Soccer players find new competition cleaning up creeks
From an arcitle by Rachael Pacella
As published in the Capital, August 20, 2017
West and Rhode Riverkeeper Jeff Holland has been trying to coordinate volunteer community creek clean ups for about three years, he said.
Earlier this year, he found out that a 16-year-old from Mayo had already assembled a team — the Clean Creeks Football Club.
The club was founded by Rob Rutkai, a rising Junior at South River High School who plays on the school’s varsity soccer team. The Clean Creeks Football Club is composed mainly of his friends and fellow soccer players. Since their first clean up this past April, the group has gathered more than 3,600 pounds of trash from Cadle and White Marsh creeks, as well as the Turkey Point area.
“When I learned about this I was just inspired that these young kids would take it on themselves to do something I’ve been trying to get adult volunteers to do for at least three years," Holland said.
Ospreys in distress?
Young ospreys are just now fledging and learning how to hunt for fish, and sometimes they get into trouble when they dive into the water and their wings get too waterlogged for them to fly.
Shady Side resident Craig Landauer noticed that one of the ospreys from the nest near his home was in distress. He called the Department of Natural Resources Widlife Rescue officer at 410-260-8540 for advice.
Greg Kearns, Park Naturalist at the Jug Bay Natural Area at the Patuxent River Park on the Prince George's County side, advises that if it looks like an osprey can't swim on its own 20 to 30 yards to shore, put on a thick pair of leather work gloves, cover the bird's head with a towel or blanket, pick it up carefully so you don't injure its wings and set it ashore where it can safely rest and dry out. If it isn't injured, it will fly off on its own after 20 minutes or so.
Most of the adult ospreys have already started off on their migration south through Florida to Central and even South America, Kearns says. They wait until they're sure their offspring can fend for themselves, then take off. He's tracked ospreys that spend the winter as far away as Venezuela and Brazil. The last of the young birds will be gone from the Bay by mid-September.
If you have any questions about ospreys, Greg Kearns is always happy to talk to you, and he's the most knowledgeable guy on the topic I've ever met. You can leave a message at the park office at 301-627-6074.
Please note that all wild birds, including raptors, are protected under state and federal laws. It is illegal to harm, harass or possess any wild bird. You are allowed to rescue a wild bird but you must get it to a permitted facility as soon as possible. The quicker the bird is in qualified care the better its chances are for release.
Raptors can be very dangerous, even sick, injured and/or young birds. They have very sharp talons and beaks! BE CAREFUL!
Volunteers needed for Ride for the Rivers, Saturday, Sept. 23
Metric Century Bicycle Ride / 40-Mile Ride / Family Fun Ride followed by a great down-home BBQ, fish and chicken fry to benefit the West & Rhode Riverkeeper.
Discover the beauty of the watersheds of the West and Rhode Rivers (as well as the Patuxent River and Herring Bay), on this challenging ride through the rolling countryside of Southern Anne Arundel County and Northern Calvert County.
Proceeds help the West & Rhode Riverkeeper keep these rivers swimmable, fishable, crab-able and kayak-able.
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: Registration @ 7 a.m.
Start @ 8 a.m.
Ride: 8 a.m. – noon
Muddy Bottom BBQ: noon – 3 p.m.
Where: Start/finish & BBQ at Discovery Village
4800 Atwell Road
Shady Side, MD 20764
Registration Fee: $50 includes logo-emblazoned T-shirt, logo water bottle and “Muddy Bottom BBQ” celebration.
Just the BBQ: $25 per person / kids 12 & under FREE
The public is invited to join the cyclists at the “Muddy Bottom BBQ,” which runs from noon to 3 p.m., a riverfront celebration featuring live music, delicious BBQ, fried chicken and fish, great local Maryland beers, children's activities for the entire family and great people. Cost is free with each Ride for the Rivers registration, or $25 per person without registration. Children under are admitted 12 free.
Logistical support by Bike Doctor Annapolis
Contact: Jeff Holland
West/Rhode Riverkeeper, firstname.lastname@example.org 443-758-7797
Thanks to Eva Roy, Manager of the M&T Bank in Deale, for sponsoring the Ride for the Rivers!
Don't wait 'til it's too late!
Wind, weather, and other conditions can keep us from doing our duty safely, so don't wait until your tank is full to call for a pumpout.
There's a new phone number to call:
443-221-5104. Or hail the "Honeydipper" on VHF Channel 71. Pumpouts are only $5. Riverkeeper members at the $50 level get free pumpouts all season long. $100 members can schedule appointments in advance by calling the same number.
We need volunteers for our corps of citizen-scientists for our water-quality monitoring program. We especially need you if you can drive one of our small boats.
Please call or email me for more info.
We can't do all we do without you!
Thanks as always your support!
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