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January 2022

Environmental Finance Mechanisms for Enhancing Blue Carbon Sinks Webinar

January 20 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This webinar is part of a series from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Maryland Departments of Environment and Natural Resources, and Maryland Sea Grant on behalf of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change and its workgroups. This webinar will explore available and future potential environmental finance mechanisms to protect and enhance Maryland’s blue carbon ecosystems. The webinar will include a look at opportunities to scale the impact of ongoing restoration efforts as well as topics related to…

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History of Our Most Precious Resource: Watershed Ecology in the Anthropocene

January 20 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This presentation explores the natural history of water and examines how earthlings (human and otherwise) have interacted with this mysterious substance over geological time. We will explore how human activities have impacted the Earth’s natural water cycle on an unprecedented scale and discuss solutions that individuals and communities can implement to mitigate the challenges we face. This presentation will get you thinking about water in a new way. Presented by the Natural History Society of Maryland in partnership with Blue…

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Greener than Grass: a Sustainable Landscaping Workshop

January 23 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Turfgrass is America’s #1 “crop”… yet has no ecological value whatsoever. Learn to landscape more sustainably, replacing your lawn with no-mow alternatives that offer food and beauty to pollinators, wildlife, you, and your family. Presented by Sustainability Matters. This will be a virtual workshop, with time for Q & A. It’s free, but space is limited, and registration is required. Upon registering, you will be emailed a link to the online event page, through which you can access the Zoom webinar…

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28th Annual Environmental Legislative Summit

January 25 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
2022 Environmental Legislative Summit

Do you believe that every Marylander has a right to a healthful environment? Do you believe that reducing the effects of Climate Change and reducing toxic chemical pollution is a part of that right? Do you want to know what your state legislators are doing about environmental issues? Tune in to the 2022 Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit to get a preview of the environmental community's priority legislation this session. A big crowd is expected for this virtual event, gathering online…

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Millions of Trees Coming to Maryland: Who, How, and the Expected Challenges

January 26 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn about the 2021 Tree Solutions Act and how Maryland will be planting five million trees in the near future. Presented by Forever Maryland. Speakers: Greg Burks, the Chesapeake Bay Trust Joanna Ogburn, Envision the Choptank Justin Bowers, Baltimore Tree Trust This webinar is part of a four-part series. Cost is $15/session or all four for $50. Members enjoy the series at no cost. Information

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Café Scientifique: Maryland’s First Flower of the Year — January’s Wetland Curiosity

January 27 at 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
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Skunk Cabbage Field Trip in Arnold

Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), is alleged to be over 72 million years old, changing little over that time. It is an extraordinary plant, possessing peculiarities found in few others. In Maryland, it blooms in January, sometimes even earlier. This is but one of its fascinating characteristics. Café Scientifique presents a two-event series, a talk on Zoom on January 27 followed by a field trip on January 29. The speaker is Siobhan Percey from Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary, who says that…

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Parasitic Algae of the Air: Downy Mildews

January 27 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The natural world is comprised of organisms large and small. And the smallest ones are typically the most deadly. In this webinar, learn how downy mildews present a constant threat to the plants we love. They can travel thousands of miles in a single season. The webinar is presented by the Natural History Society of Maryland. Speaker: Nina Shishkoff, PhD, USDA Information

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Garden Smarter: Our Native Bees & How Our Yards Can Make the Difference

January 29 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am

  At this virtual event, learn what bees are trying to tell us about our environment, five sustainable gardening practice you can do, and beneficial plants you should have growing in your yard. Presented by the Calvert County Public Library. Information and to register

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Café Scientifique: Maryland’s First Flower of the Year — January’s Wetland Curiosity

January 29 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Skunk Cabbage Field Trip in Arnold

Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), is alleged to be over 72 million years old, changing little over that time. It is an extraordinary plant, possessing peculiarities found in few others. In Maryland, it blooms in January, sometimes even earlier. This is but one of its fascinating characteristics. Café Scientifique presents a two-event series, a talk on Zoom on January 27 followed by a field trip on January 29. The speaker is Siobhan Percey from Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary, who says that…

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February 2022

Living Shorelines in Practice – Enhancing Coastal Resilience Workshop

February 10 at 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This webinar is part of a series from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Maryland Departments of Environment and Natural Resources, and Maryland Sea Grant on behalf of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change and its workgroups. This workshop will highlight advances in Maryland related to Living Shorelines and related restoration projects. The panel discussion will highlight tools available for visualization and modeling, approaches to assessment and monitoring as well as regulatory barriers and opportunities for advancement. A…

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Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas 3: Community Science Saturday

February 12 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
breeding bird atlas 3 logo

The Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas 3 is a five-year community science project documenting the distribution of each of the 200 species that breed across the region. Atlas Coordinator Gabriel Foley will provide an overview of how the project collects data, an update on the current status, and discuss how you can get involved and submit your own observations. The webinar is presented by the Natural History Society of Maryland. Community Science is the collaboration of everyday citizens and…

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Monarch Rx: Exploring a Little-Known Behavior of a Beloved Butterfly

February 23 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
milkweed with monarch butterfly

Most people are aware of the connection between monarch butterflies and milkweed. But did you know that adult monarchs sometimes visit dry or injured parts of certain plants to take up and store toxic chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs)? PAs do not provide the butterflies with food but contribute to their defense. Despite being poorly documented, this behavior must be of relevance in the life of monarchs, but it might be plastic—and most details are yet unknown. Until now, few…

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Spring into Action Conference

February 25 - February 26

Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy will hold its 11th Annual Conference, Spring into Action. Registration opens January 2022.

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March 2022

Winter Oyster Webinar: Oyster Restoration Process

March 2 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Winter Oyster Webinar Series

Join the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) for a three-part webinar series all about the Chesapeake’s favorite, incredible bivalve. Special thanks to MOMs Organic Market for sponsoring this free, virtual series. Hear directly from ORP’s Coastal Restoration Team how oyster restoration is accomplished in the Chesapeake Bay. You’ll learn everything from how restoration areas are identified to what monitoring takes place when the reefs are completed. Speakers:  Jen Aus, ORP Coastal Resource Scientist, and Sara Coleman, ORP Coastal Resource Scientist. Other…

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Garden Smarter: Native Flowers for Early Spring Gardening

March 19 at 10:30 am - 11:30 am

At this virtual event, learn how Nature needs native plants. Daffodils and tulips are lovely, but the Spring Beauty Bee and the spring beauty flower need each other. Presented by the Calvert County Public Library. Information and to register

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Garden Smarter: Grow this not that

March 26 at 10:30 am - 11:30 am

At this virtual and in=person event, learn what beneficial plants to use instead of invasives. Our gardens may have invasive plants that are not helping the environment. Native plants to provide shelter and food for wildlife, do not require fertilizers, use less water, provide diversity and help prevent erosion. Learn what natives are available instead of the invasive plants. To register and for more information

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