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