Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Maryland Geocaching Seminar

A free Geocaching 101 seminar will be taught by members of the Maryland Geocaching Society, from 9 to 10 a.m. on October 8. The seminar, hosted by New Germany State Park, will be held at the New Germany Lake House.

“There are a number of approved geocaches hidden in the park,” said Ranger Erin Thomas of New Germany State Park. “If you’re new to the game, this is a great place to get started.”

Geocaching is a world-wide treasure-hunting game in which participants use GPS units to locate ‘geocaches,’ which are containers that usually hold a logbook and other items.

Upon locating a geocache, participants are encouraged to take an item from the container and replace it with something of equal or greater value.

A limited number of GPS units will be available for loan during the class. For more information, contact 301-895-5453 or

source: MD DNR

Friday, September 16, 2011

Marylanders Plant Trees Program

Help is available to help replace trees that were destroyed in Maryland by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The State is offering $25 coupons toward the purchase of a Maryland native tree through the Marylanders Plant Trees program.

Citizens concerned about planting new trees in light of the recent storms can learn best practices on selecting the location of new trees by visiting or by contacting a participating tree nursery for further tips and advice.

Groups that would like to plant trees on public lands such as schools, churches and parks can buy them at a significant discount through Tree-Mendous Maryland. These trees also contribute to Maryland's citizen tree planting goal.

Trees protect water quality, clean our air and provide important wildlife habitat. One large tree can eliminate 5,000 gallons of stormwater runoff each year, and well placed trees can help reduce energy costs by 15 to 35 percent. Trees also help beautify communities and parks, provide sound barriers and shade, and help increase property values.

The Marylanders Plant Trees program continues to offer $25 coupons toward the purchase of native trees costing $50 or more, redeemable at nearly 86 participating nurseries across the State.

DNR encourages citizens to “plant and be counted” by registering every tree they plant. Participants will be eligible for prizes, while observing the environmental benefits of their tree through interactive maps and charts. For more information, a list of prizes, and to register a tree, visit

2011 Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest

Allen Sklar took overall top honors in the 8th Annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest with his bird photograph, ‘Fast’ Food Pick-up. The winning photo captured a bald eagle swooping down onto Assateague Beach shoreline.

Allen Sklar explained the moment when the photograph was captured:

“Getting the shot was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It was really cool. I had just got done fishing at the beach when I saw an eagle sitting on a sand dune, which is extremely unusual. I looked around because I knew something was going on and I saw a fisherman dumping bait onto the beach. The eagle then lifted up his wings and flew right by me!”

Sklar will receive the grand prize of $500, a 2012 Maryland State Park Passport, a lifetime subscription to the Maryland Natural Resource magazine and five copies of the 2012 DNR Calendar, which will feature the winning photo on the cover.

First place winners in each category will receive a Maryland State Park Passport, a two-year subscription to the Maryland Natural Resource magazine and two copies of the 2012 DNR Calendar. Second place winners will receive a one-year subscription to the magazine and a calendar.

For 2011, more than 300 photographers entered approximately 1,000 photographs. The winning photos will appear in the winter issue of The Maryland Natural Resource Magazine, as well as the 2012 DNR calendar.

Friday, September 9, 2011

MD State Parks Affected By Flooding

On September 9, 2011, the Maryland Park Service (MPS) announced that it had closed the several state park areas effective immediately, and until further notice, due to flooding from the recent heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Lee

The closures include:

Patapsco Valley State Park

Glen Artney area of Patapsco Valley State Park is closed. All other areas of the park remain open, including the Hollofield and Hilton campgrounds.

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail (formerly the Northern Central Railroad Trail)

The portion of the trail between Phoenix Road and Glencoe Road is closed.

Rocks State Park

Hills Grove area of Rocks State Park is closed. All other areas of the park remain open.

Susquehanna State Park

All areas along the Susquehanna River and Stafford Road (Deer Creek picnic area, the Historic area, Lapidum Landing boat ramp) are closed. All other areas of the park, including the campground, remain open.

For more information on flooding from Tropical Storm Lee and other weather systems, see this post on Mid Atlantic Flooding.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Maryland Crab Meat Wins Taste Test

Maryland’s blue crab was the winner in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) non-scientific, blind taste test. The event was held during the 2011 Maryland State Fair.

In the blind taste test, fair goers were asked to try four pieces of crab from across the globe: Indonesia, China, South America and Maryland. Without knowing which crab meat came from which country, fair goers chose which meat they liked the best.

Maryland ranked first with 54 percent of votes. Indonesia received 22 percent, South America received 14 percent and China received 10 percent.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Poplar Hill Mansion Presents The Art and Life of Clara Gunby

Poplar Hill Mansion presents The Art and Life of Clara Gunby on Sunday, September 11, from 1-4 pm.

The public is invited to view the paintings of Clara Gunby, civil war era artist at Poplar Hill Mansion in Salisbury MD .

Accompanying the exhibition will be a reception. Civil War re-enactors will portray Clara Gunby and Sgt. D. Coleman’s 7th Maryland Company.

Local authors Andy Nunez and Elaine Patterson will have autographed books for sale.

This event is free to the public.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

2011 Ocean City MD Sunfest

Sunfest is coming up in Ocean City MD on Sep 22nd, 2011. The event includes music, food, arts and crafts, hayrides, children's activities and more.

This popular Maryland festival celebrates summer's end and the start of the fall season at the beach. Sunfest is held at the Ocean City Inlet and along the beach. Admission to the festival is free.

For 2011, Sunfest has once again been rated by Sunshine Artist, “America’s Premier Show and Festival Magazine,” the number one traditional art and craft show in the nation. This is the second year in a row Sunfest was ranked as number 1. The rankings are based on audit reports, reader surveys and anecdotal reports from participating exhibitors.

Several concerts will be held during the festival. Linwood Peel’s Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters and the Del Vikings are scheduled to play on Thursday, September 22. Country star Jamey Johnson takes the stage on Friday, September 23. Country and pop legend Kenny Rogers is to appear on Saturday, September 24.

Tickets for all three shows are on sale at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office on 40th St. in Ocean City. Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available at or by calling 800-551-7328.

For more information about Sunfest, visit, call 410-250-0125 or toll-free at 1-800-626-2326.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Lefty Kreh To Speak at Trout Unlimited Annual Meeting

Join the Maryland Chapter of Trout Unlimited (MDTU) on September 21 as they celebrate 40 years of protecting and enhancing cold water resources in Maryland.

Well known angler Lefty Kreh, who has been instrumental in the growth of MDTU over the years, will be the featured speaker. His presentation is entitled: “Tips and Tricks for Fly Fishing.”

The meeting starts at 7:00 PM with some social time and refreshments and is at Towson Presbyterian Church on 400 West Chesapeake Avenue.

Anglers will also will have a chance to buy some 40th anniversary souvenirs and swap tall tales.  

Admission is free! Come early to get a good seat.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Things to Do in Maryland on Labor Day Weekend

There are a million and one things to do in Maryland on Labor Day weekend.

The Maryland Park Service (MPS) has reopened all of Maryland’s State Parks after extensive clean-up and repairs in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Some parks may still be in the final stages of clean-up and there may be lingering power outages in some limited areas by the weekend, but the MPS encourages Maryland families to enjoy outdoor recreation at their State Parks over the holiday weekend.

For astronomy enthusiasts, the Maryland Park Service is featuring a night time viewing of the lunar surface, double stars, galaxies, star clusters, the Milky Way and other deep sky objects, at 8 p.m. on September 3 at Fort Frederick State Park.

Fort Frederick is an ideal site for astronomical observation. The skies are dark and there is minimal light pollution. Amateur astronomers are encouraged to bring their telescopes and binoculars to the event and to share their knowledge and enthusiasm.

The event will be held at the newly-created amphitheater behind the nature center. The nature center is next to Captain Wort’s store across the road from the fort. Overnight camping on 29 sites is available at a cost of $15 per site on a first come, first served basis.

The Astronomy Program will be presented by a park naturalist and is free, with light refreshments provided. In the event of clouds or rain, the program will be rescheduled for September 4

Fort Frederick is located off of Route 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, in Big Pool, MD. For more information call 301-842-2155 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit

For beach goers, Assateague State Park has re-opened after being hard hit by Hurricane Irene. This is a great time to go shell collecting as the storm washed millions of shells and other treasures high up onto the beach.Visitors to Assateague Island can also enjoy swimming, sunbathing, kite flying, photography, kayaking or other pastimes.

Here are more things to do in Maryland during Labor Day weekend:

 - Go saltwater fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, or enjoy freshwater fishing in a lake, pond, river or creek.

 - Visit an orchard and pick fresh Maryland peaches, pears, apples and other fruits.

 - Shop at one of Maryland's many farmer's markets where organic, natural and locally sourced foods are available at unbeatable prices.

 - Visit a festival. Labor Day festivals throughout Maryland showcase music, art, local foods, crafts and other interests. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene Damage in Maryland

On Saturday, August 27, 2011, Hurricane Irene began lashing Maryland with high winds, rain squalls and storm surges.

The storm continued thru the night, with many residents experiencing power outages throughout much of the night.

On Sunday, August 28, 2011, residents awoke to find a variety of damage from Hurricane Irene.

Conditions early in the day were still bad, with most areas experiencing heavy rainfall, high winds and minor flooding.

By late morning, the skies cleared, winds decreased and many businesses opened.

In Ocean City Md, minor storm damage and flooding was reported. The famous navigational light on the Ocean City's North Jetty was reported to be destroyed by the storm.

Hurricane Irene greeting

a downed in Maryland

an eastern shore river flooding

water rushes thru a flooded Maryland forest

an older photo of the famous light on Ocean City Jetty

Saturday, August 27, 2011

2011-2012 Maryland Waterfowl Hunting Seasons

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced details of the 2011-2012 late waterfowl hunting seasons.

Waterfowl hunters may take up to six ducks per day during the season’s three segments: October 15-October 22, November 12-November 25, and December 13-January 28.

The Atlantic Population Canada goose hunting season will include a daily bag limit of two geese and will be split into two segments: November 19-November 25; and December 15-January 28.

Greater and lesser snow geese and Ross's geese are collectively referred to as “light geese”. These birds have become so abundant that they are causing harm to wetland habitats throughout their range.

During the Conservation Order season, hunters may use unplugged shotguns, electronic calls and hunt from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset with no daily bag or possession limits.

The Light Goose Conservation Order season will run November 28-December 10 and then again January 30-April 14. Hunters are required to purchase a Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Season Permit to participate in this special season.

All waterfowl hunters, including landowners who are license exempt, must possess proof of purchase of the 2011-2012 Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp (HIP certification permit included). They are available at or by calling 1-800-918-2870.

All waterfowl hunters age 16 and over must also possess the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp) while hunting waterfowl.

Federal Duck Stamps are available at most U.S. Post Offices, National Wildlife Refuges, and some DNR sport license agents. Hunters may purchase an electronic Federal Duck Stamp from Maryland DNR sport licensing agents. Hunters may also purchase a stamp by either calling toll-free 1-800-DUCK499, 1-800-STAMP24 or order online at

The Federal Duck Stamp must be signed across the face by the hunter to be valid, but they do not have to be attached to the hunting license.

More information about the Maryland 2011-2012 late waterfowl hunting season dates and bag limits may be viewed at

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Maryland Hurricane Irene Evacuations - Closures

The threat of Hurricane Irene is affecting operations across much of Maryland. The State has declared a state of emergency and a variety of evacuation plans are underway for Ocean City and low lying areas.

The Maryland Park Service is closing Assateague State Park, including the park’s campground, in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene. The campground will close at 11 a.m. on August 26 and will remain closed until the morning of August 31, depending on the severity of damage caused by the storm.

The Assateague State Park day-use facility and the road onto the island (Route 611 prior to the Verrazano Bridge) will be closed to all visitors and traffic at 7 p.m. on August 26 and until further notice.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Maryland Elk Reintroduction Study

The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation (MLSF), the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) recently announced the formation of a partnership to determine the viability of elk reintroduction to Western Maryland.

The biological, social and economic feasibility assessments will require a minimum of 12 months to complete and will be thoroughly evaluated before any decision is made.

According to MLSF Chairman David Sutherland, "Elk once roamed Maryland but have been absent since the 1700s."

The Sportsmen’s Foundation will contract with a professional consulting group to conduct a formal survey of public opinion on the question of returning elk to the State. DNR will oversee development of the survey, which will include outreach to farmers and other stakeholders that may be impacted by a return of the species

In addition, the agency will conduct an assessment of potential elk habitat in western Maryland.

source: MD DNR

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Maryland Fall Foliage

Maryland is one of the top states in the Mid Atlantic for viewing fall foliage. In several areas, fall colors are spectacular, especially in October.

Maryland flora includes not only deciduous trees but countless species of shrubs, bushes, vines and other plant life.

Throughout much of Maryland, viewing fall foliage can be as simple as a tour of back roads in rural areas. State parks and national wildlife refuges are also good places to experience the State's outstanding plant life.

Attending a fall festival is another way to enjoy fall colors in Maryland. Some of the best fall festivals held in the State include the Maryland Renaissance Festival (Annapolis), Annapolis Fall Festival, Autumn Glory Festival (Garret County), Maryland Fall Home & Garden Show (Timonium), and the Fall Harvest Festival & Crafts Show (Farm Museum at Susquehanna State Park - Havre de Grace).

One of the best ways to see fall foliage is to take a river tour in Maryland. Many of the State's tidal rivers are lined with trees, shrubs, berry plants and other flora that cannot be seen otherwise.

From September thru November, trees and other plants along the banks of Maryland's rivers and creeks are ablaze with red, orange, yellow, gold, green, and other colors.

bald cypress trees in bloom

red maple leaves

red maple leaves

gum tree leaves

shades of green, red, yellow and gold

berries along a river bank

poison ivy

Monday, August 15, 2011

Maryland Aquaculture Permits

Maryland is implementing a new streamlined and centralized aquaculture permitting process for growing oysters and other shellfish in Maryland waters. Thanks to a realignment of State requirements approved by the General Assembly earlier this year and a cooperative effort between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, qualifying applicants will now be able to submit a joint state-federal application and the Corps is expediting the approval process through issuance of the Regional General Permit.

As of July 1, all aquaculture functions have been consolidated and transferred to DNR, which now coordinates all aquaculture permitting, issues water column leases and staffs the Aquaculture Coordinating Council and Aquaculture Review Board.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District approved the new permit, which goes into effect on August 15. The permit will be available for aquaculture projects up to 50 acres placed directly on the water bottom, 5 acres for aquaculture cages on the bottom and 3 acres for floating aquaculture projects. This covers activities such as shellfish seeding, rearing and cultivation as well as the installation and deployment of aquaculture structures including cages, floats, racks and trays.

The Corps administers Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act. These authorities require that a Department of the Army permit is issued for the discharge of dredged or fill material into waterways and wetlands; and for the placement of structures in, over, or under navigable waters.

A copy of the public notice and permit can be found online here:

source: MD DNR

Thursday, August 11, 2011

End of Summer in Maryland

With the days getting shorter, the nights cooler and the first red leaves appearing, Maryland outdoor enthusiasts are beginning to realize that the fall season will soon be here.

During late August, flocks of blackbirds, mourning doves, Canada geese, mallards, and other migratory birds will start to appear in the skies over Maryland. 

This sweetbay magnolia bloomed brilliant white in May.

By mid August, magnolia seeds are turning bright red, signalling the impending end of summer.

In forests and along river banks, Maryland red maples are beginning to turn colors.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Maryland Environmental Trust Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants

The Board of Trustees of the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) have awarded $26,000 in grants to 11 community groups and schools to restore streamside habitats, create community gardens and educate citizens about the environment across the State as part of the Keep Maryland Beautiful program.

The Margaret Rosch Jones Award is given to ongoing projects or activities that have demonstrated success in solving an environmental issue, whether local or statewide. The 2011 recipients of the Margaret Rosch Jones Award are Antietam Creek Watershed Association, Braddock Run Watershed Association, C.A.R.E Community Association, Friends of Pataspco, Maryland Public Television, Marley Middle School, the National Aquarium and St. Mary’s River Watershed Association. Projects include community gardens, invasive plant removal, stream clean-ups, rain gardens and conservation education programs.

The Bill James Environmental Grants are awarded to nonprofit youth groups for new environmental education projects in their community. The 2011 recipients of the Bill James Grants are Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School Green Club, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Red Wiggler Community Farm and Manchester Valley High School Science Research. Projects include reducing stream erosion, native tree nursery and planting programs, blue crab and water salinity science projects and on-farm learning opportunities in educational programs.

The Keep Maryland Beautiful program is funded in part by the Maryland State Highway Administration, a division of the Maryland Department of Transportation.

For more information on Keep Maryland Beautiful, visit

source: MD DNR

Sunday, August 7, 2011

2011 Maryland State Fair

Among the exhibits at the 2011 Maryland State Fair will be a variety of information presented by Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Some highlights of the DNR exhibit at this year’s fair include:

The Maryland Park Service will display live birds of prey and native Maryland reptiles, through the Scales and Tales program.

Young people will learn more about connecting with their natural world through science, new experiences and volunteering, as part of Maryland’s Children in Nature initiative. The 2011-2012 Maryland Bay Game activity book will also be available.

Maryland State Park Rangers will share stories about family adventures in State Parks and the best hikes, water trails, campsites and secrets Maryland State Parks have to offer.

A fish tank with common native species will inspire anglers of all ages to enjoy recreational fishing in Maryland.

Citizens can help Maryland reach its goal of 100,000 trees by the end of 2012 through the Marylanders Plant Trees program and obtain a $25 off coupon to plant a tree from the Maryland Forest Service.

Natural Resources Police officers will provide tips on boating and hunting safety.

Wildlife & Heritage staff will showcase outdoor programs for men, women and children, including Becoming an Outdoors Woman, Junior Hunting Field Days, Junior Rangers, archery and the Envirothon.

Boating Services staff will provide information on State boat taxes at work, including public boating access sites, water trails and clean boating

The Maryland State Fairgrounds is located at 2200 York Road in Timonium. The DNR building is next to the 4-H Home Arts facility. Visit or call 410-252-0200 for more information.

source: MD DNR

Monday, August 1, 2011

Greg Latta to Perform at Deep Creek Lake State Park

Deep Creek Lake State Park will host an evening with award-winning musician Greg Latta at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 13 at the Park’s Discovery Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Greg Latta is a singer/songwriter who plays the hammered dulcimer, banjo, guitar, Irish bouzouki, cittern, harmonica, recorder, Appalachian dulcimer and concertina. He is a three-time Mid-Eastern Hammered Dulcimer Championship winner and a two-time runner up in the National Hammered Dulcimer Championships. Greg is also an award winning banjo player.

For more information, visit or call 301-387-7067.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Maryland Summer Wildflowers

Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts know that Maryland is home to an incredible array of wildflowers. Summer is peak time, with new species blooming every few days.

Pastures, meadows, roadsides and other wild areas are home to species such as black eyed susans, butterfly flowers, goldenrod and other species.

Some of the lesser known Maryland wildflowers are found in wooded areas, swamps and other areas where they are rarely seen by people.

The following photos showcase just a few of the more common wildflowers that bloom throughout Maryland each summer.

Black Eyed Susan

Butterfly Flower

Cardinal Flower


Monday, July 25, 2011

Maryland From the Bay For the Bay Dine Out

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)  has announced a list of restaurants that will be participating in a week-long celebration to promote Maryland seafood. Some of the restaurants include Clyde's, Hank's Oyster Bar, DC Coast, McCormick & Schmick's, Matchbox, and Equinox.

From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out  will run October 2-9, 2011, with more than 200 restaurants already committed to participate. DNR anticipates that more than 300 total restaurants will take part in the celebration.

During the promotion, restaurants will feature fresh Maryland Seafood dishes. Each restaurant has agreed to donate a dollar from every Maryland seafood dinner sold during the week to the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a non-profit organization working to rebuild the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population.

For more information and to view the full list of participating restaurants please visit

Consumers can download the From the Bay, For the Bay mobile web app, on the fisheries mobile page on any web-capable mobile device.

source: MD DNR

Thursday, July 14, 2011

How to Cook Maryland Blue Crabs

Serving Maryland blue crabs is an annual tradition for residents around the state. These delicious crabs are among the most famous crabs in the world.  Crabs are usually available from local seafood markets, wholesalers or even direct from commercial watermen.

Most suppliers offer crabs either live and ready to cook, or already steamed. Pre-cooked crabs are a good option in some cases, but for the freshest possible crab feast, nothing beats preparing and cooking crabs at home and serving them hot.

Before cooking crabs, they should be inspected and rinsed, but never allowed to sit submerged in water as this can kill them. Maryland blue crabs can be cooked in a variety of ways, including steaming, boiling, frying or other methods.

The traditional method for steaming crabs in Maryland is steaming.Crabs can be steamed whole, or the top shell can be removed and the body rinsed prior to steaming. In either case, crabs are usually sprinkled heavily with crab seasoning before steaming. This spicy seasoning flavors the crabs during the steaming process.

Medium sized or large seafood steamers are the easiest option for steaming crabs. When an outdoor burner is available, steaming crabs outside is always a good idea. This keeps strong odors outside and makes cleanup much easier.

Most experts recommend that crabs be steamed for about 30 minutes after a rolling boil is reached. Crabs are better if they are kept above the waterline, rather than being immersed during the steaming process.

After steaming, crabs can be served hot or allowed to cool before enjoying. At family celebrations and other seafood feasts, Maryland crabs are usually served with ice cold beer, melted butter, fresh corn on the cob and crackers.

To aid in picking out crab meat, a small paring knife, wooden mallet and claw-cracker are all useful. In addition, crab pickers will need the table lined with newspapers and lots of paper towels as extracting crab meat from the shell is a messy task.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Outdoors Maryland Wins Emmy Awards

The television show "Outdoors Maryland" recently won two regional Emmy awards. The nature and recreation series is co-produced by Maryland Public Television (MPT) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The Emmy Award is the industry's benchmark for the recognition of television excellence. Outdoors Maryland, now in its 23rd season on public television, has won 32 Emmys since it began its run in 1988. The series’ latest Emmys were awarded June 25 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The program, broadcast each Tuesday night at 7:30 on MPT is considered the mid-Atlantic’s premiere video guide to nature and recreation.

The 2011 Emmy award for Best Magazine Program Feature went to a segment, The Sacred Places. The story follows three friends as they explore the wilds of the Chesapeake Bay by kayak. The story captures the extraordinary beauty of the remote islands in Maryland’s south-central Bay, showcasing the vibrant life of rare salt-marshes, and seeking inspiration in dazzling sunsets and sunrises.

The series also won a second Emmy for Best Magazine Program. Episode 2204 told three important natural resource stories; Maryland DNR’s annual Fishing Challenge; the controversy surrounding the Tiger Beetle habitat at Calvert Cliffs; and the State’s purchase of pristine shoreline and open space in Southern Maryland.

For more information about Outdoors Maryland visit

source: MD DNR

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Maryland State Record Fish Species

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service has created an online resource to assist anglers who dream of catching a record fish.

The State Records timeline tool allows anglers to scroll through lists of Maryland’s 90 fishing records and pinpoint the time and location of record-setting catches. Visitors to the site can also view photos of anglers with their record-setting fish.

“Two of the best bits of information in the hunt for a notable catch are the time and place that a record fish was previously caught,” said Marty Gary, assistant director of DNR’s Fisheries Service.

The Maryland State Records online tool is located at:

Users can access a special mobile web page via an iPhone or Android device at:

Ocean City - Skimmer Island

skimmer island ocean city md

Near Ocean City Maryland, a sand dredging and replenishment project at Skimmer Island is restoring the Island’s size and safeguarding habitat for endangered wildlife.

During late March and early April, Skimmer Island was nourished with 675 cubic yards of clean sand as part of a public-private partnership between DNR and Sunset Marina in West Ocean City.

The project seeks to restore important nesting habitat for wildlife, including the State-endangered black skimmer and royal tern. The island has seen a significant decline in size from 7 acres in 1998 to just over 2 acres last winter.

Skimmer Island provides nesting habitat and shelter for a variety of birds and mammals. During the 2011 breeding season, black skimmers and royal terns returned to nest on Skimmer Island. The island also contains the most important nesting beach for horseshoe crabs in Maryland.

“Skimmer Island is the single most important and valuable piece of barren sand nesting habitat for colonial nesting waterbirds such as the Black Skimmer and Royal Tern in Maryland,” said DNR ecologist David Brinker.

Coastal Stewards will assist with monitoring nesting activity of herons, egrets and ibis on the Island this summer. The Coastal Stewards program is designed to increase environmental literacy, provide hands-on experience in environmental education and outreach and teach green job skills.

The island is one of two large heron nesting and breeding habitats in Worcester County, serving as a valuable eco-tourism site that attracts many bird watchers to Ocean City throughout the year.

The nourishment project is set to continue over the next several years.

source: Maryland DNR

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Maryland Environmental Literacy Requirement

On June 21, 2011, Maryland's State Board of Education provided specific guidance to its public schools to require that each student be environmentally literate before he or she graduates from high school.

Maryland is now the first state in the USA to approve a graduation requirement in environmental literacy. The state school board vote clarifies for schools that each child must receive a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary environmental education that meets the approval of the State Superintendent of Schools.

Maryland' strong environmental literacy stance could potentially reap the state federal funding. Draft legislation known as the No Child Left Inside Act is expected to be reintroduced in Congress. The Act is said to contain provisions that might provide federal funding for environmental literacy programs.

source: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Saturday, June 18, 2011

From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out

Maryland seafood will be highlighted during a week-long celebration called "From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out."

The promotion will run October 2–9, 2011, with more than 150 restaurants already committed to participate. During the promotion, restaurants will feature unique presentations of fresh Maryland Seafood.

Each restaurant has agreed to donate a dollar from every Maryland seafood dinner sold during the week to the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a non-profit organization working to rebuild the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population.

For more information please visit
source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Maryland Songbirds

Maryland is home to many of North America's most beautiful songbirds. Some species reside year round, while others are migratory visitors. Several species are semi-migratory; they move seasonally throughout their range in order to find food supplies.

cedar waxwings

blue grosbeak

indigo bunting

eastern bluebird

Prothonatary warbler

Saturday, June 4, 2011

New Germany State Park Music Jams

New Germany State Park will be hosting “Old-Time Jams” during the 2011 summer season. The series allows musicians and spectators of all ages to share and enjoy traditional folk, bluegrass and other “old-time” Appalachian music.

The events will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every other Friday, starting June 10 and ending September 2, at the New Germany Lake House.

Admission is free and refreshments and gift items will be available for purchase at the New Germany Snack Bar & Gift Shop, located inside the Lake House.

For more information, please call 301-895-5453 or email

2011 Maryland Free Fishing Days

Maryland free fishing days will be June 4, June 11 and July 4, 2011. No fishing license is required to fish in State waters on these days.

During free fishing days, anglers must adhere to minimum size and creel limits for the 62 species that are managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Anglers can check fishing regulations by obtaining a copy of the 2011 Maryland Fishing Guide. The guide is available online at or any of the seven DNR Service Centers.

According to MD DNR, anglers fishing on Maryland’s free-fishing days do not need to register with the National Saltwater Angler registry.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June is Great Outdoors Month

The month of June is "Great Outdoors Month " in Maryland.

2011 will be Maryland’s fifth year celebrating Great Outdoors Month, which is sponsored nationally by the American Recreation Coalition. June is an active time for recreation across the U.S., featuring hundreds of annual events, ranging from National Trails Day and National Boating and Fishing Week, to National Family Recreation Week and National Clean Beaches Week.

Saturday, June 25 is the Great American Backyard Campout, where families are encouraged to explore Maryland’s natural resources through camping. All Maryland State Parks with campgrounds are offering special programs.

Specifically, nine parks are offering special camping programs to families and organized groups including Scales and Tales, guided hikes, campfire cooking, owl prowls and kayaking. Parks included are Deep Creek Lake, New Germany, Dan's Mountain, Cunningham Falls, Elk Neck, Patapsco Valley, Sandy Point, Point Lookout and Pocomoke River State Parks.

source: MD DNR

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Economic Impacts of Maryland State Parks

In 2010, 362,714 people visited Maryland’s State Parks during Memorial Day weekend, with approximately 6 million people making visits between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.

“State Parks represent an affordable, relaxing way to connect with nature, family and friends,” according to Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina. “There’s a State Park within easy driving distance of every Marylander, allowing them to save money on gas, help the environment and still not have to make any sacrifices when it comes to their holiday adventure.”

Maryland’s State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally.

According to DNR Secretary John Griffin. “Our 66 State Parks not only provide those memories and tremendous recreational opportunities, but they also contribute significantly to our local economies.”

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Assateague State Park Discount Admission

Admission to Assateague State Park will be reduced from Monday - Friday during the month of June.

Day-use area admission will be discounted to $2 per person for Maryland residents and $3 per person for out-of-state visitors.

For more information about Assateague State Park, visit:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Maryland Walk In The Woods Day Hikes

On Saturday May 21st, 2011, Maryland Park Service (MPS) and Maryland Forest Service is offering free guided hikes to celebrate the International Year of the Forest (IYOF) and National Walk in the Woods Day.

Hikes will be held on Saturday May 21 from 10 am - 12 pm in State parks throughout Maryland. Each hike is designed to give visitors an opportunity to explore the parks’ beautiful forest trails and will include breaks for photography, and reflection.

Participants should reserve a spot in advance and are encouraged to pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic in the park after the hike.

Maryland Walk In The Woods Day hikes will take place at the following State Parks:

Pocomoke River State Park
Location: Shad Landing Camp Store
Registration: 410-632-2566 ext 106

Wye Island State Park
Location: School House Nature Trail Parking Area
Registration: 410-820-1668 or 410-827-7577

Patapsco Valley State Park
Location: McKeldin Area
Registration: 410-461-5005

Gunpowder Falls State Park
Location: Big Falls Rd and the Big Gunpowder Falls
Registration: 410-592-2897

Cunningham Falls State Park
Location: Falls Trail
Registration: 301-271-7574

Seneca Creek State Park
Location: Park Office
Registration: 301-924-2127

Swallow Falls State Park
Location: Trailhead at main parking lot
Registration: 301-334-9180

source: MD DNR

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Stevensville Maryland Art in the Park

The Third Annual Art in the Park will be held in downtown historic Stevensville, Maryland on June 18, 2011. The show will be in Pocket Park, located between Love Point Rd and Cockey Lane.

Local and visiting artists will exhibit original artwork including paintings, prints, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, books, clothes and more.

As part of the celebration, local shops, galleries, restaurants, and historic sites will be open to the public. Other attractions will include music and food vendors.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Germany State Park Fishing Rodeo

The 2011 Fishing Rodeo, a free fishing challenge open to children ages 4-15, will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday May 21 at New Germany State Park.

“The Fishing Rodeo is a great opportunity for kids to learn and enjoy the sport of fishing in a pressure-free environment,” said Ranger Luke Mongrain of New Germany State Park. “To encourage beginners, a limited supply of fishing equipment will be available for loan during the event.”

Prizes will be awarded for the longest fish caught in three age groups: 4-6, 7-11 and 12-15. Door prizes, hot dogs and soda will be provided by the Friends of New Germany. Other sponsors include the Grantsville Lions and the Grantsville Rotary Club.

During the rodeo, fishing will be restricted to children 15 and under, with limited adult assistance. Boating will not be permitted.

For more information, contact Ranger Mongrain at 301-895-5453 or

source: MD DNR

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Green Streets-Green Jobs Program

Maryland Department of the Environment has announced the first-ever grant recipients of the collaborative Green Streets-Green Jobs Initiative, a program designed to promote green streets, urban green infrastructure, and green jobs as part of an overall community or watershed plan.

In total, 10 cities and towns were awarded $25,000-$35,000 grants to fund the planning and design of green infrastructure projects within the Chesapeake Bay and Anacostia watersheds. This announcement was made at the start of the EPA’s Green Streets-Green Jobs Forum, a two-day event in support of innovative, green infrastructure practices to restore urban waters, promote renewable energy and protect public health and safety.

The Green Streets-Green Jobs awardees include: Baltimore City, College Park, University Park, Capitol Heights, Bladensburg, Edmonston, Mount Rainier, Hyattsville, Cottage City and Colmar Manor.

The Green Streets-Green Jobs Initiative is administered through the Trust’s Watershed Assistance Grant Program

A “green street” is a street that:

1) minimizes impact through an approach that incorporates water quality, energy-efficiency, and other environmental best practices

2) integrates a system of stormwater management to increase infiltration and/or reduce flow

3) reduces the amount of water that is piped directly into streams

4) makes the best use of the street tree canopy for stormwater interception, temperature mitigation and air quality improvement

5) encourages pedestrian and/or bicycle access

6) provides an aesthetic advantage to a community.

source: Chesapeake Bay Trust

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Maryland Local Foods Labelling Regulations

Maryland recently published revised proposed rules regulating the advertising of "local" foods in the Maryland Register for public comment.

The regulations were drafted by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) as part of a 2010 state law that seeks to bring clarity to consumers as to what constitutes "local". After reviewing initial comments, MDA has redrafted the regulations.

According to MDA, food products are adverted as 'local', the proposed regulations will require businesses to disclose the product's origin.

The law authorizes the Secretary to regulate the use of the terms "local" or "locally grown" when used to advertise agricultural and seafood products.  It aims to support Maryland farmers and provide transparency to consumers interested in purchasing local foods by informing Marylanders about their local foods purchases. 

The law was drafted in response to increased interest in locally produced foods. Local food trends have led to the rapid growth of farmer's markets, as well as demand for local products in restaurants and grocery stores.  Despite the popularity, there has been little agreement as to the definition of "local" foods.

Input for the proposal originated from a task force of farmers, retail representatives, consumer advocates, and other interested stakeholders.

The redrafted regulations require businesses that advertise raw meat, eggs, fish, fruits, vegetables, shellfish and processed dairy products as local or being locally grown, regionally grown or produced, or otherwise represented as having originated close by, must have point-of-sale signage indicating the state of its origin.

A "Frequently Asked Questions" document is available online at:

The Maryland Register entry can be viewed at:

source: MDA press release

Friday, April 22, 2011

Maryland Shad - Herring Fishing

hickory shad
hickory shad

Anglers are reporting good fishing during Maryland's 2011 Spring shad and herring run. In rivers and creeks of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, blueback herring, hickory shad and American shad have been found in varying numbers.

Hickory shad numbers are up in several creeks, with anglers enjoying catch and release fishing. Shad and river herring (bluebacks and alewives) are often found together, with anglers catching multiple species with the same lures.

The exact techniques and lure choices depend on local preferences, but most anglers use some variation of classic shad darts or similar lures. These small, simple lures are fished by themselves or rigged in tandem.

Depending on the location, anglers may jig or cast for shad and herring. Fly fishing is practical in some areas and can be very productive. In other areas such as small creeks in wooded areas, tight quarters call for ultralight spinning tackle and simple shad darts.

Occasionally, anglers can fish from bridges, bulkheads or other structures that provide access for jigging. Maryland shad and herring can also be caught from kayaks or small boats. These smaller craft are often the only option as shad and river herring prefer small, moving creeks which usually contain a maze of obstructions.

Adding to the excitement are many of the other species found in Maryland tidal rivers and creeks. These include black crappie, bluegills, pumpkinseed, largemouth bass, white perch, striped bass, yellow perch, pickerel, and other species.Any of these may fish strike lures intended for shad and herring.

The spring shad and river herring run is expected to last into mid-May as waves of fish continue their spawning rituals.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Maryland Park Service Volunteer Coordination System

The Maryland Park Service (MPS) has launched a new online statewide volunteer coordination system to make volunteering in state parks easier than ever.

Volunteers can now visit and click on the “volunteers” tab to register with the new system and create a profile.

Opportunities can be searched by keyword, zip code and distance, specific interest, activity, availability and specific park name.

Users can also sign up for opportunities, enter volunteer hours and view their referrals and placements.

source: MD DNR

Thursday, March 31, 2011

2011 Maryland Bay Game

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is calling on citizens, businesses and organizations to become sponsors of the 2011 Maryland Bay Game. Through games, trivia, puzzles and outdoor activities, this award-winning natural resources activity book has inspired kids to learn about and connect with their natural world for over a decade.

The Maryland Bay Game book is used by tens of thousands of families, civic and community groups, scouting organizations, environmentalists and educators throughout Maryland and the region. One-quarter million print copies were distributed statewide in 2010 through public libraries, welcome centers, State Parks and public schools. An electronic version of the Bay Game is also available on the DNR website, which receives over 1.5 million unique visitors annually.

The Bay Game is written and designed by DNR staff, but printing and distribution is paid entirely by sponsors. There are several opportunities for businesses to sponsor the Bay Game through logos, website exposure, full and half-page sponsorships, advertising coupons and more while also ensuring another summer filled with interactive and engaging outdoor activities for Maryland children. Donations are tax deductible, though sponsors should review the requirements outlined in IRS Publication 526 and consult their tax advisor.

For more information please visit or contact Jill Kubatko at (410) 260-8007 or

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Delmarva Charter Boat Operators Workshop

The eighth Delmarva Charter Boat Operators Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 16th in Ocean City, Maryland. The one-day program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Ocean City Marlin Club, 9659 Golf Course Road,Ocean City, Maryland.

Organized jointly by the Sea Grant Extension Programs at the University of Maryland and the University of Delaware, the workshop will focus on charter business management, marketing strategy, boat safety, maritime law/legal issues, fishery resource updates for charter and head boats and developing eco-tourism based charter businesses. Marina operators, managers and staff are also invited to attend.

"We encourage all charter captains, owners, and marina business management staff to participate, as well as those individuals interested in entering the charter or eco-tourism industry," says Charlie Petrocci, maritime heritage specialist representing the Maryland Sea Grant Program. "The workshop will provide a great opportunity for boat owners to come together to learn about improving the management of their businesses and to discuss mutual issues and challenges," adds John Ewart, fisheries specialist with Delaware Sea Grant.

The workshop will offer a variety of presentations representing important topics for the charter boat operator including legal issues concerning your boat, business management, marketing/advertising, developing customer relations, and the truth about insurance needs. Program topics will also focus on current Coast Guard safety and security issues, and new developments in fisheries management programs.

Seminar speakers are regional professionals in their respective fields. This is a good opportunity to participate in a casual program dedicated to helping the charter boat operator deal with current and anticipated challenges in small business management.

Attendance will be held to 50 participants and available seating is expected to fill quickly, so advanced registration is strongly encouraged.

Registration cost for the workshop, which includes a buffet lunch and all resource materials and handouts, is $40 per person. On-site registration will be limited and the registration fee will increase to $50.

To register, make your check payable to "University of Delaware," and mail to:

Michelle Scorziello
ATTN: Charter Boat Workshop
University of Delaware Sea Grant Program
700 Pilottown Road
Lewes, DE 19958-1507

The registration deadline is Friday, April 8, 2011.

For a registration form and additional information about the program agenda, contact John Ewart at (302) 645-4060 or or visit the workshop
Web site:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

2011 Spring Cleanup At New Germany State Park

New Germany State Park is inviting volunteers of all ages to participate in its annual Spring Cleanup Day. The efforts will occur from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 9, 2011.

Volunteers, together with park staff, will help clean up and prepare the park for the upcoming summer season. A free pizza lunch will be provided for the volunteers, courtesy of the Friends of New Germany.

Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register by contacting Ranger Mongrain at 301-895-5453 or

For New Germany State Park information, please visit, or call the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453.

source: MD DNR

Monday, March 14, 2011

Susquehanna State Park Boat Launching Pier

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be making modifications to the boat launching pier in the Lapidum Area of Susquehanna State Park. The project will begin March 14 and should be completed in less than three work days, weather permitting.

Due to fabrication of the new floating pier, work cannot begin any sooner. One launch ramp will remain open during construction in order to minimize the interruption of public access. There may be brief periods during which both ramps will be closed due to safety concerns, however, every effort will be made to minimize any interruption if it is safe to do so.

The existing aluminum gangway will be removed and utilized at another DNR facility in the future. The gangway will be replaced with four sections of floating pier that will join the existing concrete floating pier. The floating pier sections will improve the use of the facility at both high and low tide. The modifications of the launching facility will ensure safe, user friendly access to the Susquehanna River for boaters.

For further information, including details on construction dates, please contact park headquarters at (410) 557-7994.

source: MD DNR

2011 Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament

Wounded veterans of all branches of the Armed Forces will be participating in a bass fishing tournament with both pro and semi-professional anglers at the Anchor Marina in North East, MD on Armed Forces Day, May 21, 2011.

Veterans from Walter Reed and Bethesda hospitals will participate as a two-man team in a fundraising tournament that benefits the Marines Helping Marines Foundation which helps fund weekend retreats for wounded veterans in outpatient care and assists military service members and their families in time of need.

This is the third year the event will be held however it is the first time the event will be held in Maryland.  The two previous events were held at Lake Hopatcong, N.J.

The veterans participating have sustained injuries ranging from traumatic brain injury to amputation of one or two legs, and in some cases, loss of arms as well.

The cost of the tournament is $200 a boat and is open to anyone with a bass boat and valid Maryland state fishing license.

Entrants who take on a wounded veteran as a partner receive a $100 discount however they do so with the understanding that if they win half of their earnings should go to their partner.

The equipment the veterans will be using has been donated by various companies to include Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s.

“Bass Pro Shops has been a huge supporter of this tournament,” according to organizers.  Each year they donate rods, reels, and nets for each of the wounded participants.

Travel, lodging, meals and gifts for the wounded veterans are being paid for by donations made to this event.  Funds are still needed in order to help with lodging and meals costs for the veterans and their families.

The wounded warriors get to keep all the equipment they are provided with.  Once again this year the veteran who wins the tournament will receive a one week stay in Cancun with his or her family.

Kowal said “We are trying to give these heroes one weekend out of the hospital so they can meet new friends, have a good time and in the process, help raise funds to benefit other wounded veterans.

Check-in time for the tournament is at 4:30 a.m. and the boats will launch from the Anchor Marina at first safe light, usually right around 6 a.m. and return at 1 p.m. for the official weigh-ins.

A barbeque which is open for all to attend will begin at 12:30.  The cost is $10 per adult, $3 for children.  The barbeque will be held at the Nauti-Goose Restaurant, 200 Cherry Street, North East, MD, 21901.

For more information, registration or become a sponsor please visit or email

Because there is an 80 boat maximum on the water it is best to pre-register for the tournament by mailing the bottom portion of the flyer with payment to Joby Poster at RR#4, 4166G, Saylorsburg, PA 18353.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Maple Syrup Making Demonstration at Cunningham Falls State Park

The 41st Annual Maple Syrup Making Demonstration and pancake breakfast on March 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cunningham Falls State Park.

During the demonstration, Park staff will explain the history and how sap has been made into syrup. There will be maple syrup demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a piping hot sausage and pancake breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Other attractions will include a children’s tent and live music.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Cunningham Falls State Park and a donation will be asked for entrance into the event. Youth groups are asked to donate $1 per person. Maryland made maple syrup, maple candy and related souvenirs will be available for sale.

For more information, call 301-271-7574 or visit:

source: MD DNR

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Maryland Environmental Trust Volunteer Monitoring

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) is seeking volunteers who have an interest in conservation and desire to visit significant natural areas, farms and forest land, waterfronts, historic and scenic landscapes.

MET will offer a volunteer training session from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on April 17, 2011 at Cromwell Valley Park in Baltimore County for individuals interested in helping to monitor conservation easement properties.

Volunteers must participate in the one day training session and agree to complete ten monitoring visits annually. Volunteers should be over 20 years of age, physically able to walk over potentially rugged terrain and have their own transportation and camera.

Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required. The deadline to register for this training session is March 25, 2011. For more information or to register for the volunteer training, please contact Michelle Johnson, (410) 514-7908 or

source: MD DNR

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Maryland Genuine Progress Indicator

Maryland has updated its Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) to include 2009 data. According to the new data, Maryland’s social and environmental progress increased, but were offset by declines in some economic indicators, resulting in a slight decrease in the overall GPI.

For 2009, Maryland’s Gross State Product (GSP) was more than $286 billion, a 3.84 percent increase from 2008. Maryland’s Genuine Progress, however, actually decreased about 1.2 percent to $146.6 billion. Despite the overall decrease, both environmental and societal values actually improved by 2.7 percent and 8.5 percent, respectively. The last time GSP increased while GPI decreased was 1979.

The Maryland Genuine Progress Indicator was implemented in February 2010. This innovative online tool allows policymakers and citizens to more accurately measure the State’s standard of living by including indicators of social and environmental health along with traditional economic calculations. Developed by experts from several State agencies, the Governor’s Office, and the University of Maryland, the GPI is designed to complement traditional economic measurements such as the Gross State Product.

The GPI incorporates 26 factors in three categories — economic, social, and natural — from the costs of crime to the costs of ozone depletion. Costs and values used in calculating the GPI are based on academically reviewed studies. These numbers are not presented as the ultimate value to society, but rather as a standard against which to measure year to year changes.

According to the state, the GPI is an educational tool designed to allow the public and policymakers to better balance the costs and benefits of decisions on how to use the resources available to them.

source: MD DNR

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Maryland Fishing Shows, Expos and Flea Markets

The following list includes several Maryland fishing shows, expos and flea markets that will occur in February and March 2011.

19th Annual Pasadena Sportfishing Group Flea Market/Show
February 19 & 20
Saturday and Sunday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Both Days
Admission $3
Earleigh Heights Fire Hall
161 Ritchie Hwy (Rt. 2)
Severna Park, MD 21146

MSSA Annapolis Chapter Saltwater Fishing Expo
Saturday, February 26
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Admission $5
Annapolis Elks Lodge #622
2517 Solomons Island Rd.
Edgewater, MD 21037

MSSA Dorchester Chapter Fishing/Hunting/Boating Flea Market
Saturday, March 12
8:00 AM
Admission $3
American Legion Post #91
Foot of Rt. 50 Bridge
Cambridge, MD

MSSA Essex-Middle River Chapter Fishing Flea Market
March 19 & 20
Saturday 9am-4pm / Sunday 9am-2pm
Admission $3
Commodore Hall
1909 Old Eastern Ave
Essex, MD 21221

MSSA Southern MD Chapter 18th Annual Fishing Fair
March 26 & 27
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Admission $2
Solomons Firehouse

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) is now accepting applications for grants through the Keep Maryland Beautiful program, an initiative dedicated to helping volunteer-based non-profit groups or communities solve natural resource issues. The grants are funded by the State Highway Administration, a division of the Maryland Department of Transportation, as well as previous donations to MET.

MET is offering two types of grants through the program: The Margaret Rosch Jones Award of up to $2,000 and The Bill James Environmental Grants of up to $1,000. The Margaret Rosch award will recognize an ongoing project that has already demonstrated success in solving an environmental issue, whether local or statewide. The Bill James Environmental Grants are awarded to nonprofit youth groups that initiate new environmental education projects in their communities.

The Margaret Rosch Jones Award honors a woman who demonstrated a dedication to preserving the Chesapeake Bay. Born in 1906, Margaret Jones had a genius IQ, wrote poetry and was a self-taught Latin scholar. Jones was the executive director and moving spirit of the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program for many years. The award is given to non-profit groups or communities who have a plan for an on-going, proven project that reflects Ms. Jones’s qualities of devotion, energy and ingenuity in its work to re-build and enhance the community’s natural resources.

The Bill James Environmental Grants are given in memory of William S. James and are awarded to school groups, science and ecology clubs, and other non-profit youth groups for proposed natural resource education projects. Born in Aberdeen in 1914, Bill James studied law at the University of Maryland and then practiced law in Bel Air for 38 years. He served as President of the Maryland Senate and was the principal architect of many of Maryland's most important environmental laws, including wetlands law, Program Open Space, and agricultural land preservation. Senator James drafted legislation to create the MET, incorporating the activities of the Governor’s Committee to Keep Maryland Beautiful.

For MET to consider a project, it must demonstrate leadership and volunteer participation; offer potential benefits to the environment and community; and have a feasible plan, including goals, success criteria and time line for completion.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2011. Application forms are available at

source: MD DNR

Thursday, January 27, 2011

2011 Maryland Fishing Guide Now Available

The 2011 Maryland Fishing Guide is available now at all DNR Service Centers and at local license agents across the state. A digital version is also available online at

source: MD DNR

Monday, January 24, 2011

2011 Bay Bridge Boat Show

Bay Bridge Boat Show
Thursday, April 28         Noon to 6pm
Friday, Saturday, April 29-30    10am – 6pm
Sunday, May 1            10am – 5pm

Adults $12.
Children (7-12) $4.
Under 6 Free.
Two day ticket $19     

The annual Bay Bridge Boat Show in Stevensville, MD is scheduled to open its doors with special features April 28 – May 1, 2011.  In its twenty-ninth season, this show is recognized as the largest spring recreational boating extravaganza in the mid Atlantic.

The Marina facility has been completely renovated with high quality floating docks and a more efficient show layout. The revised exhibitor price list will allow your organization to display more boats or boating gear for less money. New show features and regional advertising are expected to attract more visitors to the show than any time in recent history.

For the 2011 show, several attractions are planned:

Delmarva Dock Dog Competition

MSSA Rockfish Tournament Weigh Station

Expansive Food Court

Children’s fishing activities and demonstrations by AllTackle on the weigh station

Daily seminars co-sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Magazine and Annapolis School of Seamanship

Live entertainment at the Pool Bar & Grill

Racing hydroplanes from Kent Island Racing Association

For tickets and complete details:
Phone 410-268-8828

Friday, January 21, 2011

How To Buy and Cook Maryland Rockfish

Striped bass, also known as rockfish, is the official state fish of Maryland.  It is known for its firm texture and delectable flavor.

According to Maryland Department of Agriculture, a three ounce cooked portion of Maryland rockfish contains 105 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, vitamins, minerals, .8 grams of omega-3 fatty acids and zero carbohydrates.  Omega-3 fatty acids are help in lowering cholesterol and have many other important benefits for eyes, skin and even mental health.

Rockfish may be poached in a seasoned broth and used in salads, soups, and even fish cakes.  A favorite is to simply brush the fish with a small amount of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper then bake at 450˚F for 10 minutes per inch of thickness of fish. This traditional Maryland fish is also delicious stuffed with crab imperial or an oyster dressing for special occasions or cut up into strips and fried for a tasty treat.

Look for the following when purchasing fresh rockfish:

Fresh fish should have a mild sea breeze aroma.

Whole fish should have bright, clear and shiny eyes.

Scales should be shiny and cling tightly to the skin.

Look for bright pink or red gills.

Steaks and fillets should be moist with firm and shiny flesh.

The flesh should spring back when pressed.

Look for Maryland rockfish at your favorite restaurant or retail market.  For a free striped bass recipe brochure call the Maryland Department of Agriculture at (410) 841-5972 or toll-free in Maryland 888-841-5828 or visit our website at



4 fillets, 6 to 8 ounces each, about 1 inch thick
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil


2 medium lemons (or 1 tablespoon lemon juice)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon capers, drained
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Prepare the dressing: Cut a 1/2-inch slice off both ends of each lemon.  Cut each lemon in half lengthwise.  Lightly brush or spray the cut sides of the lemons with 1 teaspoon of the oil.  In a non-stick skillet, sauté the lemons on high heat until nicely browned, 4 to 6 minutes, turning once.  Remove the lemons from the pan and cool.  Squeeze the lemons through a sieve into a small bowl.  Discard the rinds and seeds.  You should have about 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.  Add the capers, then whisk in the 3 tablespoons oil to form a dressing.  Whisk in the rest of the dressing ingredients.

In a small bowl, mix the seasonings together.  Generously brush or spray the rockfish on both sides with remaining oil and seasonings.  Place fillets, skin side down on clean, slightly oiled pan.  Bake at 450˚F until the rockfish just begins to flake when you poke it with the tip of a knife about 10 minutes.  Whisk the dressing one last time.  Serve the fish with the dressing poured over the top.  Serves four.

source: Maryland Department of Agriculture

Monday, January 10, 2011

Annapolis MD Anglers Night Out

Every other Tuesday through the end of March, anglers from around the Bay will gather at the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Annapolis MD to eat, drink, and spin interesting fishing stories, fairy tales, and anecdotes.

The series features fishing movies and documentaries shot around the world shown super-size on the Boatyard's large, high-definition projection screen. The event is held in the Boatyard Market Section with seating limited to 40, so be sure to get there early. Dinner and drinks start at 6 p.m.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Winter Youth Programs At Gunpowder Falls State Park

Gunpowder Falls State Park welcomes visitors and their families to participate in its winter youth programs.

Children of all ages can explore the park, discover nature, and learn about the outdoors with the guidance of park rangers and an enthusiastic group of instructors from the Maryland Conservation Corps. Kids will enjoy hands-on activities including crafts, games, hikes, and other great projects designed to increase outdoor awareness.

Each of the following series includes one session per week for six weeks:

The Junior Rangers program is for children ages 9-12. Friday sessions are held at Days Cove from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. February 11 through March 18. Saturday sessions are held at Monkton Station from 1 to 3 p.m. February 12 through March 19.

The Park Pals program is for children ages 5-8. Friday sessions are held at Days Cove from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. February 11 through March 18. Saturday sessions are held at Monkton Station from 1 to 3 p.m. February 12 through March 19.

The Sprouts program is for children ages 3-4, accompanied by an adult. This series only holds Friday sessions at Days Cove from 10 to 11 a.m. February 11 through March 18. Sprouts are welcome to stay and play (supervised by a parent) whiles their older siblings complete Junior Rangers or Park Pals sessions.

The program costs $25 per child for Junior Rangers and Park Pals and $15 per Sprout. The program cost is reduced to $10 for each additional child from the same family.

Registration is limited to 20 children per Junior Ranger session, 15 children per Park Pal session and 10 children per Sprouts session. Early registration is recommended!

To register or for more information, call 410-592-2897.

source: MD DNR