Learn How Meadow Restoration Benefits Birds and Water Quality

Grassland Chester River
Grassland at Chester River

Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse

8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco, MD 20677

PTRC and the Southern Maryland Audubon Society present a talk by Dan Small, Field Ecologist at the Center of Environment and Society at Washington College, “Native Grassland Restoration, Management and Avian Studies at the Chester River Research Station.” Dan will inform us of his latest efforts in working with landowners to add habitat to their land that will be beneficial for grassland birds as well as helping to improve water quality.

The Center for Environment and Society is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Its land-based research arm, the Chester River Field Research Station, conducts    research on breeding bird response to a long term grassland restoration project and also operates a migration banding station. During the summer months, Dan can be found out in the native warm season grassland leading undergraduate interns through the fields studying breeding grassland birds. He is a NABC certified trainer and has been banding and birding for around 15 years.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks will be served.

Learn What St. Mary’s College Students’ Analysis Tells Us About Port Tobacco Bird Populations

St. Mary's College report cover page

Join us Thursday, June 2, as researchers from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the state’s public honors college, present the results of their Analysis of the Port Tobacco Christmas Bird Count.Thirty years of data have been analyzed to inform the relationship between open space, population, density and bird populations. Come and learn about our bird populations throughout the years and get a greater understanding of how important bird counts are.

The event is free and open to the public. We will offer complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks. Hope to see you Thursday, June 2, at 7:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Express, 6860 Crain Hwy in La Plata.

 

Drinks, Snacks, and Fish Migration on April 7

Fish Ladder in Port Tobacco Creek
Fish Ladder in Port Tobacco Creek

Did you know there is a fish ladder in the Port Tobacco Creek at Route 6? A fish ladder is a structure that allows migratory fish, such as yellow perch and river herring, to bypass a barrier and migrate upstream to their spawning habitat.

Join us on Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 pm, as Jim Thompson, Fish Passage Coordinator for MD DNR, talks about the importance of fish passage and dam removal in Maryland for restoring migratory fish populations. Jim promises to “blow your mind” with information on how dam removals may be one of the best tools to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

The fish ladder itself is maintained by the State Highway Administration, and Bill Buettner of SHA’s Environmental Programs Division will tell us about SHA’s efforts to locate sites to mitigate impacts to wetlands, streams, forest and wildlife habitat.

The event is free and open to the public. We will offer complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. Hope to see you at 7:00 on April 7 at the Holiday Inn Express, 6860 Crain Hwy in La Plata.

A Public Tree Planting Project – Port Tobacco River Park

Preserve Plant Play

 

Residents are invited to help plant trees along the Port Tobacco River as part of a month-long celebration of Earth Day. Grab the kids and join us for a few fun-filled hours of improving our local environment!
The Conservancy for Charles County and the Port Tobacco River Conservancy have partnered with Charles County Government to develop a natural tree buffer area to help protect the important wetlands that surround the Port Tobacco River. With the assistance of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Charles County recently acquired 149 acres of undeveloped land along the headwaters of this historic river. Initial plans call to convert the existing agricultural fields into natural forest buffer areas in an effort to create watershed protection and natural wildlife habitat. This public tree planting event is the first step towards that goal. In time, the Port Tobacco River Park will offer public access to hiking trails and outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities.
Four separate event dates are available:
• Saturday, April 2 9:00 a.m. – Noon
• Sunday, April 3 Noon – 3:00 p.m.
• Saturday, April 9 9:00 a.m. – Noon.
• Sunday, April 10 Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Due to parking limitations, preregistration is required. To sign-up, please call the Charles County Parks Division Office @ 301-932-3470 or register online using Volunteer Spot. Go to http://vols.pt/nZdkcc
Port Tobacco River Park is located on Chapel Point Road in Port Tobacco, Maryland (approximately 1 mile from Rte. 6). With the exception of special events, this park is currently not open for public access.

April 16 PTRC Meeting — Restoring Streams and Rivers to Health

Join us Thursday, April 16, as Kirk Mantay, Watershed Restoration Director of the South River Federation, tells us how they are bringing Church Creek back to life and how we can use the same practices in Charles County watersheds. The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Location: Holiday Inn Express Banquet Hall, 6860 Crain Hwy, La Plata, MD 20646