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Kudzu, an invasive plant from Japan, is infamous as "the vine that ate the South."
Kudzu, an invasive plant from Japan, is infamous as "the vine that ate the South."
Kudzu plants by Bubba73 (Jud McCranie) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Blue Water Baltimore and Baltimore City Recreation & Parks seek volunteers for a Canoe-N-Scoop Trash Cleanup at Middle Branch Park on Aug 9. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All canoeing, kayaking, and cleanup supplies will be provided. Volunteers should wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty and/or wet and bring water and a lunch. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. There are only 30 spaces, so registration is required. For more information, call (410) 254-1577 or visit www.bluewaterbaltimore.org.

The Department of Natural Resources seeks volunteers for a Trail Work Day at the Fair Hill NRMA in Elkton on Aug 9. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will be helping to clean and maintain the park's trails. Participants should wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring work gloves, water, trail mix, and insect repellant. To learn more, contact Steve Youngkin at syoungkin@dnr.state.md.us or (410) 398-1246.

The Maryland Sierra Club seeks volunteers to remove invasive plants from the Ruth B. Swann Park in Indian Head on Aug 9. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will also learn plant identification and have a picnic lunch. Participants should wear long sleeves and sturdy shoes or boots and bring gloves, a hat, insect repellant, water, and lunch. For more information, contact Marc Imlay at ialm@erols.com or (301) 442-5657.

The Rocky Gap State Park in Flintstone is offering Birds of Rocky Gap on August 9. It will run 7 - 8 p.m. Visitors will learn the basics of birding and which birds are likely to be in Allegany County. 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 10. 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 park-patapsco@dnr.state.md.us or call (410) 922-3044.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitors' Center in Prince George's County is offering Meet the Merkle Animals on Aug 10. It will run 2 - 3 p.m. A naturalist will talk about the animals in the Visitors' Center. Visitors will also watch reptiles get fed. To learn more, contact Karen Jarboe at (301) 888-1377 or kjarboe@dnr.state.md.us.