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XL Dissent, Cove Point, and other Maryland green events

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XL Dissent will take place at the Thurgood Marshall Center in Washington, DC, on March 1 and 2. It will start at 9 a.m. on March 1 and end at 5 p.m. on March 2. It is a rally protesting the XL Keystone Pipeline, tar sands extraction, and other fossil fuels. The protestors state that building the pipeline will exacerbate climate change and condemn younger generations to environmental chaos. To learn more, contact Shilpa Joshi at

Blue Water Baltimore is holding the Great Seedling Shuffle at the Herring Run Nursery on March 1. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants will re-pot, prune, weed, and organize seedlings and shrubs. the Nursery will provide gloves, tools, and training. Beginners and families are welcome, but BWB would like to know ahead of time if a volunteer plans to bring small children. The Seedling Shuffle will also be held on March 8, 16, 23, and 30. There will be a cap of 10 volunteers per day, so registration is required. To learn more, contact Debra at or (410) 254-1577 ext 100.

The Cylburn Arboretum is offering classes on making houses for Mason bees on March 1 at the Greenhouse classroom. The adults' class starts at 10 a.m. and the children's class starts at 1 p.m. Participants will learn about Mason bees, a docile native species that pollinates plants and how to make a home for them. Registration is required. The adults' class costs $15.00, while the children's class costs $10.00. For more information, call (410) 367-2217 or e-mail

The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed Cove Point liquid natural gas export facility at the Patuxent High School in Lusby on March 1. the hearing will start at 12 p.m. The hearing will concern the possibility of Dominion Resources getting a permit to build the facility, which environmentalists believe will exacerbate pollution and climate change and increase gas prices. To learn more, contact Jon Kenney at

The Irvine Nature Center is holding Maple Magic on March 1. The hours on both days are 1- 2:30 p.m. Visitors will learn how to identify maple trees, tap trees for their sap, and make maple syrup. The event is free for members, but costs $10.00 for non-members. To learn more, call (443) 738-9220.

The Maryland Native Plant Society is offering a field trip to Fort Connector between Fort Dupont and Fort Stanton on March 2. The hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will explore the Terrace Gravel Forest and visit a storm water control project. Hikers should dress for the weather and bring food and water. Registration is not required. To learn more, contact Mary Pat Rowan at (202) 526-8821 or

Professor Doug Tallamy is giving a talk, "Your Role in Stitching the Natural World Together," at The Key School on March 2. The hours are 2 - 5:30 p.m. He will describe how landscaping affect the environment. Current landscaping practices in cities, suburbs, and farms have created fragmented habitats too small to support populations of plants and animals that are large enough to remain healthy and viable. Admission costs $50.00. To learn more, contact Barbara Dowling at (410) 703-7530.



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