On Saturday, about 40 Federation members and staff took to the river for the 7th Annual South River Sojourn.
This year's trip took us from the London Towne Community on Glebe Bay southeast to Selby Bay. I led a contingent that headed up into the protected headwaters of Glebe Creek, where we had the opportunity to check out several living shoreline projects installed by London Towne and where we spotted great blue herons, osprey, and several red-winged blackbirds.
As we left Glebe Bay and rounded Cedar Point, we crossed the mouth of Brewer Creek and got out into the open water of the mainstem of the river. A couple of miles later, we entered the sheltered inlet of Selby Bay, with the protected forests of South River Farm Park to our right.
Once at the Selby community beach, we seined for minnows and grass shrimp (and found about 6 or 7 species, including croakers, mummichogs, and silversides). Eventually, we waded into the soupy mix to see how far we could get in before we lost sight of our feet. This year it was a depressing 19 inches thanks to recent storms and algal blooms. Nonetheless, a good time was had by all and its great to get out and celebrate the South River. Hope to see you next year.