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The Maryland Sierra Club seeks volunteers for the Serpentine Restoration project at the Robert E. Lee Park in Baltimore on Feb 22 and 23. Both days have a morning shift 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and an afternoon shift of 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The serpentine area in the park is a rare grassland plant and animal community that is being overrun by Virginia Pines. If this goes on, the grassland will become a forest, with the loss of many plants and animals, including a number of rare species. Volunteers will cut limbs from the felled trees and move them to the shredder, and will also move the main trunks onto the trailer for removal. To learn more, contact Dwight Johnson at dwightmjohnson@comcast.net or (410) 366-7239 or (551) 486-8518 (cell).

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center is holding a Maple Sugaring Weekend on Feb 22 and 23. The hours on both days are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will learn how maple syrup is made. There will also be a hike to the sugar bush to tap a tree for sap. To learn more, e-mail info@oregornridgenaturecenter.org or call (410) 887-1815.

There will be a talk about the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas at the Benjamin Banneker Museum in Catonsville on Feb 22. It will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Atlas is a five-year long project that began in 2010. The talk will cover the importance of the Atlas, the discovery of 20 non-native species within Maryland, and methodology. Registration is required and can be done at www.patapscoheritagegreenway/eventcal.html. For more information, contact Sue Muller at smuller@howardcountymd.gov or (301) 498-8462.

The Irvine Nature Center is holding Maple Magic on Feb 22 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. A naturalist will teach participants how to identify maple trees, correctly tap into a tree to collect the sap, and then make syrup out of the sap. Maple Magic is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free for members, and $10.00 for non-members. Registration is recommended. To learn more, call (443) 738-9220.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary in Prince George's County will be offering a talk, "The Plight of Maryland Bats," on Feb 22. It will be held at the visitors' center from 2 - 3 p.m. Participants will also learn how to build a bat box. Admission is $8.00. To learn more, contact Karen Jarboe at kjarboe@dnr.state.md.us or (301) 888-1377.

The Baltimore Green Forum is holding a talk, "Haven't You Heard that You Are What You Breathe?" on Feb 23 at the Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson. It will run from 4 - 5:30 p.m. The talk will be about indoor air quality from an environmental perspective. To learn more, call (410) 554-0006 or e-mail baltimoregreenforum@gmail.com.

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