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Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society Report -- November 20, 2014

Flora Signs
During July and August Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists from Calvert County surveyed the flora along Fishing Creek and Brownies Beach. They identified 49 different species. Nancy Feuerle took photos of each and collected leaf samples. She then prepared graphics to be attached to sign posts. The lamination was done by TNT graphics and the signs were attached to wooden posts by CBOCS volunteers. 

On October 25, under Nancy’s direction, 32 CBOCS members, friends, LORAX club students from Northern High School and Chesapeake Beach maintenance personnel installed the signs. The results are spectacular and we receive many positive comments from trail walkers.

Nancy is continuing to obtain laminated specimens of all the leaves to be used for classroom education with the new smart board program. She is also preparing a activity book “Flora of Chesapeake Beach” which will provide an excellent field guide for interested people walking our trails. 

Photos by Nancy Feuerle

September, October and November brought 14 bus loads of 5th grade students from 6 Northern Calvert County Elementary Schools to Fishing Creek for the oyster field trip sponsored by CHESPAX. During this time CBOCS provided the classroom, laboratory and security while the Calvert County Natural Resource staff provided the instruction. 

Each trip lasted 3 hours and included identification of oyster animals, measuring of oyster spat and testing water quality and depth. At the end a discussion was held to determine if Fishing Creek was a good place for an oyster garden. The answer was a resounding yes. 

There were special visits from Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt, Superintendent of Calvert Schools Dr. Daniel Curry, several senior staff from Calvert Schools and the Calvert County Natural Resource Department. 

Oyster Larvae
There is an exciting news update about the oyster larvae to spat cycle. In early September Beach Elementary students were able to participate in deploying several hundred oyster larvae into a tank of shells. During this time Mary Butz, Beach elementary science teacher took some larvae and put them under a 40 power microscope. It was amazing to see that the poppy seed size larvae were actually fully developed oysters. During the next 8 weeks they grew to be the size of a dime. 

Photos by John Bacon

Chesapeake Beach’s oyster tree will be on display again this year in the Town Hall lobby from December 1–19. Fifth grade students at Beach Elementary School are busy decorating oyster shells. Plan to visit Town Hall during this time to see their creations.

January will be busy working on the smart board program module titled “Treasures of a Tidal Marsh”. 

February CBOCS is expecting to receive the permit to deploy the reef balls on the Old Rock Reef. This will probably happen later in the spring on a warm calm day. 

To view a complete list of activities and the next 3 month CBOCS calendar,
click here

John Bacon, Chair, CBOCS Steering Committee

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