Calendar

AUGUST 2020

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

PHOTO SAFARI SCAVENGER HUNT

August 1 – September 30
Natural History Society of Maryland

The Natural History Society of Maryland has created a scavenger hunt to encourage you to get out in nature while staying safe. In this Photo Safari Scavenger Hunt, there are 100 total points that participants can possibly earn. Some points will be easy to earn – others more difficult. Upon registration, you will receive the scavenger hunt list. Your time stamped photos will serve as proof of capture. Prizes will be awarded for teams and individuals.  So what are you waiting for? Grab your hat, boots, camera, and mask and GO!
Winners will be announced on October 1.
Fee: $15 for teams of up to 5 people; $5 for individuals playing solo.
More information about the Photo Safari Scavenger Hunt  and the registration link can be found here.
If you have questions, please contact the competition commissioner at bstrong@marylandnature.org.

 

owl prowl

Friday evening, August 14 – 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.  owl in a tree
Willow Grove Nature Center at Cromwell Valley Park
2175 Cromwell Bridge Rd.
Parkville, MD 21234

For Ages 8+.  Join a Naturalist to call in the flying tiger of the forest ~ the Great Horned Owl. Wear dark clothing and sturdy shoes. There is a $4 fee, and you must register in advance for this program. Please see this link for registration information and COVID-19 protocols.
More information about the Owl Prowl can be found here.

birds of a feather

Saturday, August 22 – Friday, August 28

HawkWillow Grove Nature Center at Cromwell Valley Park
2175 Cromwell Bridge Rd.
Parkville, MD 21234

Free.  This week’s events are part of the Willow Grove Nature Center’s “summer camp” program for families. Please check this website for downloaded materials for this and other classes. For Birds of a Feather, bring or borrow binoculars from the Willow Grove Nature Center, go hiking in the morning and watch and listen for birds, play our bird scavenger hunt or bird bingo and build a bird craft at home.

 

 

JULY 2020

Green towson alliance virtual meeting

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

Monday, July 20 – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

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 upcoming fall tree plantings and get updates on Towson-area zoning, development and greening issues, among other topics. This month a Boy Scout from Troop 102 will make a presentation on his Eagle Scout project and ask for our help. There will be updates from our workgroups, which include Habitat Restoration, Streams, Sewers, Radebaugh Park, Downtown Towson Greening and Homegrown National Parks.

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

 

 

JUNE 2020

green towson alliance virtual book group discussion

Thursday, June 18 – 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Zoom

“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.

We will email the link to our GTA google group for this discussion. If you don’t belong to our google group, you can  join the discussion by messaging us on our Facebook page.  We will contact you with a link for the meeting.