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February 2017
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Skunk Cabbage Swamp Stomp

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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February is the month to look for Skunk Cabbage. It blooms early (before we even think it’s spring) and can melt snow/ice to do it! Yes – it smells like carrion but it’s not poisonous. The purple and green of skunk cabbage is a welcome change from the browns and grays of winter stream banks and swampy areas. We’ll start with an short introduction, then venture out to the spring of the East Branch to inspect the skunk cabbages. Dress…

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Nature Tales: Preschool Stories and Craft

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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with Julie Pallozzi

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Recycling Saves!

February 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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with Gina Bonomo, Howard County Recycling Division. A fun and interactive look at how much we save when we recycle! By reducing, reusing, and recycling, Howard County saves money, energy, and our planet. Join us as we learn about the different types of material that we can recycle curbside and beyond. The session will also include sorting game and a kid friendly craft that promotes recycling and saving! Gina Bonomo is the newest addition to Howard County’s Recycling Division. As…

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Night Owls

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Owls occupy a unique place in human societies and culture.  They are both feared and revered.  Occupiers of the night they are mysterious and usually difficult to find.  From the nearly ubiquitous Great Horned and Eastern Screech Owl to the rare Short-eared Owl, Maryland is blessed with seven species of breeding owls.  Come learn about Maryland's owls from one of the Free State's experts on owls.  This presentation will explore the complex relationships between owls and humans, introduce our local…

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March 2017
Free

Birding by Ear

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Did you know that each species of bird has calls and songs that are unique? …that we often hear a bird before we see it? …that a few birds can only be identified by their calls and songs? …that some birds imitate the calls and songs of other birds? Identifying birds by their calls and songs is fun and easy. Join Naturalist Woody Merkle and members of the Howard County Bird Club for an introduction to learning the calls and…

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