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Spring 2013 Oyster Planting & Upcoming Field Trip to Horn Point Lab

Dear CBOCS Members and Friends, 

The spring planting event held on June 1st occurred without a hitch! A total of 31 MGO cages were delivered by participants, who then helped plant the approximately 2000 2-inch diameter oysters on our sanctuary reef at Old Rock. Our thanks to everyone who helped with the event! They included: John Bacon, Stasia Bannister, Charlie Brown, Valerie Beaudin, Ashley Beaudin, Connie Dunkerson, Elizabeth Henry, Kathy Johnson, Lucy Johnson, Terry Klazer, Bill Leeble, Eunice Lin, Bob Munro, Dan Novak, Darryl Noyes, Keith Pardieck, Marianne Valaer and Charlie Valaer. 

Town Council Floats Bay Retriever: Tending our oysters became a little bit easier this year when the CB Town Council approved the purchase of a 17' Carolina Skiff for a variety of purposes, including, boardwalk maintenance, Fishing Creek clean up events, and of course supporting our oyster cultivation program. Members of the CBOCS Steering Committee did a great job identifying this need, acquiring bids, and taking the proposal forward to the Town Council! Kudos to the Town Council for not only supporting this initiative, but also for suggesting that the students of Beach Elementary hold a contest to name the boat! The winning name -- Bay Retriever. Look for it at our fall planting event.

Field Trip To Horn Point Laboratory: Ever wonder where our oyster spat come from? Want to learn more about the DNR oyster restoration program? Want to learn more about the science behind Bay restoration activities? Then please join us for a field trip to Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, MD on July 20, 2013 where we will be given a 90-minute walking tour of their facility. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow members and learn more about Bay restoration! The tour will begin at the Coastal Sciences Building with a presentation on Chesapeake Bay facts and problems; Horn Point research that seeks solutions for restoration and your role as stewards of the Bay. There will be three stops on the tour where they will tell the story of the vital role of science in: (1) the physical oceanography of the Bay, (2) Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) and the Bay ecosystem, (3) oyster restoration and conservation of key Bay species such as sturge on and terrapin. 

  • The tour is geared for ages 12 and up, and is a walking tour. 

  • We have chartered a bus and space is limited to 24 people (first come, first served). 

  • Bus transportation and tour are free; lunch and any other purchases are responsibility of individual. 

Contact Kathy Johnson (410-257-2230; at Town Hall by 8 July 2013 to make a reservation.

Trip Schedule:
8 am -- Leave Chesapeake Beach
10 - 11:30 am -- Horn Point Lab. tour
12:30 - 3 pm -- St. Michaels, Md (lunch, sight seeing & shopping)
5 pm -- Arrive Chesapeake Beach

Keith Pardieck
Chair, CBOCS Steering Committee

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