Monday, May 28, 2012

Marshy Point Canoe Trip

May 26

Rachel Carson's birthday is this weekend, so we decided to learn about a section of the Chesapeake watershed while having some fun.  Marshy Point Nature Center sits on 500 acres off Dundee and Saltpeter Creeks which opens up to the Chesapeake Bay.  Naturalists Brandi and Bill taught us much about the dense marshlands and open wetlands.

We're searching for Arrow Arum and Pickerelweed
 Bill taught us about the cattails and the problems they're having with Phragmites crowding them out.  Since many animals depend on the cattails for food and shelter, it's a great concern. 
Birds were all around us.  An immature Bald Eagle caught a fish not too far from our group and perched in a nearby tree to eat it.  Other birds spotted were Tree and Barn Swallow, Pileated Woodpecker, Osprey, Least Tern, Turkey Vulture, Common Yellowthroat, Carolina Wren, and Red-tailed Hawk.

Immature Bald Eagle with fish

Brandi threw a net into the shallow water and caught a Pumpkinseed fish. 

Here we're learning about Marsh Mallow

Time to head back to the dock.  Thanks Marshy Point for sharing your knowledge.  Keep checking our schedule for more field trips on the water.

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