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Chesapeake Bay Parasite Project

Main Project Information
Presented By Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Goal Determine the distribution of an invasive parasitic barnacle.
Task Sort through oyster shells in search of mud crabs.
Where 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, 21037 MD 21037 United States

Scientists are studying sites all around the Chesapeake Bay to monitor the spread of an invasive parasitic barnacle that infects native white-fingered mud crabs. We are working to track their populations and need your help!

How to Join

Contact Alison Cawood (, 443-482-2271)

Project Timing We will have 2 rounds of sampling in 2017. One in June and another round in August. We also have a need for lab volunteers year round. In June, we need volunteers on June 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, and 25. August dates will be posted as soon as they are finalized.
Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Several hours
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Tags bay, beach, biology, chesapeake bay, coastal, conservation, crab, crabs, ecology, environmental science, invasive species, marine science, maryland, nature, ocean, outdoors, parasite, parasites
Project Updated 01/30/2018