Speaker Series

The John Wright Speaker Series is an adult environmental education program open to all who wish to expand their knowledge. Speakers present on a variety of topics from bees to beavers, oyster restoration to recycling, and everything between. For more information on John Wright, click HERE.

Why Bees Are Nature’s Best Pollinators!

Published: July 27, 2021

There’s a reason why we have the expression, “busy bee!” Would you like to lean why bees are always doing their pollinating thing? Master Beekeeper, Timothy McMahon, with the Montgomery County Beekeepers Association explains the joys of creating gardens that attracted nature’s best pollinators – bees! Video: Hissong Productions

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Beaver – Coexisting With A Resourceful Resident

Published: May 25, 2021

Rachel Ortt, Eco-credits Market Coordinator with Ecotone, Inc. talks about the many ways beaver help protect a waterway like the Severn River by creating wetlands that capture stormwater runoff and help filter out pollutants. Video: Hissong Productions

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Hiking The Severn … and Beyond

Published: April 27, 2021

Join Jeff Holland, Riverkeeper, writer, author, songwriter, naturalist and poet, as he shares his favorite hiking trails along the waterways of the Severn River and greater Anne Arundel County. Video: Hissong Productions

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Where’s The Greenbury Light?

Published: March 18, 2021

Take a trip back in time for an eye-opening presentation on the history of lighthouses in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. Our speaker is Bob Stevenson, Education Coordinator Chesapeake Chapter, United States Lighthouse Society. His presentation: Annapolis Lighthouses: Lost Treasures in a Changing Region. SRA’s John Wright Speaker Series is hosted by Bryan Gomes. Bryan […]

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Annual Membership Meeting – 9.3.20

Published: October 12, 2020

Annual membership meeting of the Severn River Association – Sept. 3, 2020. The meeting features updates on active SRA programs, a keynote address by State. Sen. Ed Reilly, presentation of our Blue and Green Heron Awards, and introduction of President Erik Kreifeldt. Video Production: Hissong Productions.

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The 2019 State Of The Severn

Published: May 13, 2020

During this presentation of the 2019 State Of The Severn, SRA Executive Director, Tom Guay, details the good and the bad news. We enjoyed good swimming, some great clarity and a huge rebound of underwater grasses. We also had a persistent dead zone and poor conditions inside most of our creeks. Special thanks to the […]

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A Planet of 3 Billion – Christopher Tucker

Published: March 26, 2020

Businessman, Social Entrepreneur, and Author Christopher Tucker speaks about his latest book, “A Planet of 3 Billion”, and how the world can find a sustainable balance of population. Presented at the Severn River Association’s John Wright Speaker Series at Union Jack’s in Annapolis, Maryland on February 18, 2020. Video courtesy of Jack Turner.

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Oyster Farming In St. Jerome’s Creek

Published: December 20, 2019

Patrick Hudson explains how his company, True Chesapeake Oyster Co., used oyster farming to restore the bivalve in St. Jerome’s Creek. Video: Brian Hissong

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Oyster Restoration Update

Published: December 19, 2019

SRA’s Water Quality Monitoring team tracks the rise & fall of salinity and oxygen levels on four oyster restoration reefs. Presentation by SRA’s Program Officer, Tom Guay Video: Brian Hissong

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Enjoy The Severn River – Standing Up!

Published: October 29, 2019

What better way to enjoy the Severn than to get close, on a standup paddle board, for sunrises, yogo and even yappy hour! Capital SUP co-founder Kevin Haigis tells his company’s story, the beginning, their commitment to safety, kids and clean water! Video: Brian Hissong

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