Calendar

NOVEMBER 2020

Due to the coronavirus, most live, in-person events have been cancelled or modified. Please see individual events for more information.

Dino Tracks and the MAglev

Wednesday, November 4 – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. via Zoom
Natural History Society of Maryland

A child's hand inside the ancient track of a T-RexJoin the Natural History Society of Maryland’s Fossil Club as it explores dinosaur tracks and other fossils that can be found in the proposed track of the MAGLEV train project that is proposed to be built between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The NHSM Fossil Club has been asked to make site visits to document these fossils. If you are a fossil enthusiast, you are invited to join this club. This presentation will be free to club members, and there is a $5 suggested donation for non-members. You must register in advance to receive the Zoom meeting information.
More information and registration can be found here.

saturday morning bird walks

Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.  Hawk
Cromwell Valley Park
2175 Cromwell Bridge Rd
Parkville, MD 21234

Dust off your binoculars & put on those hiking shoes to enjoy one of the PREMIERE MIGRATION SITES ON THE EAST COAST. Registration is required for each session and walks are limited to 10 participants. Meet at the Willow Grove parking lot. COVID WAIVERS MUST BE SIGNED TO BE ADMITTED TO PROGRAM
This event is free. All participants over age 14 must pre-register here. More information about the walks can be found here.

pollinator gardening: designing sustainable habitats

Saturday, November 14 – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Blue Water Baltimore and the Asian Arts and Culture Center of Towson University

Caterpillars in a native garden.Join Blue Water Baltimore and speaker Phaan Howng to learn how you can help restore habitats for struggling pollinators by strategically planting native plants. Discover the how and why of pollinator gardening and its connection to watershed health. Learn how to design your own pollinator garden and digitally share your design with other workshop participants.
This virtual event includes a free presentation, and then an interactive workshop for which there is a $10 – $15 fee.
Information about this program and registration can be found here.

tree planting in west towson and southland hills

Wednesday, November 18 – 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m. students posing with tree closeup in Towson MD
Meet at 9 Florida Rd, Towson 21204

Join your neighbors and help our planet by planting native shade and understory trees in these Towson neighborhoods. Green Towson Alliance is partnering with Blue Water Baltimore for this neighborhood tree planting. COVID precautions will be taken: small groups, social distancing, and masks are required.Wear gloves and bring your own tools, if you have them. It’s always a good idea to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. Please register all participants here.

 

tree planting in stoneleigh

Monday, November 19 – 12 noon – 3:00 p.m.
tree planting in towsonGreen Towson Alliance is partnering with Blue Water Baltimore to plant native street trees in this neighborhood. Because of COVID, masks must be worn, and planting will take place in small groups. You may need a car to drive from one planting spot to another. Wear garden gloves and bring your own tools, if you have them. We are hoping to expand this tree planting to other Towson neighborhoods, including Rodgers Forge, Wiltondale, and Aigburth Manor.
Register for this tree planting event here.

 

Green towson alliance virtual meeting

GTA Volunteers planting trees in Towson
Volunteers working with Blue Water Baltimore to plant trees in Towson.

Monday, November 16 – 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Zoom

Regular bi-monthly meeting of the Green Towson Alliance. You don’t have to be a member of GTA to join this
meeting, which will be held via Zoom. We’ll discuss our fall tree plantings and stream clean-ups,  and get updates on Towson-area zoning, development and greening issues, among other topics. There will be updates from our workgroups, which include Habitat Restoration, Streams, Sewers, Radebaugh Park, Downtown Towson Greening and Homegrown National Parks. The link for this Zoom meeting will be send out to the google group; please Message us on our Facebook page if you want the link, but are not on on our googlegroup list.

Herring Run stream clean up April 2017
Volunteers after cleaning trash from a stream in Towson.

 

 

native americans of america

Saturday, November 21 – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Lake Roland Nature Center
1000 Lakeside Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21210

What was life like for the aboriginal people of Maryland? Find out what they ate, where they lived, and how they understood the environment. This event is for ages 7 and up; $3 fee for members, $5 fee for non-members.
You must register in advance by emailing Lake Roland Nature Center at lakerol-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov
*Please include each participants name, age of children and contact phone number*

green towson alliance virtual book group discussion

This Zoom event was held in June.

“Nature’s Best Hope” is the latest book by the UDel entomologist Doug Tallamy, who was one of the first people to realize that nearly all American insects can digest only American plants that they have co-evolved with for thousands of years. This was an incredibly significant insight because nearly all birds depend on insects – specifically caterpillars – to feed their young. If there are no caterpillars or insects, there will soon be no baby birds in our backyards and neighborhoods, and no baby birds bodes for a very bad future. “Nature’s Best Hope” is extremely thoughtful and full of the history of how Americans conceive of “nature” – that Nature is something that we should enjoy in a park setting, but which we have historically seen as something we must suppress or fight in order to survive. This, of course, is a very old and outdated paradigm, and it’s well past time for a change. Tallamy’s book has specific advice on how to cut back  the lawn and join with our neighbors to create what Tallamy calls a “Homegrown National Park”, a unique approach to rebuilding the natural world on the land we have some control over – our own private properties. If we work with our neighbors and each plant our landscapes to encourage insects, birds, pollinators and wildlife, we have a chance to restore our country’s great woodlands and prairies.