TILGHMAN ISLAND, Md - Fish, horseshoe crabs and other Bay natives will be set free by volunteering kids and families into the waters of Knapps Narrows on Sunday, October 19. A fun tradition now eight years old, Critter Release Day takes place at the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center (PWEC), right by Knapps Narrows Bridge, at 6129 Tilghman Island Road (Rte. 33), Tilghman, Md. Having been rescued by watermen, area residents and other gentle-hearted friends, the critters to be released have spent the summer in tanks at PWEC, where they have rested, recovered, and been admired by hundreds of visitors who have come to learn about the Bay and its land and sea creatures.
The event also features Scales & Tales, live birds of prey and reptiles brought by the Maryland Park Service to promote stewardship of our wildlife and other natural resources. Also entertaining fans of all ages will be Coastie, the Coast Guard Auxiliary's remote-controlled robot-boat; live music, crafts for kids and, in addition to fun food, hamburgers and hot dogs, a professional and amateur chili and chowder cook-off, with popular vote deciding the winners.
PWEC promotes sustainable practices for the seafood industry, aquaculture, coastline restoration and conservation. Leading kids and community education programs, PWEC demonstrates “better practices” for land and home management, business and agriculture, with emphasis on propagation of native plants and trees to support ecosystems.
Established in 2005, PWEC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is now housed in the former Harrison Oyster House property. Located beside the iconic Knapps Narrows Bridge, the property is part of the Island's heritage as oyster and crab houses have been located there for over a century. PWEC is currently in the process of developing the property into a center that leads watermen, scientists, educators, and a dedicated community in working together to help restore the Bay to productivity – and support the next generation of watermen to want to make their living on the water.
Phillips Wharf is located at 6129 Tilghman Island Road (Rte. 33), Tilghman, Md, 21671. For more information please call 410-886-9200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.