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April 12, 9am – noon. Limited to 24 people

Poplar Island is in the Chesapeake Bay near Tilghman Island. It once was a viable community but was abandoned because of erosion that reduced it to about 3 acres. It is now over 1, 700 acres and is reborn as a wildlife habitat, providing a splendid home for birds and other wildlife. Maryland Environmental Service provides tours of the Island that are conducted by an environmental specialist. The tour takes you from Tilghman to Poplar Island by boat to connect with a bus and guide to see the Island. Tours cover erosion, the process of habitat restoration using dredged materials, water quality monitoring, and species diversity. Participants will also learn about cultural history on the Chesapeake from the 1600s through today.

The tour takes approximately 4 hours, which includes the 1/2 hour boat ride to and from the Island. Lunch is not provided, but feel free to bring snacks.

Reserve one of the limited spaces on the boat, by April 3rd.  You should be at the boat dock in Tilghman about 15 minutes early, so if you are leaving from Oxford we recommend that you leave before 8:00 am to allow a little extra time in case the bridge to Tilghman opens. Tours are rain or shine. Portable toilets are available at the dock in Tilghman and restrooms are on the Island.

More about the Island http://www.poplarislandrestoration.com/

Reservations at https://oxfordcc.org/events/

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