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Polar Bear Plunge, bald eagle watch, and other Maryland green events

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The Carroll County Forestry Board and University of Maryland Extension Office of Carroll County are offering a workshop, "Oh Deer! Dealing with Deer in Your Woodlands and Around Your Home," on Jan 25 at the Community Media Center in Westminster. The hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will learn how invasive plants, habitat fragmentation, and deer overpopulation damage woodlands. Speakers will also describe ways to manage deer. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Admission costs $30.00 per person and $50.00 for couples. To learn more, contact Donna Davis at dldavis@dnr.state.md.us or (410) 848-9290.

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is sponsoring the 9th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at National Harbor on Jan 25. The hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the fundraiser, people (briefly) hump into the icy Potomac River. People wanting to do so must raise money from their sponsors. The money will go to combat climate change and encourage the use of clean energy. To learn more, contact Ted Glick at ted@chesapeakeclimate.org or (240) 396-2155.

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville is holding weekend animal encounters on Jan 25 and 26 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on both days. Visitors will join a naturalist for an animal and an activity. The latter may be a story, craft, or hike. To learn more, e-mail info@oregonridgenaturecenter.org.

The Pocomoke River State Park is holding a bald eagle watch on Jan 25. The hours are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The program includes a Scales and Tales live animal show, a watching station, a hike in the park to see eagles, and an optional boat tour with the Pocomoke Canoe Company. A naturalist will guide visitors in the Milburn Landing Area of the park and talk about bald eagles and bald cypress. Admission costs $10.00, but the boat ride costs $20.00 extra. To learn more, contact Angela Pease at (410) 632-2566 or apease@dnr.state.md.us.

The Baltimore Green Forum will offer a talk, "TimeBanking, Alternative Currencies, Worker Cooperatives and the Emerging New Economy" on Jan 26 at the Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson. It will run from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. To learn more, e-mail baltimoregreenforum@gmail.com or call (410) 554-0006.

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