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MARA field day, kayak trip, and other Maryland green events

The hellbender is the largest salamander in Maryland and can be over two feet long.
The hellbender is the largest salamander in Maryland and can be over two feet long.
Photo by Brian Gratwicke (Hellbender Cryptobranchus) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The Patterson Park Audubon Center is offering an urban bird watching walk on July 26. 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. 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 Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville seeks volunteers for a citizen science field day on July 26. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants will help the park's naturalists collect data for the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) by looking for amphibians and reptiles, photographing them, and documenting them. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. For more information, call (410) 887-1815 or e-mail

The Patapsco Valley State Park in Catonsville is offering a morning bird walk on July 26. It will run 9 - 10:30 a.m. The Patapsco River Valley is home to nearly 200 bird species, and the walk is aimed for beginning bird watchers. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring water and binoculars. To learn more, e-mail or call (410) 461-5005.

The Sierra Club seeks volunteers to remove invasive plants from the Little Paint Branch Park in Prince George's County on July 26. The hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gloves and tools will be provided. Volunteers should wear long sleeves and bring water. The park has restroom facilities and a picnic area for lunch. For more information, contact Marc Imlay at or (301) 283-0808.

The Natural History Society of Maryland is offering a sunset canoe trip at the Dundee Creek Marina in Baltimore on July 26. The hours are 6 - 9 p.m. The Society will provide the canoes, paddles, and adult-sized life jackets, plus some basic paddling lessons at the beginning of the trip. Participants should wear shoes that can get wet, and bring a windbreaker, bug repellent, and water. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The trip costs $25.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members. Registration is required. To learn more, visit

The Sierra Club is offering a kayak trip at the Mattawoman Creek Wildlands on July 27 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Federal Wilderness Act. The hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will meet at Up the Creek Kayak Rental in Indian Head. A carpool is available. Kayakers should bring water and a lunch. Registration is required. For more information, e-mail or call 301-277-7111.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitors' Center in Prince George's County seeks volunteers for a meadow monitoring project on July 27. It's a citizen scientist initiative that will take place 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 - 3 p.m. Participants will work with a naturalist to find and identify animals like butterflies, birds, groundhogs, and foxes. To learn more, contact Karen Jarboe at or (301) 888-1377.

The Soldier's Delight N.E.A. in Owings Mills is offering Feathered Friends on July 27. It will run 12 - 1 p.m. A naturalist will describe a bird species. Attendees should meet at the Visitors' Center. For more information, e-mail or call (410) 922-3044.

The Calvert Cliffs State Park in Calvert County is offering a wetland hike on July 27. The hours are 2 - 4 p.m. A naturalist will guide hikers along a trail to observe such animals as fish, birds, beavers, turtles, and frogs. Admission costs $5.00 per car. To learn more, contact Karen Jarboe at (301) 888-1377 or

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