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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Video Reveals the Splendor of Poplar Island Restoration
Northeast Region, March 10, 2010
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Aerial view of Poplar Island, USFWS
Aerial view of Poplar Island, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Least tern chick, Leopoldo Miranda, USFWS
Least tern chick, Leopoldo Miranda, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Restored marsh, Leopoldo Miranda, USFWS
Restored marsh, Leopoldo Miranda, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

Poplar Island: Spoil to Splendor, a video composed by the Chesapeake Bay Field Office, documents the variety of wildlife that now utilizes the created and restored habitats on Poplar Island in Chesapeake Bay.


Set to music, the video takes the visitor around the island and though a variety of wetland, shoreline and near shore areas, following wildlife such as common terns, osprey, muskrat, blue crabs and schools of fish. It will be used as one of the outreach tools of the Poplar Island Restoration partners including the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Maryland Environmental Service, and Maryland Port Authority.


Maps and records from the 1600's describe Poplar Island as over 2,000 acres. By 1990, the island had been reduced to remnants totaling less than 10 acres. The Poplar Island Restoration Project began in 1998 with the goal of restoring the island within the historic island footprint.


Using dredged material from Chesapeake Bay shipping channels, workers are steadily rebuilding the island and restoring its habitat. Poplar Island is now 1,140 acres and may be expanded by 550 acres.


The project has also restored a 300-acre protected embayment, Poplar Harbor, on the leeward side of the island. It is hoped that by restoring an area of calm, shallow water, that local submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) beds will colonize the waters there to historic levels.


Poplar Island: Spoil to Splendor is accessible from the video section of the Chesapeake Bay Field Office 's website at http://www.fws.gov/chesapeakebay/.


For more information contact:


Pete McGowan



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