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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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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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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.