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Canoe trip, moss workshop, and other Maryland green events

The Baltimore Checkespot is Maryland's state insect.
The Baltimore Checkespot is Maryland's state insect.
By D. Gordon E. Robertson (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

The Patterson Park Audubon Center is offering an urban bird watching walk on Aug 30. It will run 8 - 9:30 a.m. 200 bird species have visited the park and this is a good time to check out the summer residents and early fall migrants. The park staff can lend visitors binoculars -- but they need to be notified by e-mail first. Visitors should meet at the fountain in the northwest corner. To learn more, call (410) 558-2473 or e-mail

The Natural History Society of Maryland is holding a moss workshop at the Banneker Historical Park & Museum in Catonsville on Aug 30. It will start at 10 a.m. Participants will help identify mosses and learn moss identification techniques. The Society will have moss keys available. Admission costs $10.00. For more information, visit

The Maryland Native Plant Society, the Sierra Club, and the Anacostia Watershed Society seek volunteers to remove invasive plants from the Little Paint Branch Park in Beltsville on Aug 30. The hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The park is home to numerous native plants including American Holly, elderberry, goldenrod, and cinnamon fern. Participants will also learn the park's natural history and how to identify plants. For more information, contact Marc Imlay at or (301) 442-5657.

The Martinak State Park in Denton is offering a guided canoe trip up Watts Creek on Aug 30. It will run 6 - 7:30 p.m. Park staff will guide participants, who will meet at the Nature Center. The trip costs $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for children 14 and under. Registration is required. To learn more, contact Jessica Conley at or (410) 820-1668.

The Pocomoke River State Park in Worcester will be holding The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on Aug 30. It will run 7 - 8:30 p.m. Visitors will learn about local reptiles and birds of prey and their role in nature. For more information, contact Kirby Brown at or (410) 632-2566.

The Soldiers Delight N.E.A. in Owings Mills is holding a butterflies slide show and hike on Aug 31. The hours are 1 - 4 p.m. A butterfly expert will present a slide show, and then visitors will hike through the serpentine barrens, a rare ecosystem, looking for butterflies. Close focused binoculars are recommended. The hike will be cancelled if it's raining or overcast, but the slideshow will still be held. Registration is not required and participants should meet at the Visitor Center. For more information, call (443) 778-4973 (weekdays 9am-6pm) or (410) 997-7439 (after 7:30pm).

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