Rain date September 18th
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 7 a.m. 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 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. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time.$25 per person. Ages 13 and older. Registration and current health guidelines required.