The season of hibernation is over. Listen to the spring peepers announcing spring’s arrival. Learn how to recognize your amphibian neighbors by their mating calls!
There is a lot going on. The students at Monocacy Middle School are raising trout for our streams with support from the Potomac Valley Fly Fishermen. Students at Wolfsville, Emmitsburg and Kemptown Elementary are planting trees; Valley Elementary students are enhancing a wetland. Scott Key Center staff members are raising native shrubs and trees to plant along County streams in a partnership with Streamlink. College students at Mount St. Mary’s University are monitoring Tom’s Creek to identify sources of pollution and will share their findings on the health of the watershed this Fall.
Our friends and neighbors with the Frederick Forestry Board have found resources and partners to help manage the gypsy moth threat in 32,000 acres of forest. The Maryland Grazers Network, a new pilot project organized by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, pays experienced cattle or dairy grazers to work as mentors with farmers wanting to improve their grazing systems or begin a grazing system. The County’s wetland research project is sharing initial assessment data on frogs, amphibians and birds in its Bennett Creek pilot project. Fish blockages created by Mt. Ephraim Road that diminish the habitat of native brook trout in Bear Branch will be removed in a partnership initiative led by the Potomac Conservancy.
Have you ever wondered how “imperviousness” affects our streams? Might you help spread the word by passing along a notice about an upcoming POW workshop for Frederick teachers? And don’t overlook the challenge of learning about a new threat posed by a “big, bad crawdad” in the Monocacy watershed!
There are also plenty of opportunities to act. You can help restore nearby streams including Rock and Carroll Creeks, Linganore Creek, Toms Creek or “green” your own backyard using the native trees and shrubs in the Backyard Buffer program or rain barrels available at upcoming workshops. Find the workshop or planting event that interests you on the Alliance calendar.
Whether in your backyard or nearby school or park, involve your friends and neighbors and help improve the health of Frederick County’s watersheds!