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March 2020

Milkweed, Monarchs and Climate Change / FREE

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Monarch butterflies are much beloved by the public because they are common, beautiful and have a fascinating and unique migratory life cycle.  Every year, migratory monarchs from the eastern United States migrate down to a small set of mountains in central Mexico.  The next spring, those same individuals fly north to the Texas region where they lay eggs.  The adults that emerge about a month later continue north and east, recolonizing the eastern United States where they feed on milkweed…

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The Art of Stewardship: Inspirations from Nature – Opening Reception

March 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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The Art of Stewardship (TAOS) Art Show: Inspirations from Nature  is presented by the Howard County Conservancy in partnership with the nationwide Art of Stewardship Project. The TAOS show is a forum for artists to promote stewardship of the Earth. All artwork in the show is donated and will be available for $100 each. Proceeds support education programs at the Conservancy. Come peruse beautiful art, enjoy live music, wine, refreshments, juror's awards and an artwork sale! $5 per person, participating artists free. REGISTER NOW!

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April 2020

Hike to the Patapsco River / FREE

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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The Conservancy’s Mt Pleasant property borders Patapsco State Park. Join Woody Merkle, Dave Lyons, John Cookson and other Conservancy naturalists on a 2-hour, approximately 3-mile round trip hike across meadows, tree lines and paths through the woods. Spring presents itself with ephemeral wildflowers, ferns and mosses, migrating birds, and trees and bushes that are leafing out and bursting their buds. Awaken your spirits as we search for Spring’s beauties together. Choose between an easy-to-moderate walk and a more strenuous hike;…

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Beyond Birding Basics: Bird Sounds, Technology and Tips / FREE

April 18 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Do you know a lot about birds, but you're interested in learning how to identify them by their songs? Expert Birders from the Howard County Bird Club will share their expertise in the classroom followed by a brief field walk. This class will emphasize bird sounds: their types, purposes, and ID methods. Learn which apps are most useful, along with how to use photos and recordings to verify records and enhance your experience. This class will be lead by Expert…

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Earth Day Bird Walk / FREE

April 25 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join Anthony VanSchoor and other Howard County Bird Club experts listening for - and spotting - as many as 50 different bird species! This is migrating time – it's a great morning for seasoned bird watchers and first timers to hike our trails, have fun, and learn from each other.  Easy walking through the fields of Mt Pleasant Farm. Tree lines, hedgerows and streams provide habitat for many transient and year-round species. Great opportunity for flyovers.  Dress for the weather…

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Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the event. If a program is canceled by the Conservancy, participants will be notified and offered a refund. All other program fees are non-refundable and support educational programs at the Conservancy. Organized groups may not be able to be accommodated at our free programs. Please contact the Conservancy about scheduling a separate program for your group.