   

The Ruth Mathes Scholarship fund continues to support students at St. Mary’s College, Morgan State, the College of Southern Maryland, and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Solomons. The Trust funded the Calvert County non-tidal water monitoring program for the fifth year. St. Mary’s River Watershed Association program Future Bay Leaders was funded for its third year.

In 2016 we continued to pursue acquisition of the adjacent TNC’s Hemlock Preserve. The Trust also sponsored a Calvert County land preservation workshop.

Quarterly Update
January-March 2017

Outreach

Calvert County is working on the update of their Comprehensive Plan. One of the groups seeking to have input is a coalition group called Sustainable Calvert Network. We are a member of that group and I represent us at their meetings. I have attended several listening sessions on the Plan, including one on the recreation and parks section. We encourage everyone to attend the April 6th meeting at the College of Southern Maryland (Prince Frederick campus) meeting which will focus on natural resources. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.

We are a charter member of the Calvert Citizen’s Green Team. We are planning for the upcoming Calvert Green Expo to be held on Saturday June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Annmarie Gardens. The event will feature more than 100 booths with leaders and educators in green living. You can see the recent developments in renewable energy and green technology, learn how to lower home energy costs, harness solar power, find green products for your home and business, plant a healthier garden, and compost your waste.

March was the first meeting of Calvert County’s Land Preservation Committee. We were introduced to the new Rural Planner Lindsay Halterman. Rural Legacy and other programs deadlines were discussed. We are looking to coming up with a prioritized list of properties for preservation.

Education

Chesapeake Public Charter School invited me to introduce their second grade classes to the joys of bird watching. They are participating in National Audubon Society’s Project Feeder Watch again this year and I introduce them to the local birds and use of a field guide. A delightful mixture of enthusiasm and interest greets me each time I visit this school.

January 14th was my annual Master Gardener Garden Smarter program. This year my program was “Creating a Habitat with Native Plants”, held at the Southern Branch of the Calvert County library. The Neighbors and Newcomers Group of Southern Maryland invited me to give a lunch time presentation at Ruddy Duck four days later. Some thirty ladies were in attendance to hear about the where and what Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust is.

February found me at the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators annual conference. In addition to attending several excellent workshops, I did one of my own. An overflow audience heard “A Low Tech Approach to Bird Watching”. The highlight of the conference for me was meeting an educator who credited me and the Hollywood Learning Enrichment Afterschool Program I taught her with putting her on the path to teaching science.

At the end of February the fifth annual Master Naturalist classes began. This program teaches individuals about the various aspects of natural history in the coastal plains of Maryland. This year’s group has 22 students. St. Mary’s County initiated their inaugural program this year. We cosponsor the Calvert program and provide guidance and funding for the St. Mary’s program though a grant with the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

In March we sponsored the annual winter lecture for Calvert Nature Society featuring Mike Raupp’s talk “Bugs Make the World Go Round”. The audience was entertained by the lively discussion and excellent photography and videos of bugs in action. He also had copies of his children’s book and 26 Things That Bug Me.

Science

In January the board approved our fifth year of funding the Future Bay Leaders program. This effort by the St. Mary’s Watershed Association has trained dozens of high school and college students in running restoration projects including oyster replenishment and construction of rain gardens.

In March the board accepted the final reports of Brent Steury monitoring the plant communities at the Cove Point marsh and Paul Bushmann’s horseshoe crab surveys. You can read their findings and previous years efforts in the Complete Studies section of this webpage. The board approved funding for both efforts for the 2017 season.

The board also approved funding for Calvert County’s non-tidal water monitoring effort. This is our sixth year of funding and volunteering to aid in the data collection.

 

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