CBEC plans series of na­ture lec­tures

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GRA­SONVILLE — The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter will hold an adult lec­ture series, called Crit­ters and Cock­tails, this win­ter.

It’s an en­ter­tain­ing and ed­u­ca­tional lec­ture series with talks on wildlife of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Re­gion paired with ap­pe­tiz­ers and bev­er­ages, oc­cur­ring one Wed­nes­day a month in Jan­uary through April from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Ap­pe­tiz­ers and bev­er­ages will be served at 6:30 p.m. fol­lowed by the pre­sen­ta­tion from 7 to 7:45 pm in CBEC’s Ed­u­ca­tion Build­ing. Cost is $8/ses­sion for CBEC mem­bers, $10/ses­sion for non-mem­bers.

On­line reg­is­tra­tion is en­cour­aged at bayrestora­tion.org/speaker-series.

The series of lec­tures in­cludes:

• On Wed­nes­day, Jan. 25, the dis­cus­sion will be “Pic­tur­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake.” The speaker, Mark Hen­dricks, a nat­u­ral­ist by trade and an award-win­ning wildlife con­ser­va­tion pho­tog­ra­pher, will take the au­di­ence on a vis­ual jour­ney through the rich bio­di­ver­sity of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Wa­ter­shed. Through the lens of his cam­era, the speaker will fo­cus on the nat­u­ral his­to­ries of the flora and fauna that make the bay a unique re­source. His im­ages and ar­ti­cles have been fea­tured in Na­ture Pho­tog­ra­pher, The Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­source, Na­tional Parks Trav­eler, Africa Ge­o­graphic, and his pho­to­graphs grace the walls of the famed G2 Gallery of Venice, Cal­i­for­nia. He is cur­rently work­ing on his first book to be re­leased this year.

This lec­ture is paired and spon­sored with lo­cal ap­pe­tiz­ers from Fish­er­man’s Inn, wine from Bo­ordy Vine­yards and Vini­cola Sal­ton, and beer from Itaipava

• On Wed­nes­day, Feb. 22, the dis­cus­sion will be “Wet-N-Wild Tur­keys” with speaker Judy Wink. Did you know that Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be our na­tional sym­bol? Join the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s very own ac­claimed or­nithol­o­gist, Wink, CBEC ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, for a wild dis­cus­sion on a fas­ci­nat­ing, yet over looked bird, the turkey. Who knew tur­keys had such in­ter­est­ing sex lives? Be pre­pared to have fun and even par­tic­i­pate in a turkey call­ing con­test at the end of the lec­ture. What you learn at this ses­sion will make your next Thanks­giv­ing din­ner con­ver­sa­tion a mem­o­rable one!

This lec­ture is paired and spon­sored with ap­pe­tiz­ers from Bridges Restau­rant and se­lected wine and beer from The Win­ery.

• On Wed­nes­day, March 22, the dis­cus­sion will be “Crabs, Old Bay & Beer” with speaker Dr. An­son “Tuck” Hines, di­rec­tor of the Smith­so­nian En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­search Cen­ter on the Rhode River. Hines is a world renowned ex­pert on Ch­e­sa­peake Blue Crabs. We all love to feast on them, and have prob­a­bly caught them, but what else do we know about this iconic bay crit­ter? Come to this pre­sen­ta­tion and learn about the fas­ci­nat­ing life history of our “Jim­mies” and “Sooks.”

This lec­ture is paired and spon­sored with ap­pe­tiz­ers from The Narrows Restau­rant and beer from The Win­ery.

• On Wed­nes­day, April 19, the dis­cus­sion will be “Honey Bee-haviour” with speaker Mike Em­brey. Join Em­brey, Eastern Shore hon­ey­bee ex­pert, for a talk on bees, their im­por­tance as pol­li­na­tors, and the joys of bee-keep­ing. Em­brey re­cently re­tired from the Univer­sity of Mary­land Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, where he was pro­gram man­ager for 20 years of the Eastern Shore Api­cul­ture Pro­gram. He teaches bee-keep­ing cour­ses through­out the re­gion and has trav­eled around the world con­sult­ing on the rais­ing and main­tain­ing hon­ey­bees and other agri­cul­tural pol­li­na­tors.

This lec­ture is paired and spon­sored with ap­pe­tiz­ers from Knoxie’s Table and spir­its from Black­wa­ter Dis­tiller y.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF LOUISE SOUTHWORTH

Honey bees clus­ter to­gether. Honey bee pop­u­la­tions con­tin­ued to de­cline last year, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture.

PHOTO BY DO­RIAN MITCHELL

A Mary­land blue crab sits on top of oth­ers in a bushel bas­ket af­ter be­ing har­vested from the Ch­ester River. Blue crabs will be one of the top­ics of Cock­tails and Crit­ters at Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter.

Tur­keys as our na­tional bird? Judy Wink will dis­cus this fas­ci­nat­ing bird as part of the Crit­ters and Cock­tails lec­ture series.

JUDY WINK

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