Nanticoke River Expedition 2017

December 1-3, 2017: Hosted by Salisbury University at their Nanticoke Field Station, Upstream Alliance led a group of distinguished and emerging leaders kayaking sections of the Nanticoke River and hiking through the Chesapeake Forests. Read the blog about the trip: “Reflections on Diversity” by Jan-Michael Archer.

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Skipjack Green Drinks

August 17, 2017: Upstream Alliance hosted conservation leaders on the dock of The Big Owl Tiki Bar to connect and network. Captain Ed Farley brought his skipjack from St. Michaels to take us on a sail over the oyster beds in the area.

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DE River Expedition

September 29-October 1, 2017: Upstream Alliance led conservation leaders, traveling by kayak from Trenton, NJ to Philadelphia to Camden, NJ.  The group investigated the rivers’ health, conducted a mussel shell survey, seined for fish–caught over 50 juvenile shad, and observed a river well on the way to the Clean Water Act goals of “fishable and…

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On June 17, 2017, UA hosted a RAFT UP on Weems Creek off the Severn River to connect and network with Upstream Alliance supporters. It was a great group of people, boats and potluck dishes! Thanks to everyone who attended!

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AASA Superintendent’s Conference

February 12, 2016: Superintendent’s from around the nation gathered in Phoenix, Arizona at the annual AASA Superintendent’s Conference. Don Baugh, hosted a session at the conference on environmental education in ESSA for interested superintendents. This briefing has activated a Superintendent’s Network that will connect and inform Superintendents on the opportunities for environmental education in their…

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Delaware Bay Expedition

Witnessing an event that has occurred for 450 million years has to be one of the most dramatic scenes a human can experience. The horseshoe crabs descended upon the beaches at high tide during the full moon to lay their eggs on the beach. Our incredible group of environmental leaders witnessed this stunning natural phenomenon…

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Oyster Roast

Oyster and Cake Delivery Celebration December 21, 2016 Throughout the evening, over 50 environmental leaders stopped by the oyster roast to network, share expedition stories and purchase the Bay’s finest goods. Oysters caught by Lonnie Moore and Smith Island cakes made by Mary Ada Marshall were sold at cost to help support the Chesapeake Bay’s…

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Brew Crab Feast

July 3, 2016: Over 70 Upstream Alliance supporters gathered in Annapolis to eat Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, eat local Eastern Shore sweet corn, drink local brews, and eat Smith Island layer cake. Friends and colleagues were able to reconnect and make new connections as distinguished and emerging leaders were united. Our 1st annual Brew Crab…

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Nanticoke River Expedition

December 2-4, 2016: An incredible group of environmental leaders joined together on the Nanticoke River in December to paddle and celebrate conservation. Salisbury University hosted the group in their new Nanticoke Field Station which is perfected poised to immerse groups into the wild landscape of the Nanticoke River. The group bonded while discussing upcoming opportunities around the…

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Delaware River Expedition

April 15-17, 2016: Delaware River. 39 miles. Happy osprey. Red Dragon Canoe Club. Kayak limbo. USS Olympia. Read Ann Swanson’s blog Together We Have Strength. “Thank you for conceiving, assembling, and carrying out a tremendous trip on the Delaware.  There are few joys as great as discovering a beautiful natural resource for the first time. …

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Delaware Bay Expedition

May 20-22, 2016: Chesapeake Bay leaders gathered on the Delaware Bay to witness a 450 million year old phenomena: the annual horseshoe crab spawn. By the light of the full moon, paddlers admired the historic creatures as they came ashore to lay and fertilize their eggs. Read more from Laura Murray’s blog post.

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The team, from left to right: Stephen Eren, Michael Tannen, Don Baugh, Alex Crooks and Walter Brown


September 9-October 10, 2015: Paddlers circumnavigated the Delmarva Peninsula! Check out the expedition’s daily biological diversity and water quality data. WHERE IS THE EXPEDITION? Click on the RED PIN MARKERS to find links to any blog post or media coverage from that day, or to link to the day’s citizen science data report.


Soft crab hiding in eel grass, Smith Island, MD

Virginia Seaside Expedition

June 22-24, 2016: Distinguished and emerging environmental leaders gathered for a seaside camping excursion to Mockhorn Island, Virginia. During the expedition great connections were made, memories shared, fish caught and poems written. To read our Paddler’s Poems please visit our blog.

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