***This Field Work Friday will be an all day event in support of our inaugural SAV Watch-A-Thon event. See below for details***
This week, Field Work Friday (FWF) will temporary expand program hours in support of our first ever SAV Watch-A-Thon event at Jug Bay. We will NOT have FWF from 9am-12pm but instead operate the program in conjunction with our SAV Watch-A-Thon occurring that day from 10-4pm. FWF will return to normal program hours next week.
Submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) are critical components of a healthy aquatic ecosystem providing habitat and nursery grounds for fish, serving as food for animals such as turtles and waterfowl, clearing the water by reducing wave action, absorbing excess nutrients, and reducing shoreline erosion. At this one-day event, volunteers will be trained to identify and count SAV in the morning and, after a brown bag lunch, will paddle into the Jug Bay estuary to collect valuable data on SAV growth and abundance. No prior scientific experience is necessary however prior experience paddling is helpful. Canoes, kayaks, and PFD’s will be provided. Please meet at the Jug Bay Visitor Center located at 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711.