Citizen Science

Chesapeake Bay Parasite Project

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00am - 4:30pm
Event Location

An introduced parasite is affecting native mud crabs in Chesapeake Bay. The parasite is now common in the Bay, but its abundance and spread vary greatly from year to year. Scientists need your help to track the parasite!

Pre-registration Required

Event Details

Volunteers help by finding crabs that are in our crab collectors. The collectors are small milk crates filled with oyster shells. We put the collectors out for two months, then we look at how many crabs are using the crate as habitat.

We welcome volunteers age 12+, although all volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating parent/guardian. Younger volunteers may be allowed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for more information.  We can accommodate a maximum of 6 volunteers under the age of 16 per sampling session, and volunteers under the age of 16 may only sign-up for one session per day unless prior permission has been received.  Please let us know if you have any questions about this. 

Please contact Alison Cawood (, 443-482-2271) if you would like to sign up. You MUST sign up to participate.