Critters and Cocktails : A Lecture Series at CBEC
January – April 2017

Join us for the 2017 season, which will feature a series of talks on wildlife of the Chesapeake Bay Region.

The program will be held in CBEC’s Education Building in Grasonville, MD.  The lectures will be held on Wednesdays with refreshments & beverages starting at 6:30pm  and the actual presentation from 7-7:45pm .  Cost will be $8/session for CBEC Members; $10/session for non-Members.

Online registration is encouraged.


Wednesday, January 25    Mark Hendricks: Picturing The Chesapeake

Mark Hendricks, a naturalist by trade and an award winning wildlife conservation photographer, will take us on a visual journey through the rich biodiversity of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  Through the lens of his camera, Mark will focus on the natural histories of the flora and fauna that make the Bay a unique resource.   His images and articles have been featured in Nature Photographer, The Maryland Natural Resource, National Parks Traveler, Africa Geographic, and his photographs grace the walls of the famed G2 Gallery of Venice, California. He is currently working on his first book to be released in 2017.

Wednesday, February 22     Judy Wink: Wet-N-Wild Turkeys

Did you know that Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national symbol? Join our very own acclaimed ornithologist, CBEC Executive Director, Judy Wink, for a wild discussion on a fascinating yet over looked bird… the turkey.  Who knew turkeys had such interesting sex lives?  Be prepared to have fun and even participate in a turkey calling contest at the end of the lecture.  What you learn at this session will make your next Thanksgiving dinner conversation a memorable one!

Wednesday, March 22    Dr. Anson “Tuck” Hines: Crabs, Old Bay & Beer

Dr. Anson “Tuck” Hines, Director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on the Rhode River, is a world-renowned expert on Chesapeake Blue Crabs.  We all love to feast on them, and have probably caught them, but what else do we know about this iconic Bay critter?  Come to this presentation and learn about the fascinating life history of our “Jimmies” and “Sooks”.

Wednesday, April 19    Mike Embrey: Honey Bee-havior

Join Mike Embrey, Eastern Shore honeybee expert, for a talk on bees, their importance as pollinators, and the joys of bee-keeping.  Mike recently retired from the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, where he was program manager for 20 years of the Eastern Shore Apiculture Program.   He teaches bee-keeping courses throughout the region, and has traveled around the world consulting on the raising and maintaining honeybees and other agricultural pollinators.