about south river federation

During the winter, the South River Federation takes water quality measurements from 21 non-tidal (mostly streams) locations around the watershed every two weeks. 

1/21/16 Field Notes from Sarah Giordano, Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer

As winter makes itself known on the East coast, South River Federation perseveres! On Thursday (with a whopping 0.10 inches of snow!), we bravely carried on our monitoring at various sites along the South River watershed.  Not surprisingly, many of the streams we visited were frozen over. However, I found it interesting that some streams, which are usually barely flowing at all, were moving faster than other more consistently flowing streams.  This may be the result of melting snow and the tendency of the stream to move water quickly through its channel.

While monitoring, I also noticed a large number of robins moving about (particularly near Preserve at Broad Creek). This bird is often thought to be a symbol of spring, as many robins migrate south in the winter and back north for the summer, but some robins do stay year round. Although it is a little early in the year to be seeing so many robins, it is reasonable with the uncharacteristically warm season that they have found Maryland’s early winter habitat to be acceptable.

In typical Maryland winter weather, there would be no need for concern over these birds, as they are fairly adaptable: should they not find adequate food or habitat, many move on to more suitable areas. Be that as it may, this past weekend’s blizzard was unkind to our avian friends, forcing them to take shelter in birdhouses, thick brush, and other small protective areas. We hope this storm has left the robins and everyone else safe and well!