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Bald eagles, a canoe trip, and other Maryland green events

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The Pocomoke River State Park is holding a talk on bald eagles, our country's national symbol on July 5. A naturalist will introduce visitors to bald eagles and other birds of prey. The event will be held at the Shad Landing Camp Store 2 - 3 p.m. Admission costs $3.00. For more information, contact Kirby Brown at kbrown@dnr.state.md.us or (410) 632-2566.

The Martinak State Park in Caroline County is offering a guided canoe trip of Watts Creek on July 5. It will take place 6 - 7:30 p.m. Park staff will show visitors the wonders of the creek. Canoeists will meet at the Nature Center. Registration is required. Admission cost $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for 14 and under. For more information, contact Jessica Conley at park-tuckahoe@dnr.state.md.us or (410) 820-1668.

Soldier's Delight in Owings Mills is holding "Feathered Friends" on July 6. It will run 12 - 1 p.m. A naturalist will give a talk about a specific bird every Sunday in June at the Visitors' Center. To learn more, call (410) 461-5005.

The Gunpowder Falls State Park is holding an open house at the renovated Sparks Nature Center on July 6. The hours are 1 - 4 p.m. There will be activities, crafts and a 2 p.m. "creature feature" with a Ranger. For more information, contact Sarah Witcher at sarah.witcher@maryland.gov or (410) 592-2897.

The Patapsco Valley State Park in Catonsville is offering a hike on July 6. The hours are 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. A naturalist/historical interpreter will guide visitors along a scenic trail that includes views of the Patapsco River Valley and the Bloede Dam. Participants should dress for a hike and bring water and snacks. For ages 12 and up. Registration is required. To learn more, contact Max Buffington at (443) 255-0846 or mbuffington@dnr.state.md.us.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitors' Center in Prince George's County will be offering Meet the Merkle Animals on July 6. Visitors will have the chance to see some of the animals that live at the sanctuary from 2 to 3 p.m. A naturalist will be available for a "critter chat" and vistors may watch some of the reptiles get fed. To learn more, contact Karen Jarboe at kjarboe@dnr.state.md.us or (301) 888-1377.

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