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SEPTEMBER 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

Through 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.

 

friday strolls at lake roland

A trail at Lake Roland.Friday mornings 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Lake Roland Nature Center
1000 Lake Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21210

Free, for adults.  Join us for some exercise on Friday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 while enjoying the sights and sounds of Lake Roland. The terrain is varied but mostly flat with some hills. Hiking boots are recommended. Please bring water with you.
To register please email lakerol-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov.  Please include each participants names and an email address for updates on cancellations due to extreme weather conditions.

saturday morning bird walks at cromwell valley

Saturdays from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Willow Grove Nature Center at Cromwell Valley ParkMigrating bird
2175 Cromwell Bridge Rd.
Parkville, MD 21234

Free; limited to 10 participants.  Songbird migration will be in full swing & we will be watching the skies for migrating hawks, as well. Dust off your binoculars & put on those hiking shoes to enjoy one of the PREMIERE MIGRATION SITES ON THE EAST COAST.
More information and registration link is here.

 

intro to maryland fossils and fossil hunting

Marine fossilsThursday, September 17 – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Online Zoom event hosted by the Natural History Society of Maryland.

What is a fossil? How do they form? How can you find your own? All these questions and more will be answered in this brief introduction to Maryland’s rich fossil record by avid fossil hunter Mason Hintermeister. Q and A Session will follow presentation.

The suggested donation for this event is $5. NHSM understands that the pandemic has adversely impacted many. It shouldn’t impact access to education. Therefore, a free option is also available.

More information and registration here.

Green towson alliance virtual meeting

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

Monday, September 21 – 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 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.

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

 

 

FALL NATIVE PLANT FESTFall Native Plant Fest

Saturday, September 26 – 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
1223 River Bay Rd,
Annapolis, MD 21309

A chance to purchase some great native plants for your yard.

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.