Programs, Events, & Volunteers
BioBlitz at Mallows Bay
Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary is hosting a fall BioBlitz! Join us on September 9th, 2023 to learn about the biodiversity in the sanctuary and look for seasonal differences in the species encountered. A BioBlitz is a free event where participants collect as many species observations as possible. By participating, you’ll help scientists collect valuable biodiversity information and learn more about Mallows Bay!
Joining the BioBlitz is easy! Anyone with a cellphone camera and access to the free iNaturalist app can participate. Here’s how:
- Download the iNaturalist App. Create a user account at iNaturalist.org.
- Join the project on iNaturalist.
- Register for the BioBlitz - and while supplies last, receive a free t-shirt at check-in!
Join us at Mallows Bay on September 9th!
Event timing: Saturday, September 9th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Mallows Bay Park (1440 Wilson Landing Rd, Nanjemoy, MD 20662)
- 10am - Guided bird-watching hike led by the Southern Maryland Audubon Society
- All day - Seining for aquatic organisms with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources
When you arrive, look for the blue NOAA tent for check-in.
Contact email@example.com for questions or concerns.
Things to bring:
- Closed toed shoes
- Seasonal clothes
- Rain gear (just in case)
- A smartphone with iNaturalist downloaded
- Download the BioBlitz Flyer
Become a Citizen Scientist!
Come join the Potomac Riverkeeper to achieve the goal of a swimmable Potomac River. Although swimming in the river is currently prohibited, all users who come in contact with the water should be aware of bacterial levels and the potential for health concerns. The Potomac Riverkeeper is part of an international network of scientists and volunteers who sample and report the status through Swim Guide.
A new partnership between the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and the Potomac Riverkeeper Network will develop a citizen science monitoring program at Mallows Bay focused on bacteria levels. This work will add to the body of weather and water data already available on the Mallows Bay water quality buoy that supports science and education as well as recreational and commercial uses. Potomac Riverkeeper will process the water quality samples aboard their floating laboratory Sea Dog. The monitoring results will be posted to Swim Guide and will help fill gaps in Potomac Riverkeeper's existing network along the river and contribute to a larger data set for more than 7000 beaches and waterways.
COVID-19 Update: Due to precautions associated with COVID-19, Potomac Riverkeeper is not able to host in-person training sessions for new volunteers. However, they are working to develop an online training module. In the interim, they will be asking their network of trained volunteers to conduct sampling at Mallows Bay this season with the hopes of adding new volunteers later in the year. Please continue to check this page for updates.
Be a Volunteer
All national marine sanctuaries rely on the energy and passion of volunteers. There are so many ways to be involved. Please consider adding your name to those who make it happen at Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary by contacting Sammy Orlando, Chesapeake Bay Regional Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Force Blue is a volunteer organization that unites two worlds by helping veterans and helping the environment. A team from Force Blue volunteered to conduct an initial survey of the subaquatic vegetation in Mallows Bay – Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary. The data that they collected provides much needed information on the various species and the health of the sanctuary.
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation enhances national marine sanctuaries in their goal to protect essential U.S. marine areas and to ensure a healthy ocean.