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Butterfly hike, bird habitat volunteering, and other Maryland green events

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The Patterson Park Audubon Center seeks volunteers to help the Habitat Team work in the bird habitat gardens on Aug 2. The hours are 9 - 10:30 a.m. Tools, gloves, and water will be provided. Volunteers should meet at the pollinator garden on the western edge of the Boat Lake. To learn more, e-mail or call (410) 558-2473.

The Point Lookout State Park in St. Mary's County is holding a lighthouse open house on Aug 2. The hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Docents from the Point Lookout Lighthouse Preservation Society will answer visitors' questions. Admission to the park is $5.00 for a Maryland resident and $7.00 for an out-of-state resident. For more information, contact Ranger Jonas Williams at or (301) 872-5688.

The Cedarville State Forest in Brandywine is offering a class, Slitherin' Snakes! on Aug 2. It will run 7 - 8 p.m. A park naturalist will discuss snakes and the myths surrounding them. Admission is $3.00 per car. For more information, contact Karen Jarboe at or (301) 888-1377.

The Soldier's Delight N.E.A. in Owings Mills is offering Feathers in Focus on Aug 3. It will run 9 -11 a.m. A naturalist will describe the various birds of prey in the area. Visitors will be able to take pictures of some of them. Attendees should meet at the Visitors' Center. Admission costs $20.00 a person and registration is required. For more information, e-mail or call (410) 922-3044.

The Calvert Cliffs State Park is offering Critters of the Chesapeake on Aug 3. It will run 2 - 3 p.m. A naturalist will teach visitors about the various marine organisms in the Bay and then how to seine for them. Participants will have to hike to the location and should thus wear comfortable and sturdy shoes. Visitors should also bring water, bug repellant, sunscreen, and a hat. Admission is $5.00 per car. To learn more, contact Karen Jarboe at or (301) 888-1377.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitors' Center in Prince George's County is holding a Monarchs and Milkweed Walk on Aug 3. It will run 2 - 3 p.m. Visitors will learn about the monarch butterfly's migration and the park's establishment of "Monarch Waystations" full of milkweed and nectar-rich plants for them. A naturalist will point various patches that are home to caterpillars and adult monarchs. To learn more, contact Karen Jarboe at or (301) 888-1377.