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Treasure the Chesapeake, orchids, and other Maryland green events

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The Maryland Naturalist Society is holding a plant identification lab at the Maryland Naturalist Center in Baltimore on May 26. Participants will use plant keys, microscopes, hand lenses, and reference collections to help identify plants. All levels of experience are welcome. To learn more, visit www.meetup.com/marylandnature.

The Baltimore Bird Club will hold their weekly walk at the Robert E. Lee Park in Baltimore on May 27. The hours are 8 - 10 a.m. The walk will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginners are welcome. To learn more, contact Joan Cwi at (410) 467-5352 or jafjsc@verizon.net.

Annapolis Green Drinks will meet at the Cafe Mezzanotte on May 27. The hours will be 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. This month's theme will be "It's All About Our Rivers." To learn more, e-mail starboard@annapolisghreen.com.

The Maryland Native Plant Society is hosting a talk, "The Decline of Orchid Populations in the Catoctin Mountains," on May 27. It will be held at the Kensington Library and it will start at 7:30 p.m. The speaker, Wes Knapp, will describe a 40-year study of orchids in Frederick County. 19 of 21 species have declined, and four are considered threatened or endangered. Knapp will also describe possible ways of preserving the orchids. For more information, e-mail info@MDFlora.org.

The Horn Point Laboratory is offering a lecture by Dr. Robert Howarth, "Transitioning to a World without Fossil Fuels by 2050," on May 30. It will be held at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Howarth will describe New York State’s energy and climate planning and how it may provide a road map for Maryland and the rest of the country. He will also explore the idea of shale gas being used as a bridge fuel during the process of transitioning away from fossil fuels and discuss the future of sustainable energy technologies. To learn more, call (410) 745-2916.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is holding the 16th Annual Treasure the Chesapeake Celebration at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront on May 30. The hours will be 7 - 10 p.m. There will be food, drink, live music, casino games, and a silent auction. Registration is required. To learn more, contact Molly Mullins at mmullins@cbtrust.org or (410) 974-2941.

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