From the Desk of Alan Girard Fall 2014

Fall on the Shore  

Maryland's Eastern Shore Director Alan Girard. Photo by Nikki Davis.
CBF's Eastern Shore Director Alan Girard. Photo by Nikki Davis.

The work of cleaning up our local rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay can't be done alone—it takes a village to restore our waterways to health. That's why I'm so excited to introduce CBF's new Eastern Shore Grassroots Field Specialist Hilary Gibson!

As we all work together to follow the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint and get the Bay off the federal dirty waters list, Hilary is here to connect you with ways to help finish the job. With her help, we at CBF are gearing up for an exciting fall season, and I hope you'll be a part of it. Please join us at one (or more!) of the following opportunities:

  • Tyaskin Creek Discovery Trip Paddle
    November 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Wetipquin Park, Tyaskin  
    Explore Tyaskin Creek with CBF naturalist Bart Jaeger. Instruction and equipment will be provided. Come dressed for the weather, bring a lunch, and be ready to have fun! $10 for CBF Members, $15 for non-members. Space is limited. Click here to register now. 

  • Across the Bay 10k 
    November 7 12-3 p.m., November 8 4 p.m.-7 p.m., and November 9 all day
    Kent Island and Annapolis, MD
    CBF is one of four charities chosen to be an official charity partner of this inaugural race across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The race is sold-out, but there are still volunteer opportunities for this iconic event showcasing the Chesapeake Bay in all its glory. Register here!

  • Practical Approaches to Run-Off and Oxford Tour!
    November 12, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Oxford Community Center 
    200 Oxford Road, Oxford, MD
    This program is hosted by the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore and features the latest on efforts in Oxford and Talbot County to treat polluted runoff before it fouls our local waterways. The cutting-edge work is getting national attention. CBF's Alan Girard is a featured speaker and a short tour of polluted runoff control projects is included! Free and open to the public. Don't miss out! Click here for more information.

  • Waterfowl Festival 
    November 14, 15, 16
    Downtown Easton, MD
    CBF will be at this year's Waterfowl Festival, and we need your help to make it a success! Come staff our table and educate the public about the important conservation and restoration work that we do here at CBF. Volunteers will attend a training session on the details of our exhibit, current clean water issues, and what to expect from volunteering. Contact CBF's Hilary Gibson at hgibson@cbf.org or 410-543-1999 if you're interested.

  • Bringing Back the Bay's Oysters: Accelerating Progress
    November 17, 5:30-7 p.m.
    Talbot County Free Library

    100 West Dover St., Easton, MD
    Towering oyster reefs once dotted the Bay at low tide like islands. How can vertical relief be restored to communities of this iconic species? What are the benefits to the Bay and how can concrete "reef balls" jump start the process? Join CBF's Director of Fisheries Bill Goldsborough for the latest on the future of oyster restoration and what it means for the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Program includes discussion, a short video, and a sampling of products from our good friends at Rise Up Coffee Roasters. Click here to learn more.

—Alan Girard
Eastern Shore of Maryland Director
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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