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Marsh Madness

Sep 17th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

IMG_20140809_121607_452 - CopyThe weather is starting to cool off, so it’s time to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Too late to sign up for the International Coastal Cleanup this Saturday? No problem! Come to MDC and help us plant our new salt marsh habitat, which will be home to a nature trail, amphitheater, a new kayak launch, a marshgrass nursery, a living shoreline demonstration area, and more.

IMG_20140809_092008_827 - CopyFrom 8am – 1pm on Saturday, September 20, volunteers are needed to install plants of various sizes. Most of the plants are 8-18 inches and easy to handle. The work is moderately strenuous and involves walking in uneven, sandy (sometimes wet) terrain. Participants must be a minimum of 10yrs of age, and participants under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

If you’re interested in participating, please RSVP to Traci@marinediscoverycenter.org. There will be some tools and gloves available, or you can bring your own for the work day. Volunteers should bring water to stay hydrated and wear close-toed shoes.

This will be the fourth day of planting the salt marsh; over 14,000 plants have been introduced already and are doing well. Fish, wading birds, ospreys, and fiddler crabs are now regularly spotted in the new habitat. Get involved in this exciting community project!

Photos: Salyna Dvorovy