Health of Coastal Habitats and Your Own Backyard Explored at 2006 Visions for Total Health Conference
Environmental health, one of three tracts of the 2006 Visions for Total
Health Conference to be held on Saturday, August 26 at the Roland E Powell
Convention Center in Ocean City, will include two break-out sessions by
David Wilson, Outreach Coordinator of Maryland Coastal Bays, as well as
a presentation on “Birds of Worcester County.”
One of the Coastal Bays sessions, titled “Your Bays, Your Health,”
will focus on the environmental conditions of Maryland’s Coastal
Bays and how their status affects human health. Wilson will discuss the
nutrients found in our area waters, as well as the effects of chemicals
and development on these habitats and the resulting quality of life for people.
In “The Environmentally Responsible Homeowner,” Wilson will
discuss common household chemicals that are dangerous to your health and
offer safe alternatives. He will also talk about how to be an environmentally
friendly homeowner regarding energy and water conservation, the use of
pesticides and herbicides on our lawns and gardens, and recycling.
In addition to the Coastal Bays presentations, Larry and Jean Fry, both
former educators in the Harford County Schools who have been avid birdwatchers
for more than twenty-five years, will provide a breakout session on “Birds
of Worcester County.” The presentation will include an overview
of the resident and migratory bird populations in the area as well as
a brief discussion of the environmental factors that are contributing
to a decline in their numbers.
Those planning to attend the conference must pre-register for the event
by calling 410-641-9479. For more information about event speakers, screenings
and demonstrations, please contact Leila McCann, Visions for Total Health
Coordinator, at 410-641-9268.