CBMM offers ecology cruises aboard Winnie Estelle

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels is offering Miles River ecology cruises aboard its 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle on June 20, July 16, and Aug. 14, with limited boarding and advanced registration needed at cbmm.org/onthewater.

ST. MICHAELS — Children and adults are invited to join Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum educators aboard buyboat Winnie Estelle for an up-close and personal exploration of the Miles River and its unique habitat and ecology.

Cruises will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 20; from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16; and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

During the ecology cruise, participants will learn how to monitor the water quality of the river, perform water testing and explore the critters on an oyster reef, all while cruising in the breeze on the museum’s buyboat.

Birders will enjoy the route, which features a route near Long Point Island, known for its eagle and osprey populations and heron rookery.

Built in 1920 by Noah T. Evans, a native Smith Islander, Winnie Estelle was used as a workboat on the lower Chesapeake for more than 50 years, carrying seafood and produce to market across the Bay. In the 1970s, it made Belize its port of call, where it operated as an island trader, carrying lumber from Honduras to Belize, and later as a charter boat for divers.

It returned to the Chesapeake Bay in 2012.

Cruises aboard Winnie Estelle are also offered to watch Miles River log canoe races on June 29 and 30, July 27 and 28, and Sept. 7, 14 and 15. For details, visit cbmm.org/onthewater.

Boarding passes for the the museum’s ecology cruises are $20, with a 20% discount for CBMM members and registration required to cbmm.org/onthewater. For more on Winnie Estelle or CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

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