PAST EVENT / June 26, 2016: Life of the Chesapeake Bay

We have two exciting features lined up for you – the unique Fishmobile and a fun steamed blue crab lecture with dissection! Please join us between 1:00-4:00pm at our center in Overlea, Maryland.

At 1:15pm / Kathy Baker-Brosh will lead an engaging discussion re “What do you really know about Maryland blue crab anatomy and life history?”  Enjoy a presentation about blue crabs, including dissecting a steamed crab to observe the anatomy, life habits, and adaptations. FYI – Kathy points out that crab facts make great one‐liners to use at your next crab feast!

(Please note that we are limited to 50 crabs available for dissection.)

Kathy Baker-Brosh is the Research Naturalist at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center in Abingdon, Maryland.  She oversees research projects at the Center and runs the BioBlitz, Speaker Series, and Citizen Science Zooplankton Monitoring programs.  She holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ongoing between 1:00 – 4:00pm / Stationed in our parking lot will be the Fishmobile, a traveling marine science program from the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center in Tilghman, Maryland.

This exciting ‘aquarium on wheels’ will feature such activities as:

  • Touch or hold Horseshoe Crabs and Diamondback Terrapins
  • Learn how an oyster reef is created, what else lives there, how oysters help the Bay
  • Explore the watershed, learn properties of water, water cycles, river names, and play “Who Polluted the Bay”
  • Discover distributions, migration, and adaptations of fish
  • Play predator and prey games to understand the importance of Horseshoe Crabs.
  • Examine the anatomy of a Blue Crab, its life cycle and harvest methods
  • Adaptations, migration, predators and prey of turtles and birds