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December Virtual Lunch and Learn – The Patuxent Watershed: Maryland’s Natural Wonder

December 14, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Do you know about one of Maryland’s most precious natural wonders? “It starts as a whisper near the four corners of Maryland, where Montgomery, Frederick, Howard and Carroll counties converge. It’s little more than a meandering brook winding its way through farmland, but when it completes its 110-mile journey to Southern Maryland, the Patuxent River runs 120 feet deep, reaches two miles wide and is the source of billions of dollars in industry, research and recreation.” – The Calvert Recorder, June 7, 2021.

This illustrated talk by resource expert Ralph Eshelman highlights some of the lesser-known facts about Maryland’s longest intrastate river, The Patuxent, . an underappreciated Maryland natural and cultural resource. Please join us for a virtual field trip to learn about this true treasure of Maryland.

Ralph Eshelman is a specialist in maritime history. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan with a major in geology and vertebrate paleontology and a minor in ecology. He served as a Research Associate in the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution from 1975 until 2005. He is active in several professional and civic organizations including past president of the Council of American Maritime Museums, founding vice-president of the National Maritime Preservation Task Force of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, vice-president for Science and Stewardship of the Maryland-Washington D.C. Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Patuxent Riverkeeper, and Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Honors include Outstanding Young Men in America (1981) and Emerging Young Leaders of America (1989).

This illustrated talk by resource expert Ralph Eshelman highlights some of the lesser-known facts about Maryland’s longest intrastate river, The Patuxent, . an underappreciated Maryland natural and cultural resource. Please join us for a virtual field trip to learn about this true treasure of Maryland.

Ralph Eshelman is a specialist in maritime history. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan with a major in geology and vertebrate paleontology and a minor in ecology. He served as a Research Associate in the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution from 1975 until 2005. He is active in several professional and civic organizations including past president of the Council of American Maritime Museums, founding vice-president of the National Maritime Preservation Task Force of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, vice-president for Science and Stewardship of the Maryland-Washington D.C. Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Patuxent Riverkeeper, and Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Honors include Outstanding Young Men in America (1981) and Emerging Young Leaders of America (1989).

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Date:
December 14, 2023
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Website:
https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/homepage/html/upcomingevents.html