A day-long field trip is planned on Tuesday, 13 November, for Jug Bay Natural Area, Patuxent River Park, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Itinerary

8:00 a.m.  Meet at USGS Visitor Parking lot

8:15 a.m. Depart USGS for Patuxent River Park

9:45 a.m. Welcome and orientation

10:00 a.m. Group 1: Boat tour of the Jug Bay Natural Area.  The tour will explore the tidal freshwater marshes of the Patuxent River in a 25-person pontoon boat.  The ecology, biogeochemistry, and geomorphology of the ecosystems will be discussed.  Led by Greg Kearns.

10:00 a.m. Group 2: Driving/walking tour of the Patuxent River Park and Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary.  The tour will explore tidal freshwater marshes and forested swamps of the Patuxent River via a driving tour of the Sanctuary and boardwalk that spans tidal freshwater wetlands.  The ecology, biogeochemistry, and geomorphology of the ecosystems will be discussed.  Led by Andy Baldwin.

12:00 p.m. Group Lunch

1:00 p.m. Group 1: Driving/walking tour of the Patuxent River Park and Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary with Andy Baldwin

1:00 p.m. Group 2: Boat tour of the Jug Bay Natural Area with Greg Kearns

3:00 p.m. Reconvene and wrap-up

3:15 p.m. Depart for USGS

5:00 p.m. Arrive at USGS

Equipment

Participants should bring a water bottle, outdoor clothing, walking shoes, rain gear, and sunscreen or insect repellant, if desired.  Waders, hip boots, and knee boots are not required.  The field trip will be conducted rain or shine; warm, wind-proof clothing may be necessary on the boat trip.

Additional information

More information on the facilities visited can be found at the following Web sites:

Patuxent River Park

Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary

Jug Bay Natural Area