DNR Field Trips to Explore Shoreline Erosion

Leader: Louisa Thompson, Planner Intern, Maryland Department of Natural
Saturday, March 26 and/or Sunday, March 27), repeated Saturday and/or
Sunday, April 3, 2011.
Time: Repeats several times each day. Let me know your availability.
Duration: 1-2 hours (trail is about a mile and a half, very easy walking).

Louisa notes: Both experts and amateurs are invited. Registration is
required.Directions will be sent to those who register. Email your
name, M-DNR or other agency affiliation (if any), VA-MD-DE Bugs and any
other society membership and area of interest, cell phone plus home or
work phone, permanent address */and preferred date and time of day/*//to
lthompson@dnr.state.md.us with the subject line “field trip 1.”

Help me field-test and improve my “real + virtual” interpretive trail at
a new state park on Kent Island.The land trail takes you to shorelines
with varying slopes, including a beach, tidal and non-tidal wetlands,
and uplands.We’ll also talk about the oyster planting area just
off-shore and can add other aquatic species of interest to
participants.The virtual trail, accessible via smart phone (I’ll bring
one) as you walk the land trail, matches each stop with explanatory
drawings and text, photos and satellite views, and links to
resources.Each trail stop is selected to illustrate how sea level rise
and storm surge waves will impact shoreline form and habitats.Several
methods of protecting the shoreline or assisting habitats to migrate or
adapt are also explored.

One eventual feature of the trails will be access to data on species
population size and phenology (life cycle timing) as they change over
the years.I hope to collect some baseline data on these two walks.This
is a long-time MOS bird count site and there is likely habitat for
juvenile diamondback terrapins.We might see the earliest spring
ephemeral plants.If you are interested in a particular species likely to
be seen at this time of year, please let me know.

I need feedback both from experts (to ensure accuracy of content and to
set up data collection) and from potential park visitors (to improve
user experience of both the land and virtual trails).

I’ll bring an iPhone.If you have a smart phone, please bring it, but
don’t hesitate to come without one. We’ll look at the wetlands from
land, but if you want to wade into them or canoe or kayak to them, let
me know and I’ll try to arrange for permission.(I’ll stay on land so
you’d have to be experienced.)

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