Ocean Pines Bay Day event to Showcase Bay-friendly backyard habitats

Bay Day attendees learn more about pollinator garden during the event, last year. The second annual event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8 in White Horse Park.

The following is a news release from Maryland Coastal Bays:

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program invites you to show up on Sunday, Sept. 8 at White Horse Park in Ocean Pines from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and roll up your sleeves for backyard habitats.

Maryland Coastal Bays Program has teamed up with the Ocean Pines Association to show homeowners how to improve backyard habitats by planting native pollinator plants, building bat boxes, bird houses, bee homes, and constructing seed bombs. 

“By taking simple steps towards a bay-friendly backyard, homeowners can reduce time and effort maintaining their yards and, at the same time, help to improve the health of the Coastal Bays,” Liz Wist, education coordinator at Maryland Coastal Bays Program, said.

“We hope to showcase what local homeowners can do to improve backyard habit for wildlife and to improve local water quality,” Frank Piorko, executive director of Maryland Coastal Bays Program, said.

A small pollinator garden project, established in May of 2019 at White Horse Park, will be completed during the Bay Day event. Additionally, homeowners can receive a Maryland native plant to take home.

An interactive art piece that highlights the issue of single-use plastics will also be on display.

The event will also showcase food from local vendors including Street Kitchen, Kona Ice, Eastern Shore Kettle Korn, the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Pines/Ocean City, and local craft beer and root beer from Burley Oak.

From free boat tours and kayaking to educational exhibits, this public event will be a day of fun, hands-on activities and educational talks.

For more information, contact Liz Wist, education coordinator, at (410) 213-2297 ext. 110 or lwist@mdcoastalbays.org.

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