On Sunday, Oct. 23, roughly 30 people came out to the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge to help with shore clean up.
Shoreline cleanup participants included Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 253 (Chestertown) along with their parents and leaders, Washington College Student Environmental Alliance members, Eastern Neck NWR volunteers, and the Washington College Baseball Team.
During the cleanup, two full miles of refuge shoreline were cleaned up. This yielded three cubic yards of debris that weighed approximately 450 pounds, including: four large tires and 22 large bags of trash.
“With a staff of three, we could not keep ahead of the debris that washes up on refuge shorelines at Eastern Neck NWR without the help of volunteers,” said Colby Hawkins, visitor services specialist at Eastern Neck NWR.
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, is a 2,285-acre island refuge. It is a major feeding and resting place for migrating and wintering waterfowl. More than 100,000 ducks, geese, and swans seek sanctuary here each year, as do migrating and breeding songbirds and shorebirds. To learn more, go to the refuge's website.