Fort McHenry is not only an important site for our nation’s history as the birthplace of our National Anthem, but also as the host of some of the National Aquarium’s most important conservation work in Baltimore. Over the past 15 years, Aquarium staff and volunteers have joined community volunteers at National Aquarium Fort McHenry Field Days to care for the National Monument and Historic Shrine and to keep it a happy, healthy habitat for all of its native animals.
As of January 2014, almost 630,000 pieces of debris have been removed from the wetland as part. In addition to cleaning up marine debris, volunteers remove harmful invasive plant species; do trail upkeep and light construction; maintain butterfly and rain gardens; and plant native flowers and trees.
The Aquarium works to record and classify the amount and types of debris collected during Field Days. This data is used by the Aquarium and Waterfront Partnership to evaluate the ecosystem’s wellbeing and how debris can change over time due to consumer trends as part of their Healthy Harbor initiative.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
2400 E Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230