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April 2020

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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Belmont History Walk / FREE

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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Who better to tell the history of Belmont Manor and Historic Park then a descendant of one of the original family members, the Dorsey’s? Enjoy this easy hike with Fred Dorsey around Belmont’s grounds as local historian, Fred Dorsey, shares highlights of both the family and the property’s history. Learn about the Dorsey family’s part in Howard County’s industrial revolution as well as the importance of Belmont to the Howard County Community. Free program. Space limited, advance registration required. Register…

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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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May 2020

Garden Walk and Tea for Moms

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Enjoy a beautiful and tasty morning with your mother, daughter, grandmother or friends on Mothers Day weekend.  Stroll through the many niche gardens at the Conservancy and learn about their design and plantings from members of the Howard County garden clubs who created and maintain them.  Extend your walk through the Master Gardeners' Demonstration Garden, and the “Sisters Garden” of herbs and perennials. Refresh yourself with “bottomless cups” of tea and freshly baked Scottish scones in the restored Brown sisters'…

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Family BioBlitz / FREE

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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Participate in our BioBlitz, made possible by a grant from The Patapsco Valley Heritage Area, a certified heritage area of the Maryland Heritages Area Authority. Citizen scientists have documented more than 400 species at our Belmont location in Elkridge, but there is still more to uncover! With the support of naturalists and experts, we will introduce you and your family to the Conservancy's biodiversity and help you engage in citizen science using the iNaturalist app. Bring your camera or smart…

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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.