Cape Conservation Corps is a local non-profit organization that is doing great things for our environment. Their mission, "Ignite community pride in our native landscape through projects that promote stewardship, create healthy natural spaces, and champion swimmable, fishable waterways," is one that no doubt speaks to almost anyone who lives on the Broadneck Peninsula.
One of their ongoing projects is Wednesday Weed Warriors. This is an opportunity for students to earn community service (I know the kids in BHS National Honor Society always need those); or for anyone interested in helping remove invasive plant species, and keep the ravine, that runs into Lake Claire, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay, clean and flowing freely. It's also a great (socially-distanced) opportunity to get outside, enjoy nature, and get some exercise! Here is the signup information for the upcoming weeks.
Start this clip at 1:15 to see the Weed Warriors in action!
Not a weed warrior? There are lots of other ways to participate! The easiest? Like their Facebook page to keep updated on their events, such as the upcoming Fall Native Plant Sale. Normally, at this time of year, they would be preparing for their annual Fall Harvest Bash fundraiser; which they are, like so many other fundraising events, forced to cancel. instead:
"Realizing that these are challenging times for all of us, and for some more so than others, we hope that you will continue to support our mission with a generous donation in lieu of your contribution to the Harvest Bash. You may mail your check to CCC, 1223 River Bay Road, Annapolis MD 21409, or on-line.
A quick recap of some of their other projects this year:
Purchased and planted several hundred plants at Serene Ravine, including Sedges, Packera, Aster, Phlox, Goldenrod, and Ferns.
Purchased and donated perennial plants to Goshen Farm to better protect the pond.
Purchased and donated bat houses and bat house kits to Troop 55 of the Broadneck Peninsula. They stained them before hanging them in various locations suggested by Ranger Victor of the Beverly Triton Nature Park.
Made a donation to the Chesapeake Bay Paddle to help them reach their $1 Million goal to support the Oyster Recovery program.
You can also become a Habitat Hero by taking steps to make your own yard wildlife friendly. Or follow President Stacey Wildberger's blog to learn about ways to increase sustainability and native planting in your own household. Or join Zero Waste Capers, another page moderated by Stacey, which provides an exchange of ideas "small, conscious changes, " for those of us who are striving, albeit very imperfectly, to reduce our carbon footprints.
Think about supporting this community organization in any way you can. These days I, think we have all come to appreciate nature more than ever before. And it's organizations like this that help keep our local environment such a beautiful place to live.