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Green jobs conference, film festival, and other Maryland green events

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The Maryland Native Plant Society and the Natural History Society of Maryland are holding a plant identification lab at the Maryland Naturalist Center in Baltimore on Feb 10. The hours are 7 - 9 p.m. Participants will learn how to identify plants using plant keys, microscopes, hand lenses, and reference collections from the Natural History Society of Maryland. To learn more, visit www.meetup.com/marylandnature.

The Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference will be held in Washington, DC, on Feb 10 and 11. This year's main theme will be infrastructure: communications, power supply, roads, water supply, etc. Many of these systems need to be repaired and/or upgraded to make them more environmentally friendly. Said repairs and upgrades will also provide jobs. Registration is required and costs $225.00 per person. To learn more, e-mail jenb@bluegreenalliance.org or visit www.greenjobsconference.org.

The International Uranium Film Festival will be held at the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC, from Feb 10 to 12. The films all depict the problems associated with nuclear power. At the end of each screening, there will be a panel discussion with policy experts and filmmakers. To learn more, contact Diane D'Arrigo at dianed@nirs.org.

The 20th Annual Environmental Summit will take place at the Miller Senate Building in Annapolis on Feb 11. (It had originally been scheduled for Jan 21, but was postponed due to snow.) Its hours are 5:30 - 7 p.m. Participants will discuss environmental priorities for legislation. To learn more, call (410) 268-8816 or e-mail chesapeake@cbf.org.

There will be an urban bird watching walk held at the Patterson Park Audubon Center on Feb 14. It will run from 8 - 9:30 a.m. About 190 bird species visit the park throughout the year, so visitors will be looking for those present during the winter. People needing binoculars should e-mail a request to the park. For more information, e-mail ppaudubon@gmail.org or call (410) 558-2473.

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