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Pollinator Week, Tree Hug Tuesday, and other Maryland green events

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Pollinator Week will take place from June 16 to June 22. It is an international event celebrating pollinator animals like bees, bats, butterflies, and birds -- and calling attention to the environmental problems many of these animals face. For more information, visit http://www.pollinator.org/pollinator_week_2014.htm or www.fws.gov/pollinators.

The Herrington Manor State Park in Oakland is offering a hike into Cranesville Swamp on June 16. It would take place 10 - 11:30 a.m. Hikers would learn about the different species that live in the swamp, what a frost pocket is, and how a swamp regulates water during floods. The hike itself is free, but there are park entry fees: $3.00 for Marylanders and $5.00 for out-of-state visitors. To learn more, contact Chris Hull at chull@dnr.state.md.us or (301) 334-9180.

Baltimore Green Space and Blue Water Baltimore seek volunteers for Tree Hug Tuesday on June 17. The hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Every Tuesday, participants mulch, stake, and prune newly planted trees in Baltimore city and Baltimore County. BWB provides all the equipment and work gloves. Volunteers should bring water and wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty. To learn more, contact Debra Lenik at volunteer@bluewaterbaltimore.org or (856) 275-7478.

There will be a Pollinator Workshop at Dawson's Market in Rockville on June 18. It will run 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Alison Gillespie will educate people on the importance of honeybees and other pollinators. There will be a honey tasting and an observation hive. Registration is required. To learn more, call (240) 428-1386.

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