Registration is open!
Register via eventbrite. until September 20th.
Event registration is $250/ person and includes the full conference (October 1-4), 1 field trip, 1 dinner, 2 lunches, and multiple gourmet snack breaks! (Note: Hot Skillet breakfast is included in Hyatt hotel reservations, hotel reservations not included in meeting registration)
Things to Know:
We’ve added a “swag swap”! Bring any NEP logo-ed gear to trade with other NEP staff on Thursday after the field trip!
A Google Map of important and interesting locations that you may visit can be found here.
Weather- fall weather is often beautiful in Southern Delaware! Foggy mornings followed by warm sunny days with ocean breezes and cool evenings are common. But we’re also on the coast and its hurricane season. Keep an eye on the weather and prepare. Watch for west winds that carry biting insects if you expect to be outside.
Tech Transfer registration and rooms reservations ended on September 6, 2019. If you missed the deadline contact us immediately.
Hyatt Place Dewey Beach is not only your conference location, it’s also your overnight accommodation! This beautiful hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Dewey Beach (just a few miles from Rehoboth Beach) and is situated right between Rehoboth Bay and the Atlantic Ocean!
The discounted room rate is $94/night + 8% tax. To make reservations at the Hyatt Dewey Beach, you can book online at this link or you can call the hotel directly at (302) 864-9100. If you are having any trouble making your reservation, feel free to reach out to Hannah Worsh for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or (302) 581-3314.
The last day to make reservations is Friday, September 6, 2019.
Group Discount Code: G-DCIB
IMPORTANT RESERVATION DETAILS
– We have a limited number of rooms blocked for Monday night so book quickly if you need accommodations that evening!
– Please double check your arrival date when making your reservation if you are arriving on Tuesday.
– The conference week will start on Tuesday, October 1 at 6:00pm with a kickoff bonfire that you won’t want to miss!
– The last session will conclude at 12 noon on Friday, October 4.
– The last day to make reservations is Friday, September 6, 2019.
There are a few places you could fly into for your trip! We recommend the following airports:
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
About 2 hours from Dewey Beach, Delaware
Directions can be found here.*
*Watch your GPS! If you follow an alternate route from PHL to Dewey Beach,
through New Jersey, you will find yourself at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
and will be subject to additional ticketing fees and ferry scheduling.
Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)
About 2 hours from Dewey Beach, Delaware
Directions can be found here.
Salisbury Regional Airport (SBY)
(About 1 hour from Dewey Beach but flights may be limited!)
Directions can be found here.
It may be best to try to carpool to/from Dewey Beach to the regional airports. If you would like to carpool, please use this spreadsheet and add your arrival and departure times to see if you match up with someone else. If you are planning to drive to the conference and are willing to pick people up from the airport, please put in your information on the spreadsheet so people can reach out to you.
Field Trip Descriptions:
The Life of a Shuck- Shellfish Restoration
Explore the life of an oyster shuck in the Center’s Don’t Chuck Your Shucks shell recycling program. Begin by sampling some oysters during lunch at one of our Don’t Chuck Your Shucks partner restaurants, and learn how restaurant staff play a key role in the outreach for this project. Next, you’ll travel to the shell pile to take part in a shell bagging with the “Oyster Master”, and learn how the Center incorporates volunteer groups to create shell bags to use in restoration programs. Then head out on the bay by kayak to see where recycled shells provide habitat for aquatic species- including other oysters! (limit- 25 registrants)
“Waders- on”- Education and Citizen Science at the James Farm
Travel to the James Farm Ecological Preserve to enjoy lunch while learning about the history of this 150-acre site and the vision for future growth. Then tap into your inner child and take part in an interactive student lesson that’s used in the Center’s middle school programming. You’ll end up along a white sandy beach to discover why horseshoe crab-loving citizen scientists can be found along the beaches around the full and new moon cycles every spring. Finally, experience the Preserve as more than 10,000 people do every year- as a visitor exploring the trails or by kayak or SUP on the shallow bay. You might even see a rare patch of Eelgrass!
Swamp Stories – Ecological Restoration at the Great Cypress Swamp
Travel to the Great Cypress Swamp, the largest freshwater wetland and contiguous block of forestland in the State of Delaware and where Bald Cypress knees and the swollen trucks of Black Tupelo rise from tannin-amber water. Eat lunch while being introduced to Delaware Wildlands, an organization dedicated to protecting and restoring Delaware’s important natural areas through the purchase and management of strategic parcels of land. Take a driving tour to discover the extensive hydrological restoration, habitat improvement projects, intensive deer management, and rigorous data collection that has been conducted on site. Observe the swamp beginning to heal marks left by hundreds of year of ditching, draining, extensive timbering and two major historical fires, one of which is believed to have been started by the explosion of a Prohibition-era still.
Upstream Battle- Bishopville Dam Removal & Fish Passage and Lizard Hill Wetland Restoration
Head south with staff from the Maryland Coastal Bays Program to visit two restoration sites off of the St. Martin’s River: a fish passage at the now removed Bishopville dam and wetland restoration at an old sand mine. Learn about the process of removing the 53-year old dam and how that paired with the installation of a fish passage allows for 7 miles of river to be open once more to freshwater spawning fishes. Then, explore the Lizard Hill project site where acres of Atlantic White Cedar have been re-established – a historic coastal habitat which has been nearly non-existent in Maryland. Along the way, we will stop at one of CIB’s projects in Bethany Beach where the CIB is partnering with a local HOA, the State Highway Administration, and others to address stormwater issues.
Outreach/ Education Full Day Session Description:
BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing) Training- Tuesday, October 1
Led by Amy Barra of CIB and Liz Wist of MCBP, this full-day professional learning workshop is intended for education/outreach professionals and will share techniques for how to better engage audiences with estuary science in an outdoor setting. Education staff who provide programs or presentations about specific project sites can benefit from the BEETLES techniques. BEETLES was developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California at Berkeley and funded by a National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning grant.
Have questions? Please contact Michelle at email@example.com.
Hayley is originally from Carroll County, Maryland where she first began her journey into the environmental field. Years were spent playing sports, hiking, fishing and anything else “outdoorsy”! She spent her summers in Ocean City, which led her to enjoy the way of life here on the Eastern Shore.
She graduated in 2018 from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland with degrees in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. There, Hayley was able to conduct research on sea level rise and how Eastern Shore residents perceive it. Ultimately, she wrote her senior thesis based on the results and connected them to how people’s sense of place ties into their perception of sea level rise. In her free time, she loves to surf, fish, run or relax at Assateague Island!
Ocean View, DE — The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife, and volunteers came together on Saturday, October 20th to plant 325 trees at Sassafras Landing in the Assawoman Wildlife Area.
Throughout the morning, 37 volunteers of all ages planted trees, showed off their costumes, designed their own recycled bird feeders, discovered the origins of some spooky skulls, played games, and explored why forests are so important for better water quality and as wildlife habitat.
Between 1992 and 2012, the Inland Bays watershed lost 14 square miles of ecologically-important forested areas. Not only does this harm the wildlife that depends on these forests (native birds, foxes, turtles, etc.), it also negatively affects the water quality of our creeks, rivers, and Bays.
“When we replace forests with homes, roads, businesses, or parking lots, we are creating more impervious “hardened” surfaces for rainwater to pick up pollutants and wash them into our waterways,” explains Victoria Spice, the Center’s Restoration Project Manager. “But if we allow forests to grow and thrive, they can help reduce stormwater runoff and can even absorb and filter the rain, allowing it to enter our groundwater — where much of our drinking water comes from.” This reforestation project alone will reduce nitrogen by 59.5 lbs per year and phosphorus by 1.4 lbs per year, create four acres of rich interior forest habitat, and sequester 6.9 million pounds of carbon dioxide over the next 20 years.
This project was a partnership between the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays and the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife and furthers the Center’s Inland Bays Pollution Control Strategy goal to establish forested waterway buffers in the Inland Bays watershed, the Delaware Inland Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan’s goals to provide forested buffers that reduce nutrient loading to the bays, and the 2015-2025 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan that calls for re-establishment of coastal plain forest habitats lost to fragmentation that can enhance and protect both biodiversity and water quality.
Additional plantings will take place this Spring between March and April. Part of the Center’s Watershed Reforestation Plan, two additional reforestation projects we will take place on Double Bridges Road in the Assawoman Wildlife Area and within a buffer property at the Sussex County Landfill. For more information, or to get your large group involved, please contact Victoria Spice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is a non-profit organization established in 1994 and is one of 28 National Estuary Programs. With its many partners, the CIB works to preserve, protect and restore Delaware’s Inland Bays–the water that flows into them, and the watershed around them.
The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) seeks volunteers to assist with the 2016 Inshore Fish Monitoring Program. This all-volunteer effort is studying the fish population of the Inland Bays at seventeen sites around the three Inland Bays and their tributaries.
An orientation program will be held on Thursday, March 31 at 5:30 pm at the CIB office located on Inlet Road in Delaware Seashore State Park on the north side of Indian River Inlet. For more information, or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Andrew McGowan at email@example.com or at (302) 226-8105 x112.
Delaware’s Inland Bays are home to over one hundred species of fish. The Inshore Fish Monitoring Survey is a citizen science program that over time will reveal trends in fish populations in the Inland Bays. 2011 was the first year of this long term study.
There are volunteer opportunities on the fish survey both in and out of the water; pulling seine nets, collecting water samples, recording data and assisting with data management. Each team conducts surveys one or two days per month from April through October.
The Center for the Inland Bays is a non-profit organization established in 1994 to preserve, protect, and restore Delaware’s Inland Bays, the water that flows into them, and the watershed around them. With its many partners, the CIB conducts public outreach and education, develops and implements restoration projects, encourages scientific inquiry
and sponsors research. For more information, go to inlandbays.org
Rehoboth Beach, DE: The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Emily Seldomridge to the position of Watershed Coordinator, a new position at the CIB.
In this position, Dr. Seldomridge will coordinate with partner organizations to implement, track and report progress made on the Inland Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP), the ‘blueprint for actions that should be undertaken by all levels of government, industrial and business sectors, private and public organizations and institutions and the general public to restore and protect the Inland Bays.’ This work will include implementation of the Inland Bays Pollution Control Strategy.
Dr. Seldomridge brings experience in watershed planning, public policy, water quality monitoring, and stakeholder engagement and outreach. She holds a holds a B.S. in Biology from Salisbury University, an M.S. in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Maryland.
Chris Bason, Executive Director of the CIB said, “The expertise and experience that Dr. Seldomridge brings to our team will strengthen our partnerships and integrate best available science into watershed-scale planning and implementation.”
Prior to joining the Center, Emily lived and worked in Texas, passing up a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany in favor of a research and development position with Texas Tech University: “The unique beauty of the Texas Hill Country captured my heart and research curiosity”, she said.
In Texas, Dr. Seldomridge developed a Watershed Protection Plan for the Upper Llano Watershed as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Healthy Watersheds Initiative. She later accepted a job with the Galveston Bay Foundation on the Texas Living Waters Project, a plan aimed to better protect springs, rivers, and estuaries by transforming the public policy used to manage and allocate water.
The move to the Delmarva Peninsula was spurred by a desire to return to her roots: “My soul never left Delmarva. I spent my childhood on the banks of the Wicomico River, swimming, fishing, or wading in the mud at low tide. I want to preserve these special memories and the environment where they were made so that others can experience the same connection with nature.
I believe that water is the connecting ribbon not only of watersheds, but also of communities. I will use my multidisciplinary training in water resources to lead watershed planning efforts for the Delaware Center for Inland Bays.”
The Delaware Center for the Inland Bay is one of 28 National Estuary Programs; a non-profit organization established in 1994 to promote the wise use and enhancement of the Inland Bays and its watershed. With its many partners, the CIB conducts public outreach and education, develops and implements restoration projects, encourages scientific inquiry, and sponsors research.
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Center for the Inland Bays Living Shoreline Project.
Shoreline erosion and flooding were a concern at Bethany Beach. The Center for the Inland Bays built a living shoreline to dampen waves and help the marsh rebuild.
The salt marsh is that grassy place were sea gives way to land. At its very edge, washed by tides twice daily…the heat and wind and salt and sea defeat all but a few well adapted plants. Salt marsh cordgrass is the dominant plant that gives our salt marshes their carpet of green. And, in places, one finds some succulent glasswort, once pickled for food. Mussels cling to its seaward edges, and a close up inspection finds it teeming with life.
The salt marsh is one of the most productive ecosystems on earth supporting a huge biomass. The unseen mass below ground of roots and rhizome, may be twice that which you can see. It stores a reservoir of nutrients and chemicals, in its plant tissue and sediments Often called the nursery of the sea, the rich detritus, made up of decomposing organisms, nourishes young fish and crabs who find both food and shelter from predators. Reptiles, amphibians, worms, insects, snails and tiny crustaceans find food and are food in this rich web of life.
Niches in time as well as space.
Animals must compete for food with other animals; nesting birds in spring will sing to proclaim their territory and ward off competitors from nesting too close. But some animals with competing needs occupy the same space, but at different times of year. The Northern Harrier and the Osprey occupy the same habitat and prey on many of the same animals, but the osprey arrives in mid March and leaves at the end of summer, and the harrier arrives in the fall and stays for the winter, so they are not competitors.
Welcoming places for migratory birds
In autumn, flocks of migratory waterfowl stop to feed in the salt marshes, and many stay for the winter finding both food and shelter there.
What do salt marshes do for us?
- Salt marshes are buffers between land and sea; storing water, and trapping sediments and nutrients before the water is released to the Bays.
- These giant sponges can hold huge quantities of water, releasing it slowly to the ground, and protecting us from flooding during storm events.
- Salt marshes are shock absorbers, slowing the waves driven in by the wind of hurricanes and storms
What can we do for them?
Take Action! Advocate for good public policy that protects our salt marshes.