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Green Festival, restoration projects, and other Maryland green events

Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards or hover.
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards or hover.
Photo by Gszrir (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Green Festival takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on May 31 and June 1. The hours on both days are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be speakers, vegetarian and vegan cooking demos, live music, and a marketplace of over 300 eco-friendly businesses. For more information, visit http://greenfestivals.org/wdc.

The Pickering Creek Audubon Center seeks volunteers to help in the restoration of the salt marshes at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on May 31. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants will work on planting and then have lunch. After lunch, there will be a field trip. Lunch will be provided, and volunteers should wear clothes and shoes that can get muddy. To learn more, call (410) 822-4903.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is offering a Bay Discovery Canoe Trip on May 31. The trip is four hours long and will launch from the Skipton Landing Boat Ramp in Wye Mills at 10 a.m. The CBF will provide the canoes and all related equipment. Participants should bring a lunch. Children must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by an adult. Experience is not necessary. The trip costs $10.00 for CBF members and $15.00 for non-members. To learn more e-mail discovery@cbf.org or call (443) 482-2120.

The Maryland Sierra Club seeks volunteers for a restoration project at the Little Paint Branch Park in Beltsville on May 31. The hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The park boasts many native plants. Participants should wear long sleeves, and bring food and water. Gloves and tools will be provided. For more information, contact Marc Imlay at (301) 283-0808 or ialm@erols.com.

The Irvine Nature Center is holding BioBlitz Your Backyard on May 31. The hours are 1 - 3:30 p.m. Attendees will learn how to search for organisms at their own homes and use citizen scientist programs like iNaturalist. Recommended for ages 8 and up. The BioBlitz is free for members but costs $10 for non-members. Registration is recommended. For more information, contact Clare Naldrett at (443) 738-9220.

The Herring Run Nursery in Baltimore is having a sale on May 31. The hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The nursery offers nearly 150 species of native trees and bushes and almost 100 species of native flowers and grasses. Mulch and gardening books will also be available. For more information, contact Vince Vizachero at nursery@bluewaterbaltimore.org or (443) 682-1331.

There will be a hearing on the proposed natural gas export facility at Cove Point on May 31. It will be held at the Patuxent High School in Lusby 1 - 6 p.m. The hearing is the only public meeting planned by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). To learn more, call Jon Kenney at (240) 396-1985.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center is holding The Hungry Hummingbird on May 31. It will run 2 - 3 p.m. A naturalist will tell visitors about humming birds, their habitat, and how to attract them to one's garden. For more information, contact Karen Jarboe at kjarboe@dnr.md.state.us or (301) 888-1377.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Avalon Foundation present the Clean Water Concert Series on May 31. The band Three Penny Opera will be playing at Harrison Street in Easton 6 - 9 p.m. The group will perform songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. There will also be displays and activities by local conservation groups. To learn more, e-mail chesapeake@cbf.org or call (410) 543-1999.

The Herring Run Nursery in Baltimore is having a sale on June 1. The hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The nursery offers nearly 150 species of native trees and bushes and almost 100 species of native flowers and grasses. Mulch and gardening books will also be available. For more information, contact Vince Vizachero at nursery@bluewaterbaltimore.org or (443) 682-1331.