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Poplar Island: the Power of Collaboration
Northeast Region, July 29, 2011
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Aerial view of recreated Poplar Island, USFWS
Aerial view of recreated Poplar Island, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Lush marsh habitat, Leo Miranda USFWS
Lush marsh habitat, Leo Miranda USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Releasing rescued osprey, Leo Miranda , USFWS
Releasing rescued osprey, Leo Miranda , USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
New nest for rescued osprey, Leo Miranda USFWS
New nest for rescued osprey, Leo Miranda USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

Members of various Department of Interior agencies and other Chesapeake Bay partners toured Poplar Island to see how coordination among federal, state and non governmental entities is working to restore Chesapeake Bay habitat.   

 

Poplar Island Ecological Restoration Project uses material dredged from shipping channels to restore the island and create shallow water habitat for bay grasses, crabs and fish and marsh and upland habitat for colonial nesting birds, shorebirds waterfowl as well as homes for small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. 

 

Department of Interior Deputy Assistant Secretaries Eileen Sobeck, Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Lori Caramanian, Water and Science, U.S. Geological Survey Regional Executive Dave Russ, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Assistant Director, Fisheries and Habitat Conservation Bryan Arroyo and partners from the Baltimore Port Administration, U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Maryland Port Administration, Maryland Environmental Service and Ducks Unlimited were there to see, first hand, the productive and vibrant wetlands.

 

Participants also got an extra treat. On the way to Poplar Island, Chesapeake Bay Field Office staff had to stop to complete a mission. A young osprey, rescued the day before, was placed into a new nest so that surrogate parents can care for it until it is ready to leave on its own.

 

For more information contact:

Jennifer Greiner

410/267-5783

jennifer_greiner@fws.gov

 


Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov



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