MARYLAND – The least sunny day is almost here. An Anne Arundel County shrine will celebrate the winter solstice with a moonlit hike.
Residents of Maryland can also head to local streams to enjoy some of the area’s best trout fishing, according to a ranking. Environmentalists have called on residents to protect nature by reporting sea animals stunned by cold water. Other upcoming activities include a historic cooking lesson and an owl walk.
Patch recently partnered with several local organizations to bring you their latest news. This guest contribution comes from National Park Service Chesapeake Gateways and Chesapeake Conservancy. Here’s what Jody Hedeman Couser submitted to help you explore Chesapeake Bay:
“Winter solstice hike
Join Jug Bay Master Naturalist Mike Quilan in celebrating the change of seasons. Look for signs of winter and close the shortest day of the year by watching the sunset from the observation deck. You can see the full moon at night – the long night moon. This moon is visible longer than any other full moon in the year. Open to all ages. Free with $ 6 per entry to the vehicle fleet. December 18, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary, Lothian, MD. More information and registration. “
“The best places for trout fishing
According to fishing guide and writer Chris Dollar, “You’ll run out of time before you run out of places to fish for trout in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.” From the 12 designated wild trout streams from Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania to Savage River State Forest in western Maryland, Cacapon State Park in West Virginia, and cold mountain streams in the Shenandoah Mountains, there is an abundance of places to catch trout. Regarding winter, Chris suggests that there is excellent trout fishing âwell into the dead of winter in the freshwater tributaries that flow into the bayâ. Read about the best places for trout fishing in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. “
“Cold Stun: How You Can Help
This is the time of year when the water temperature in Chesapeake Bay can endanger sea turtles and some marine animals. Some species can become sluggish and callous, making them dangerous to themselves and boaters. According to [the] Maryland [Department of Natural Resources,] marine animal rescue organizations responded to nearly 1,000 cold-stunned animals along the east coast last year. The public can be of great help in reporting any sea animal or sea turtle stunned by the cold that they may encounter. In Maryland, call the Maryland Marine Mammal Stranding hotline at 800-628-9944. The hotline is open all year round, 24 hours a day. In virginia[,] the Aquarium Stranding Response Team asks that if you encounter a sea turtle swimming, floating or stranded on the beach during the winter, stay with them and immediately call (757) 385-7575 . “
“Kitchen in the cabin
Explore ancient American cuisine and culinary habits with culinary historians at the Benjamin Banneker Museum. Using a wood-burning fireplace and baking oven, they showcase the cooking techniques used by Benjamin Banneker and his neighbors in the Patapsco Valley. Free, open to all, without registration. December 18, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Benajmin Banneker Museum, Catonsville, Maryland. More information and other events.
Note: There will also be a Solstice Hike and Campfire at the Banneker Museum on December 17 at 7 p.m. (see link above) “
Need help locating the [elusive] owl? Join Eden Mill after dark to search the woods for some of Maryland’s native owls and wildlife! Discover these incredible creatures as the center of nature calls out to them and follow them through the woods. $ 11 for non-members. Dec 17 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Jan. 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, MD. More information and registration. “