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Annual dragonfly count, invasive plant weeding, and other Maryland green events

There are over 3600 species of dragonfly, 90 of which live in Maryland.
There are over 3600 species of dragonfly, 90 of which live in Maryland.
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The Habitat Team at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville seeks volunteers to remove invasive plants from the park's trails and gardens on Aug 16. The hours are 9 - 11 a.m. Participants should wear long sleeves and bring gloves and water. To learn more, call (410) 887-1815 or e-mail info@oregonridgenaturecenter.org.

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center seeks volunteers for a citizen science field day on Aug 16. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants will help the park's naturalists collect data for the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) by looking for amphibians and reptiles, photographing them, and documenting them. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. For more information, call (410) 887-1815 or e-mail info@oregonridgenaturecenter.org.

The Natural History Society of Maryland seeks volunteers for the Annual Howard County Dragonfly Count. It will be held at the Warfield Pond Park in Glenwood on Aug 16. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants will spot, count, and identify dragonflies. Volunteers should wear clothing and shoes that can get damp, and bring a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, binoculars, and field guides. To learn more, visit www.meetup.com/marylandnature/#upcoming.

The Friends of the Magruder Woods seek volunteers to help remove invasive plants from the Magruder Park in Hyattsville on Aug 16. The hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants should wear long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and work gloves, and also bring water. For more information, contact Marc Imlay at ialm@erols.com or (301) 442-5657 or Colleen Aistis at (301) 985-5057 or aistis1@verizon.net.

Blue Water Baltimore is holding Cherry Hill Chill at Cherry Hill Park on Aug 16. The hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will help water the young trees that were planted over the year, and then there will be a party with food, drink, and games. Attendees will also receive a free pass to the splash park when they can learn how to canoe or kayak. To learn more, visit www.treebaltimore.org or call (410) 254-1577.

The Rocky Gap State Park in Flintstone is offering Maryland's Invaders on Aug 16. It will run 7 - 8 p.m. Visitors will learn about the invasive plant and animal species that have appeared in Maryland. The lecture will include descriptions of the invasives, where they are found, why they are trouble, and what to do about them. Participants should meet at the Campground Amphitheatre. To learn more, contact Julia Wieners at (301) 722-1480 or jwieners@maryland.gov.

The Soldier's Delight N.E.A. in Owings Mills is offering Feathered Friends on Aug 17. It will run 12 - 1 p.m. A naturalist will describe a given bird species. Attendees should meet at the Visitors' Center. For more information, e-mail patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov or call (410) 461-5005.