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