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The Best of Fest, Youth Birding League, and other Maryland green events

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The Youth Birding League will meet at the Irvine Nature Center on Feb 1. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Naturalists will teach youngsters how to identify birds, build birdhouses, and work as a team. The League is for youngsters between 10 and 15. Registration is required. Admission costs $10.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members. To learn more, call (443) 738-9220.

The Maryland Sierra Club seeks volunteers to conduct a plastic bag survey at 58 grocery stores in Montgomery County on Feb 1 and Feb 2. The volunteers will count the number of shoppers who have reusable bags, plastic bags, reusable and plastic bags, or no bags at all. The results will then be compared to data collected in Prince George's County, which does not have a bag fee, while Montgomery County does. To learn more, contact Anne Ambler at anambler@gmail.com or (301) 946-5599.

The Real Food Farm seeks volunteers to work at the farm on Feb 1. The hours are 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Possible assignments include planting, weeding, compost spreading, and hoophouse construction. Volunteers should wear work clothes, sturdy shoes, and bring water. Real Food Farm works train or shine, except in severe weather. Volunteers under 18 will need a parent's signature on a waiver before working. To learn more, call (443) 531-8346.

The American Conservation Film Festival "Best of Fest" will be held on Feb 1 at the Weinberg Center in Frederick County. The hours are 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Three short films will be shown: Backyard, The Lost Bird Project, and The Ends of the Earth: Alaska's Wild Peninsula. Backyard is about people living with the consequences of fracking. The Lost Bird Project is about a sculptor seeking to make memorials of recently-extinct birds. For more information, contact Daniel Andrews at dooze@qis.net or (410) 857-4129.

The Maryland Native Plant Society is offering a field trip to Fort Totten in Washington, DC, on Feb 2. The hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will hike around the area and learn how to identify plants. Visitors should bring food and water and dress for the weather. The trip will be cancelled if it's raining. To learn more, contact Mary Pat Rowan at blair-rowan@starpower.net or (202) 526-8821.

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