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April 2020

City of Annapolis Celebrates a Virtual Earth Day 50th Anniversary

April 1 - April 30

Throughout the month of April, the City of Annapolis has been celebrating Earth Month with daily pledges that residents can take to help improve the planet. These virtual pledges and ideas for simple, stay-at-home earth-friendly practices are things that Annapolitans can incorporate into daily life. These daily pledges include a pledge on April 22, 2020, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The pledges have been broken into four categories: Water (example: clean up after your pet, conserve water in the…

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Severna Park Virtual Earth Day Festival

April 21 - April 25

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and its related closures and distancing guidelines, the on-site Earth Day Festival was canceled. However, organizers welcome you to be part of their first virtual Earth Day Festival. The theme for this year’s Festival, established a year ago, has greater meaning now more than ever:  20/20 A Vision for a Healthier World. We can’t be together for the actual Festival, but we are still connected to the Earth, and caring for ourselves and each other…

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Drive Electric Earth Day – Learn About EVs!

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Electric Auto Association, Sierra Club and Plug In America present a free virtual event for the EV curious -- those just learning about electric cars. Transportation is the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, with passenger vehicles accounting for the majority of these emissions. Drive Electric Earth Day highlights the need to transition to clean transportation like plug-in EVs to reduce the effects of climate change. Presenters: Hon. Lloyd Levine (ret.), Electric Auto Association - EV basics…

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Drive Electric Virtual Earth Day

April 25

Join Annapolis Green to learn VIRTUALLY about about driving electric -- one of the best things you can do to mitigate the effects of Climate Change. The EV Earth Day Showcase was to have been presented by Annapolis Green during the Severna Park Earth Day Festival and as part of the national Drive Electric Earth Day event but we're going virtual instead. Click to see our video, produced with the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC). Then join us…

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May 2020

Electric Cars are Great for You (and the Climate): All you want to know

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Zoom webinar: Electric Cars are Great for You (and the Climate) -- All you want to know about EVs and more, presented by St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church as part of its Eco-Summit 2020. Speaker: Ron Kaltenbaugh, President, Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC. If you haven't checked out electric vehicles lately, it's time to look again. They've come a long way since the Prius of 20 years ago. Learn about the current options that are right for you…

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Screening & Discussion of The Story of Plastic: Where Your Recycled Plastic Ends Up

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Waterkeepers Chesapeake invites you to a free virtual screening (at your convenience) and panel discussion about this important film. It takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. During this unprecedented pandemic, it’s critical to ensure the voices of activists and marginalized communities are heard to stand up to big oil and businesses perpetuating the plastic crisis. Stories and…

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Here Comes the Sun Virtual Yoga Fundraiser

May 26 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Pull out your mats and join yoga instructor Cathy Shaw as we salute the sun and celebrate spring! This all-levels virtual yoga class will open your hips, heart and mind while honoring our closest star and primary source of light, heat, and life. We will move mindfully through sun salutations in humble adoration, devotion and awareness of the light that shines bright like the sun in all of us. A musical playlist will be provided with theme based songs to…

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Sip N’ Shuck: Shell-ebrating Chesapeake Seafood

May 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Presented by the Oyster Recovery Partnership, it's a free virtual Zoom happy hour featuring a few of ORP’s partners who’ll teach us how to order, shuck, store, prepare, and pair oysters at home! Shuck Along with Us! - Maryland oyster farms have struggled through the pandemic due to restaurant closures. They need our support now more than ever. Certain farms are offering direct to consumer deliveries. Place an order and have oysters on-hand to hone your shucking skills during the…

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Cafe Scientifique: Unlocking the Mysteries and Marvels of Bird Migration

May 28 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Speaker: Chris Eberly, Executive Director of the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership About the Talk: Humans utilize technology in amazing ways. GPS can help us find any place on Earth, planes take us to far away lands, and cars allow us to roam freely. Without these things we would not be able to venture far from home. Now imagine flying 3,000 miles with no rest, no refueling, and no water. Oh, and by the way, you weigh half an ounce and…

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June 2020

Save Money & Go Solar with Neighborhood Sun

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a free, brief Zoom discussion that will answer all your questions about what community solar is and how it can benefit you AND the environment. Our partner, Neighborhood Sun, will explain how community solar projects allow you to power your home or business with the sun and without solar panels on your roof. Rooftop solar panels aren’t for everybody. Maybe you live in a condo or apartment and you can’t really control your rooftop. Or, your property is too shady. With…

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World Oceans Day Presentation

June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The public is invited to join the Eastport Yacht Club Environmental Committee for a special online presentation by Chef Barton Seaver: "Sustainable Seafood in the Modern American Diet: How seafood can play a role in a Sustainable Future." Barton is one of the world's leading sustainable seafood experts. He traded his illustrious career as an award winning chef to travel the world as a member of the US. Culinary Ambassador Corps. He served as Director of the Sustainable Seafood and…

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Bay-Wise Gardening for the Environment

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Get inspired with ideas to make your garden even more environmentally friendly, at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s next Earth Optimism lecture/webinar with Master Gardener Cyrena Simons. She will share tips from the University of Maryland’s Master Gardener Bay-Wise Program, which strives to improve land and waterways by managing our yards in an eco-conscious way. Bay-wise gardening can take less work and less money, while attracting birds and butterflies to your garden. Cyrena will also share resources for getting free help with gardening questions.…

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Class: How to Read a Stream

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn about the influence of land uses on streams, stream character and dynamics, bank erosion, bar formation, substrate composition, different velocity-depth regimes, and the importance of riffles and riparian vegetation. There will be practice assessing stream habitat by using photographs of streams and the forms that monitors fill out in the field. This class is recommended for anyone who plans to participate in the Audubon Naturalist Society water quality monitoring program and is a good refresher on habitat assessment for…

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Dolphin Watch: Tracking Dolphins in the Bay

June 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in a webinar to learn about where and when to spot dolphins in the Bay and how to track them. Dolphin sightings are becoming more frequent in the Bay and its major tributaries. Amber Fandel, Research Analyst with the Chesapeake Biological Lab has been investigating dolphin behavior as part of conservation efforts across the United States since 2012. She’ll share where and when dolphins are being sighted and how you can help track their progress up…

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Island Life: An Artist Talk with Jay Fleming

June 17 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Join Photographer Jay Fleming to explore the stories behind the images featured in the virtual exhibition, Island Life: Changing Culture, Changing Shorelines. Through frequent visits to the islands and shorelines along the Bay, Fleming has documented how the changing environment is affecting the cultures and shorelines of inhabited and formerly inhabited offshore islands in the Chesapeake. Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. $5 registration fee. Register here.

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Invasive Species Q&A

June 18 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Join the Watershed Stewards Academy's Tree Troopers for an Invasive Species Q&A via Google Meet featuring Bud Reaves, Anne Arundel County Forester, and Craig Highfield, the Director of Forest Programs for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. They will discuss invasive plant species, how they affect our forest canopy, and how to properly control them. In preparation for the conversation, review these great resources that the Anne Arundel County Weed Resistance put together for Class 12 Steward Candidates: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 To join,…

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Gardening for Wildlife

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Do you enjoy watching birds, butterflies and other wildlife in your yard? Find out how to attract wildlife and discover some new garden treasures to try out in your yard. Tune in to learn how to meet the needs of wildlife to find out what pollinator and bird friendly plants have worked well at Pickering Creek and beyond. This event is organized by the Pickering Creek Audubon Center and will be held via Zoom. Register here.

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Virtual Beekeeper Q&A and Pollinator Walk

June 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Join the Robinson Nature Center to celebrate Pollinator Week. It will start with a Beekeeper Q&A with Jeff Crooks, a Howard County Beekeeper with over a decade of beekeeping experience, as well as Mark Dykes, who leads the University of Maryland's Beesquad Program. Learn how they got into beekeeping, as well as some of the challenges and successes they’ve had. Participants can submit questions to the panelists in the chat. Then, after the Q&A, enjoy learning about pollinators and host…

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Green Reads Book Club

June 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Our environmental book club, Annapolis Green Reads, is designed to grow your appreciation for the environment while benefiting from the collective wisdom of many authors who write about our natural world and to connect with others! All you need is an interest in reading books (or listening to the audio version) about our environment and our place in it. No expertise on these issues is necessary, although we welcome those who have some to participate and contribute. This month’s book is To…

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July 2020

Regenerative Gardening: Successful and Sustainable Climate Victory Gardens

July 1 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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One in a series of presentations on Climate & Sustainability by Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland. In this seminar Dr. Via will address questions such as: How can you grow your own food successfully? What strategies will help you adapt to changes already occurring from Climate Change, and how can your gardening methods help to reduce future climate change? Dr. Via was one of the speakers at our Climate Change and Your Food Supply talk last July. Read…

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Regenerative Landscaping

July 15 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

One in a series of presentations on Climate & Sustainability by Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland. In this seminar Dr. Via will address questions such as: How can we produce beautiful residential, commercial and municipal landscapes that will reduce carbon emissions, improve soil health, help manage stormwater and even save money? Dr. Via was one of the speakers at our Climate Change and Your Food Supply talk last July. Read more. Flyer To register for all the sessions…

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July 21 - July 22

The GreenGive is a local, environmentally-focused, 24-hour online initiative designed to both raise funds and expand residents’ and businesses’ engagement with local environmental organizations, issues, projects and actions. On July 21-22, 2020, we invite the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County community to join with us to support clean water in our own communities. Through an interactive online platform, individuals and businesses will be invited to invest in clean water by donating to any of the GreenGive partners: Annapolis Green Arundel Rivers Federation…

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Trees for Tomorrow: Rooted in Resiliency

July 22 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy presents a Q&A on native trees. Josh Clark, WSA's Restoration Coordinator, and Craig Highfield, Director of Forest Programs for Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, will go LIVE at 11:30 to answer your questions about resilient tree species, including WHY we need them and HOW you can take action to plant trees for tomorrow. Click here to join in.

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What Can the Pandemic Teach Us About Being (Un)prepared for Climate Change and Other Global Disasters?

July 29 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

One in a series of presentations on Climate & Sustainability by Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland. She will address: The similarities between the failed US responses to COVID-19 and Climate Change are remarkable, right down to the role of politics. How can we use lessons learned during this pandemic to motivate people to take climate change seriously, to recognize the importance of early action, to focus on science-based solutions and to see the need to advance social equity?…

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August 2020

Clean Water is a Right: Equity and Environmental Justice Around the Bay Webinar

August 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Ensuring the meaningful involvement of all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, or income is critical to ensuring equity for all. Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and a panel of elected leaders and community advocates for perspectives on recent environmental justice victories around the Bay watershed. They will also discuss where this critical conversation needs to go in the coming years. Advance registration is required. More information and to register

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Climate change is Bad for Your Health

August 12 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

One in a series of presentations on Climate & Sustainability by Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland. Dr. Via was one of the speakers at our Climate Change and Your Food Supply talk last July. Read more. Flyer To register for all the sessions click here.  

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Earth Optimism Panel: Building Climate-Resilient Communities on the Coast

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presented by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Tens of millions of Americans make their homes in coastal cities. How these cities adapt to rising seas will determine their futures in the 21st century. Three experts from cities on the East and West Coasts of the United States will share stories and ideas about how coastal communities can build resiliently in the face of sea level rise. Join for an evening of cross-country dialogue, with built-in time for audience questions. Panelists: Zoe…

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22nd Treasures of the Chesapeake

August 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Board Chairman, Gary Jobson, America’s Cup sailor, ESPN commentator and NBC Olympic commentator with Executive Director, Jana Davis, who will take you on an online journey to fun and interesting places you should visit in the Chesapeake region and a spectacular online auction. The online auction begins on Sunday, August 16 at 9:00 am and ends Thursday, August 20. Funds raised are administered through the Chesapeake Bay Trust as grants to schools, nonprofits, community groups, and…

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The History Saga of Humans and the Environment at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Historic Annapolis present this story is about strategic location on a great estuary, human interactions with rich natural resources, and the founding history of the United States. It is an evolving story built around the science of archaeology and the inferences of oral and written history for the 2,650-acre campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), five miles south of Annapolis and 25 miles east of Washington, DC. It relies upon volunteer citizen…

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September 2020

Earth Optimism Webinar: Global Connections, Changing Seasons and Living Bird Friendly

September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Birds and bird watching have become popular international topics these past months. In the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's September webinar, Scott Sillett of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center will provide an update on the latest research and outreach about migratory birds in eastern North America: climate change, space-based bird tracking, and sustainable consumer choices. A recording of this webinar will be available for 14 days after the live talk. More information

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