Fish of Jug Bay Annual Citizen Science/Kayak Experience

Sep 10, 2023 10:00AM—3:00PM


Emory Waters Nature Preserve 6032 Pindell Road Lothian, MD 20711

Cost $25.00


Join Jug Bay Volunteer Naturalists in Jug Bay’s newest Participatory Science Survey. See how the fish community in a tidal freshwater marsh reflects the changing tides and discover Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary’s newest property, the Emory Waters Nature Preserve. We will start with a seine net survey at 10 am to capture low tide fish, then launch kayaks from the farm pier to observe the abundant wildlife and plants at the wetlands of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. We will paddle along the shore and marsh edges of the Patuxent River, looking for beavers, muskrats, osprey, bald eagles, red winged black birds, ducks, and many other animals. Finally, we will return to Emory Waters for the high tide survey. Participants can expect to actively paddle for 2.5 to 3 hours, learn how to identify and handle young fish and how similar data are used to understand fish communities and help manage fisheries.  The bad weather date is Sunday, September 17,1:30-6:30 pm.

The Patuxent River is a relatively slow-moving river, but paddlers must be able to propel the canoe through the water. Participants must be able to:

1. Independently participate in all activities while maintaining an appropriate and safe body position.

2. Manage all personal care and personal mobility independently.

3. Effectively communicate with leaders and other participants.

Bring plenty of water, lunch, sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, and wear closed toe shoes that can get wet & muddy. Your feet will get wet! Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time.$25 per person.  Ages 13  and older. No refunds after 9.7.23. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.