Our fall Nature Walk was a family affair with neighbors from across the creek joining us for a misty morning trip down the Hellen Creek Trail. We also explored the new acquired Turner Road property by land after a summer kayak excursion.
The Trust participated in the annual Patuxent River Appreciation Days event at the Calvert Marine Museum. The Green Village included several other non-profit groups and attracted an interested group of visitors in its new location. We help sponsor the second County Commissioner candidate forum held by the Sustainable Calvert Network at the county fairgrounds in October.
Staff has been active in the St. Maryís County Master Naturalist program and completed the training in mid November. We hope to get several volunteers to assist on upcoming projects at the Preserve. Staff has explored program assistance to a local home school group as well as local scouts groups. The Calvert Citizenís Green Team is looking for new leadership and we are planning for upcoming activities in 2019.
Fall bird migration began with the disappearance of our nesting hummingbirds followed by sporadic southbound hummers through early October. Late in the month the wood thrushes were replaced by hermit thrushes and our first juncos since April began appearing. Ruby-crowned kinglets beat their cousins the golden-crowned kinglets by several days. Soon after, white-throated sparrows were heard by the creek. So far the waterfowl have not arrived in any numbers.
Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust (PTLT) is working with the Navy REPI program and the owners (TNC) of the Hemlock Preserve to push the acquisition of the property by CPNHT. The paperwork required by the REPI board has been presented. After their review we hope to have a positive decision in early 2019.
The Trust is now managing the 169 acre track off of Turner Road we acquired in June. This property is across the creek from the Hellen Creek and Hemlock Preserves. A large part of this effort is dealing with repairs to the two rental properties that were acquired.
Deer hunting is continuing on both the north and south shores of our Hellen Creek property. As with any private hunting is restricted to those people with official permission to use the property.
Brent Steury has delivered his annual plant monitoring at the Cove Point Marsh report. He also submitted the survey on the beetle population associated with populations of lizardís tail (herbaceous plant) in the marsh. Both are available on this website under Research.
Paul Bushmannís horseshoe crab survey for 2018 has been completed and the interim report including monitoring in the daylight hours by volunteers has been received.
Greg Kearns received funding for 2018/2019 migration monitoring.
American Chestnut Land Trust Science Committee held a meeting to review research and monitoring efforts on their properties. Staff participated in framing the five year plan for action on their properties. We are also cooperating with effort to form a St. Leonard Creek preservation group. Staff wrote a letter promising programming assistance and a field trip in the spring.