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Awards event, habitat survey, and other Maryland green events

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The Natural History Society of Maryland is holding a plant lab on June 9. It will be held at the Maryland Naturalist Center in Baltimore 7 - 9 p.m. Participants will help identify plant specimens and learn to use plant keys, microscopes, hand lenses, and reference collections. There will be another lab held on June 23. Members pay $15.00 for both sessions, while people planning to attend only one session pay $10.00. To learn more, visit www.meetup.com/marylandnature.

Bethesda Green and the Maryland Green Registry are holding the 5th Annual Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards Event on June 11 at the Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase. The hours are 5 - 8 p.m. There will be an awards ceremony, networking, and refreshments. For more information, e-mail info@bethesdagreen.org or call (240) 396-2440.

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) seeks volunteers to help clean up part of Solomons Island Road in southern Anne Arundel County on June 12. It will run 10 - 11:30 a.m. There will be lunch afterwards at Honey's Harvest Market and Deli. Registration is required. To learn more, contact Wendy Stringfellow at wstringfellow@dnr.state.md.us or (410) 514-7905.

The Sierra Club is holding a talk, "Corruption, War, and Timber: First-Hand Accounts of Illegal Logging in Liberia and Peru," on June 12. It will be held at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, and it will start at 6 p.m. The speakers will describe the impact of illegal logging on the environment and what can be done to stop it. To learn more, visit http://maryland2.sierraclub.org/pages/sierra-club-events-calendar.

The Patterson Park Audubon Center is offering an urban bird watching walk on June 13. It will take place 8 - 9:30 a.m. Over 190 species of birds have visited the park throughout the year, and migration is the best time to spot them. For more information or to request binoculars, e-mail ppaudubon@gmail.com or call (410) 558-2473.

The Maryland Native Plant Society and other organizations seek volunteers to conduct a habitat survey at the Flag Ponds Nature Park in Lusby on June 13. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will help identify plants, record data, take pictures, and make maps. Surveys will continue throughout spring and summer until July. Volunteers should bring lunch and a water bottle. Field guides, binoculars, and hand-lenses are optional. For more information, contact the Calvert County Natural Resources Division at CypressSwamp@co.cal.md.us or 410-535-5327.

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