Summer’s Bounty: Birds, Blooms, Beasts & Babies
(And how to spot them in the Mid-Atlantic)
Presented by the Audubon Naturalist Society.
Discover when and where to find some of the Mid-Atlantic’s summer nature bounty, including electric-blue birds atop crayon-yellow sunflowers; itsy-bitsy green tree frogs with racing stripes and sticky toes; bedazzling bugs; backyard squirrels that “fly;” and a sea of native lotus blossoms, worthy of Monet.
Speaker: Barbara Saffir, Author, Master Naturalist and Wildlife photographer.
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Photo above by Barbara Saffir
Presented by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, learn when and where to find some of the Mid-Atlantic’s most jaw-dropping plant and animal life with nature photographer and Virginia Master Naturalist Barbara Saffir.
In this joyful spring jaunt, she’ll reveal wildflowers worthy of Monet; a bounty of beasts; and close-up encounters with cobalt-blue, sunflower-yellow and ruby-red breeding birds that visit the DelMarVa area each spring. More than half of this “virtual safari” will focus on birds, with award-winning photographs of migratory and resident birds that capture their cool behaviors.
Free; registration is required.
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Jennifer Ackerman, author of the New York Times bestseller The Genius of Birds, discusses her investigation into the bird way of being and the recent scientific research that dramatically shifts our understanding of how birds live and think. In an illustrated talk drawing on personal observations, the latest science, and her bird-related travel around the world, Ackerman explores the latest studies on the ingenuity of birds revealed in some of their surprising behaviors, research that is upending old ideas about what is normal in birds and what we thought they were capable of.
This is a presentation of the Smithsonian Institution’s Earth Optimism series.
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Join us at Camp Severn Shore to find out more about The Birds & The Bees! OK, we really mean we are going to be focusing on all the great services birds, bees, butterflies and other critters do for us and how you can help. People are making life very hard for them due to the use of insecticides and pesticides, loss of habitat to development and climate change.
Our host is the Graduate Annapolis Hotel and their restaurant that is now known as Camp Severn Shore. If you haven’t yet seen the redesign, you’re in for some terrific USNA themed changes! And, have a look at their great nautically themed menu. The chef will serve up some delicious complimentary appetizers that will consist of a sampling of the menu. Stay for dinner and plan to come back to Camp Severn Shore during Annapolis Restaurant Week, February 29 – March 8, when there will be a special menu for both lunch and dinner.
Launched in 2014, Graduate Hotels is a boutique hotel collection targeting dynamic university towns across America. With 35 properties in various phases of development, Graduate Hotels have become well-curated and well-crafted fixtures in university towns across the country. Every property commemorates and cultivates the spirit of each community in a bright new way. And about Camp Severn Shore, the restaurant at The Graduate, the management invites you to celebrate the carefree spirit of summer with their coastal plates and throwback cocktails that highlight regional flavors and fare. Bring your crew and grab a seat on the outdoor patio or post-up indoors for lunch, dinner and late-night drinks. After Green Drinks, consider staying for dinner!
The Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership has selected Green Drinks as its venue to award the City of Annapolis its official certification as a Bird City Maryland with High Flyer status! Bird City Maryland is a new program established by the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership in order to help cities implement biodiversity by making the ecosystem healthier for its inhabitants.
We are thrilled to see this because ecosystem health and human health are inextricably linked. Annapolis & Anne Arundel County are already certified as Bee City USA participants. Bee City USA certification indicates that Annapolis has created sustainable habitats for native pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet. Read more.
Did you know that 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat exists thanks to insect pollination? These little critters — birds, bees, other insects, and bats — are really important to our food supply.
Thanks to The Graduate, we are featuring a very special Green Drink just for this evening, “Mrs. Robinson.” If you’re not old enough to remember the Graduate movie, don’t worry, kids. We’ll tell you all about it. Koo-koo-ka-choo. (And how ironic that the word of advice in that movie was plastic… little did we know then that we’d be drowning in it now.)
The Mrs. Robinson combines rum from Lyon Rum Distillery (St. Michaels) with juice from Rasa Juice Shop (Maryland Avenue) and the Graduate’s signature juice to make a very special cocktail with notes of pineapple, lemon and coconut. What could be better to make us long for spring?
We will have live music by a very special young musician, Jack Shenk. Now 14 years old, Jack started busking at City Dock when he was 12. This winter he has become a regular feature indoors as well, playing Saturdays at the Annapolis Market House. His set includes recent hits from artists like Ed Sheeran and John Legend as well as soulfully-rendered covers of songs from the past 50 years.
Have a Heart. Do your Part. – Learn more about Sunday’s Cleanup – and join in! #loveannapoliscleanup
Rasa Juice Shop – A sustainable lifestyle shop on Maryland Avenue featuring organic, plant-based and gluten-free food, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and local goods.
Beautiful Bird Baths and Feeders – Made locally from re-purposed vases, platters and bowls, the birdbaths, and bird feeders.
Honey’s Harvest – A farm in South County with very busy bees. Owner Anna Chaney will offer honey tastings and elderberry tastings and say a few words about Bee City USA and its connection to Anne Arundel County.
Central Maryland Beekeepers Association – Bonnie Raindrop will provide information about state-level legislation affecting birds, bees and other pollinators now under consideration in the General Assembly and how you can help pass these bills. An association member will have honey available too!
Complimentary light appetizers and cash bar. Free, but $10 donation to Annapolis Green is most appreciated.
Join us for a fun evening! Koo-koo-ka-choo…
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