Anita C. Leight Estuary Center posted by OPCA

Anita C. Leight Estuary Center posted by OPCA A place to learn, connect, and become inspired by a unique estuarine ecosystem.
The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is owned and operated by Harford County Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Izaak Walton League of America, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and our local non-profit Otter Point Creek Alliance (OPCA).
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The Estuary Center is the research and education facility of the Otter Point Creek component of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Abingdon, Maryland. We are dedicated to increasing appreciation and understanding of estuaries. The Estuary Center and surrounding Leight Park are open to the public and offer many opportunities to explore and learn about the Chesapeake Bay. Come by and check us out!

Mission: Our mission is to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of estuarine ecosystems through research, monitoring, and education.

06/06/2020

Thank you for tuning in to our 23rd Annual Virtual Wade In Festival! We hope you enjoyed our posts and we look forward to seeing you all in person next year!

06/06/2020
Harford County Department of Public Works

When you think of your local Department of Public Works you probably think about highway maintenance and water and sewer, but HCDPW also has a Watershed Protection and Restoration division. They protect and improve Harford County’s many streams, rivers, and estuaries. They were critical partners in the design and construction of the Center’s permeable parking area and adjoining rain garden. They bring mascot Seymour Clearwater to the Wade In each year…can you find him?

Check out this cute recycled craft video from thecrafttrain.com.  Make use of all those empty toilet paper tubes, and ga...
06/06/2020
Paper roll fish recycling craft | The Craft Train

Check out this cute recycled craft video from thecrafttrain.com. Make use of all those empty toilet paper tubes, and gain a new fishy friend all at the same time!

Create a cute paper roll fish using this simple step by step tutorial. This is a fun way to upcycle your cardboard tubes and makes a great DIY toy for kids.

06/06/2020
Harford Land Trust

The Harford Land Trust does incredible work protecting land and water locally, and has added many acres of conserved land to the Estuary Center and Research Reserve. Learn a little more about their good work with director, Kristin Kirkwood.

06/06/2020

It's time to catch some fish along otter Point Creek

06/06/2020
CBNERR Sends a Message

Did you know that we are one of three sites within the Maryland Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR)? Because of that, we are lucky to work with some amazing people and today, Becky Swerida, the Natural Resources Biologist is going to share an important message about an issue facing our waters everywhere.

06/06/2020

It's time for our live Wade In! What reading will we get this year?

06/06/2020
Canoe Rides

Our canoes are usually a big attraction for visitors during this event. We have them set up at the shoreline for anyone to try, free of charge! Now we can't do that today but we did bring you the next best thing, a virtual canoe trip! Sit back and relax as we take you around the paddle trail of Otter Point Creek.

We love having interactive exhibits during our festival and Bryon Bodt, from Bodt Decoys, is always a hit! Bryon is an a...
06/06/2020

We love having interactive exhibits during our festival and Bryon Bodt, from Bodt Decoys, is always a hit! Bryon is an avid volunteer with us and every year he sets up a decoy carving demonstration for our visitors to enjoy. This year we wanted to bring you a collage of photos which breaks down just a bit of what it takes for Bryon to create his decoys. He has been carving decoys for 33 years as his full-time occupation (www.bodtdecoys.com) on top of his volunteer work with us and the Izaak Walton League of America. We hope you enjoy his photos and please post any questions or comments you might have below.

06/06/2020

It's time for our live Meet a Critter!

06/06/2020
Seed Bombs

We usually have craft stations set up during the festival so here is a virtual one for you to try! Be warned, it gets a little messy, but it's a lot of fun 🙂

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06/06/2020
The Music of the Wade In - Don Shappelle

Each year the music of Don Shappelle fills the ears of visitors who make their way down to the water during our festival. Today, Don has graciously shared with us a song for you all to enjoy and to inspire you to help us take care of the waters we love.

Answer the questions on our scavenger hunt and enter to win a free hat or t-shirt!
06/06/2020

Answer the questions on our scavenger hunt and enter to win a free hat or t-shirt!

06/06/2020
Wade-in kickoff video

Let the 23rd Annual Virtual Wade In Festival begin!

Check out our first video that has a message from our Park Manager, Kriste Garman, and more information about the Wade In itself. Then, stay tuned for more posts throughout the day 😄

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Celebrate #blackbirdersweek from today, May 31st to Friday, June 5th by following along with the events and social media...
05/31/2020

Celebrate #blackbirdersweek from today, May 31st to Friday, June 5th by following along with the events and social media hashtags below!

Join us virtually on Saturday, June 6th for our annual Wade In Festival! Check out our event page for more information a...
05/30/2020

Join us virtually on Saturday, June 6th for our annual Wade In Festival! Check out our event page for more information and updates as the festival gets closer. We hope to "see" you there :D

Check out Shawn's photos from this week. We're excited to see the mountain laurel is blooming!
05/24/2020

Check out Shawn's photos from this week. We're excited to see the mountain laurel is blooming!

In honor of #WorldTurtleDay we wanted to share this great photo that our always enthusiastic volunteer Shawn took in the...
05/23/2020

In honor of #WorldTurtleDay we wanted to share this great photo that our always enthusiastic volunteer Shawn took in the marsh. How many different species of turtle do you see in this photo, and can you name them all? Comment below!

The 2020 Otter Point Creek Alliance Scholarship winner is:Kathryn (Kate) Wolferman from Fallston, MD. She is a 2020 hono...
05/18/2020

The 2020 Otter Point Creek Alliance Scholarship winner is:
Kathryn (Kate) Wolferman from Fallston, MD. She is a 2020 honors graduate from Edgewood High School in their IB Program and will be attending Temple University majoring in environmental sciences. These words appeared many times from her instructors: SMART – MOTIVATED – WELL ROUNDED – ACCOMPLISHED!
Kate believes one person with passion and drive has the potential to make a tremendous difference both in their community and throughout the world.
"I hope to apply that philosophy to my life in a way that allows me to make significant steps towards environmental conservation and sustainability efforts. I feel as though the environment has always been a significant part of my life, but in recent years has reached new heights and allowed for me to discover my true passion and craft this drive for making a difference in the world. One person has endless potential to spark and carry out change, and I believe that I can too."
One of Kate’s teachers offered this analysis of her: “Roger Staubach once said, “Confidence is the result of hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication."
Kate is that confidence.

Shawn's photos from this week 😊
05/17/2020

Shawn's photos from this week 😊

We would like to send a big THANK YOU out to those amazing volunteers who helped refurbish our fleet of canoes over the ...
05/16/2020

We would like to send a big THANK YOU out to those amazing volunteers who helped refurbish our fleet of canoes over the past two winters! Don't they look beautiful?!

We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated group of people who volunteer their time because they want to support and be a part of the research and environmental education that we do here.

We miss you all so much and we can't wait to safely get back out on the water with you soon!

Have you heard the news that Mariner Point Park is installing a new ADA accessible canoe/kayak launch? This is wonderful...
05/14/2020

Have you heard the news that Mariner Point Park is installing a new ADA accessible canoe/kayak launch? This is wonderful news for paddlers! Please read the following post for more information.

Mariner Point Park ADA Canoe/Kayak Launch Project Information:
We are excited to begin putting a floating canoe/kayak launch on the downstream leg of the boat launch area. Between now and the end of July, during the week there will be intermittent closures of one of the boat launches, but the other launches will remain open. Signage will be placed on site as well, alerting boaters to the situation. All of the in-water work for the project will take place after June 15th because of MDE restrictions and will continue until the project is complete. We have instructed our vendor that if it gets too busy to complete work during the day, to suspend their operations for the day. Note: There will be a few trees cleared to create a pull-off area for canoes & kayaks, about the size of two parking spaces. For every tree down, one will be planted elsewhere in the park.

05/12/2020

Today we had a surprise guest visit us at the Estuary Center. Can you tell "who" it is??

05/12/2020
Cable Natural History Museum

How many of these have you heard recently? 🐸

Spring and Summer in 22 seconds! In this animation, eight common species of frogs (including a toad!) give their calls through the season. Wood frog, boreal chorus frog, spring peeper, northern leopard frog, American toad, Gray treefrog, green frog, and bullfrog. See if you can identify each species as it joins the chorus.

Full First Grade-level lesson (including individual calls of the frogs) is now available at: https://www.cablemuseum.org/school-field-trips/museum-mobile/museummobile-spring-programs/first-grade-spring-a-northwoods-frog-chorus/

A few of Shawn's photos from this week. It appears the animals were showing off a bit 😊
05/09/2020

A few of Shawn's photos from this week. It appears the animals were showing off a bit 😊

05/07/2020

Check out our latest video to find some creative ways for you to create art with nature! Share your masterpieces in the comments below so we can be inspired by you! #Getoutside
Thank you to our wonderful non-profit - Otter Point Creek Alliance - for making this video possible.

music provided by: Bensound.com

05/06/2020
Ladew Topiary Gardens

Check out the trail camera footage from Ladew Topiary Gardens Nature Walk! It'll be sure to bring a smile to your face on this rainy day 😊

On this "Wildlife Wednesday"... enjoy this collection of trail camera footage shot in March and April 2020 on the Nature Walk at Ladew!

Look at the shots Shawn got this week!
05/02/2020

Look at the shots Shawn got this week!

Here is a great reminder from Harford County Office of Recycling that fits in perfectly with #SanitationSaturday!
05/02/2020

Here is a great reminder from Harford County Office of Recycling that fits in perfectly with #SanitationSaturday!

DISPOSABLE MASKS AND DISPOSABLE GLOVES

Friendly reminder that disposable masks and disposable gloves are TRASH items only. They are not accepted in our Single Stream Recycling Program. Our Material Recovery Facility asked us to remind our community since they have recently seen large numbers of these items in recycling loads. Please remember that cloth or washable facemasks will reduce landfill waste.

Thanks for you help Harford County.

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05/02/2020
Stay green while keeping clean

Hey friends, we all know this "stay at home life" is challenging for many reasons, but we wanted to share some important information to help you stay green while keeping clean! Welcome to #SanitationSaturday! Check out this video about flushables and see a simple experiment that may change your opinion on certain products. This is a costly problem that many municipalities, and individual homeowners are burdened with around the world. Together we can stop the clog and keep our communities clean!
#staygreenwhilekeepingclean #cleancommunities

04/30/2020
Meet a Critter!

We've got another "Meet a Critter" for you today! Which animal will it be this time? 😊 Tune in to see and let us know what fact you found the most interesting!

Harford County Government

Happy Thursday, everyone!Check out our YouTube channel when you get a minute! We've posted all of our videos we've made ...
04/30/2020
Friends of Anita C.Leight Estuary Center

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Check out our YouTube channel when you get a minute! We've posted all of our videos we've made so far and will continue to upload more soon :D

P.S. Let us know if there are any activities or videos you'd like to see us post. Our next video will be featuring a critter you may be familiar with.... 🐢

Videos created by the Friends of the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center. For more information, please visit www.otterpointcreek.org

Address

700 Otter Point Rd
Abingdon, MD
21009

General information

We offer programs for school groups (home school as well) and the public which include canoe and kayak trips, hiking, pontoon boat rides, crafts, summer camps, citizen science, and research. Most of our programs are at a low cost and some are even free. Go to our website www.otterpointcreek.org for more details about upcoming programs and register today!

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(410) 612-1688

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Welch Sparkling with the kids with our favorite “wine” glasses for Anita Leight Estuary. Thanks for all you do.
Thought you all would be interested in this article; maybe an ongoing plant ID workshop/class would be a good idea?
Thanks Kim for an awesome paddle today!
On the trail to the pier this morning.
The Edgewood Development Corporation and the Southern Harford County Bay Alliance invite you to add 16 Sept 2017 to your calendar for the Ocean Conservancy International Shore Cleanup Day 2017. They are updating their map of sites where we will be meeting for this event. Joppa Development Corporation is part of this effort, and there will be several sites from which teams will pick up trash, which will be counted in the international effort to reduce pollution that flows from our streets to streams to the Bay to the ocean. This pollutant stream ends up in the bellies of all water-based animals, many of which we eat, and we absorb the PCBs and other contaminants we are throwing away every day. This is just one day, but the data we recover will help prove the point that we are and will be consuming our own trash, toxic and otherwise, until we and our neighbors can clean up after ourselves.
Another photo from the Mini-BioBlitz. This was on the wildflower survey led by Park Manager Kriste Garman. We're admiring the Green-headed Coneflower and Marsh Hibiscus (or Rose Mallow).
The Mini-BioBlitz is underway! We spotted 36 species on the bird survey by kayak session this morning including an Osprey carrying a gigantic orange goldfish.