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Protesters, chimney swift survey, and other Maryland green events

The chimney swift is a migratory bird that spends its winters in South America.
Chimney swifts by Richard Crossley (Richard Crossley) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Maryland Native Plant Society will present "Highlights of the Maryland Botanical Heritage Work Group Report" on April 29 at the Kensington Library. It will start at 7:30 p.m. The President of the MNPS, Kirsten Johnson, will describe the results of a study of Maryland's native plants. In 2013, the Work Group began a study to determine the conservation status and needs of native planrs, threats to native plants, and recommendations on how to protect them. To learn more, e-mail info@MDFlora.org or visit www.mdflora.org.

Adkins Arboretum is offering a Wave Hill and New York Botanical Garden trip on April 30. The hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wave Hill is public garden and cultural center in the Bronx, while the New York Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark with 250 acres that include waterfalls, ponds, an old-growth forest, and a native plant garden. Transportation will be a bus with a restroom. The trip costs $115.00 for members and $140.00 for non-members. To learn more, contact Ginna Tiernan at gtiernan@adkinsarboretum.org or call (410) 634-2847 ext 0.

The Maryland Natural History Society seeks volunteers for Swift Night Out on May 1 at the Maryland Naturalist Center in Baltimore. It will run from 7:45 - 8:30 p.m. Swift Night Out is a national monitoring program designed to estimate range wide populations of the chimney swift, which are migrating back from South America. Participants should bring binoculars if they have them. Swift Night Out will be cancelled if it's raining. Registration is required. To learn more, visit www.meetup.com/marylandnature.

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network seeks volunteers to show support for protesters in Minisink, New York, who are fighting against a gas compressor station built by Millennium Pipeline. If they win, they will be the first activists to have had a new compressor station decommissioned and removed. The Minisink cases could have ramifications for protests against new gas infrastructure, including Myersville, Maryland, which is fighting against a gas compressor station. The protest will be held on May 1 at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. It will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. To learn more, contact Ted Glick at ted@chesapeakeclimate.org.

The Maryland Natural History Society seeks volunteers for collecting and pressing plants at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture on May 2. The hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants will be collecting plant specimens and pressing them so they can be identified and added to a plant inventory at the Agriculture Center. It is part of a project to inventory the plant species growing in Baltimore County. Volunteers should dress for the weather and for walking two miles through mixed terrain. Participants should bring lunch, water, sunscreen, and insect repellent. May 5 will be the rain date. Registration is required and the event costs $5.00. To learn more, visit www.meetup.com/marylandnature.