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PAST EVENT / August 23, 2015: Mysterious Bats & Caves

August 16th, 2015
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We’re thrilled that we have several interesting speakers with great topics lined up for our August 23 program: Mysterious Bats & Caves: 1:15 – 2:00 / Dr. Hank Ratrie, biology professor at Goucher College, will present ‘An Introduction to Bats’, including their behavior, lifestyle, habitat, whether they are dangerous or not, the types of bats found in Maryland, why they are important to various ecosystems, and more. If you’ve ever wondered about these mysterious winged wonders, this is the presentation for you. 2:15 – 3:00 /

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PAST EVENT / September 13, 2015: Life of Streams

August 16th, 2015
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The Life of Streams Nature Connection, September 13, 2015, from 1:00-4:00pm The streams running through our neighborhoods are full of life. The swirling, churning water world is home to not only fish, amphibians, and reptiles, but a variety of many tiny aquatic creatures. Join us to discover more about our local freshwater streams and these curious inhabitants. Activities for all ages! 1:30 – Stan Kemp, aquatic ecology researcher will discuss the “Impact of Urbanization on Fish in Local Streams” Throughout the afternoon, participate in these

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PAST EVENT / September 27, 2015: Migration – Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons

August 16th, 2015
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September 27, 2015: Migration – Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons Thousands of hawks and eagles soar high above us on their migration to spend winter in warmer climes. Join us to learn more about these mighty predators of the sky: bald eagles rebounding from near extinction and the numerous varieties of hawks that pass this way each year. Guest speakers will discuss hawk migration and the adaptations of beaks and talons. Info stations will cover youth birding. Lights Out Baltimore will feature the impact of lighted buildings

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PAST EVENT / October 11, 2015: Fossils & Dinosaurs!

August 16th, 2015
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October 11, 2015: Fossils & Dinosaurs! It’s all about fossils and dinosaurs! Spend an afternoon exploring ancient fossils and the stories of dinosaurs. Expert paleontologists will be on hand with fossil displays and presentations. Bring the family–interactive children’s activities and crafts also included: Dig for your own fossil souvenir! Help us name our mascotTyrannosaurus rex! 1:15 –  ”Our Dinosaurs” , by Dr.Peter M. Kranz, noted expert on Maryland’s dinosaurs, will speak about dinosaur fossil finds in Maryland, past and present. (see below for more information

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PAST EVENT / October 25, 2015: Halloween Special: Spiders, Snakes, and Other Beasts!

August 16th, 2015
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October 25: Halloween Special: Spiders, Snakes, and Other Beasts! Please join us for a “creepy” afternoon on the nature side of Halloween. We’ll have a fun and informative look at snakes and spiders with live animals on display, including snakes native to Maryland and a tarantula! We’ll have other creepy items from our natural history collection on display too. Come dressed in costume (something from nature!) and trick-or-treat with us! Special presentation / 1:15pm – “Why Are Snakes So Creepy?” by Tim Hoen. Why are snakes so

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PAST EVENT / November 8, 2015: Life On The Forest Floor

August 16th, 2015
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November 8: Life On the Forest Floor As we walk through the woods, beneath our feet is another world with its own unique and often unseen community of inhabitants. The forest floor is teeming with life: big, small, and microscopic, and maybe even magical! Join us for an afternoon of hands-on activities for the family, crafts, and expert presentations to take a close-up look at the forest floor, inside at our Center. For a touch of whimsy, we’ll use forest floor materials to build mini

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PAST EVENT / November 22, 2015: Geology Day!

August 16th, 2015
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November 22: Geology Day! What rocks are under your house? What geologic events have occurred to form the landscape of your neighborhood, the Baltimore area, and the rest of Maryland? What evidence of this can we find in the rocks under your neighborhood? Join us for an afternoon of activities exploring what our planet is made of and how it’s changed, particularly in Maryland. 1:15pm / Special Presentations – Two excellent speakers will provide a summary look at the long history that gives us the

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PAST EVENT / December 13, 2015: Winter Solstice: Watching the Night Sky

August 16th, 2015
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December 13 – Winter Solstice: Watching the Night Sky The long, clear winter nights are a great time to watch the celestial action in the sky. Join us for an afternoon of learning what to observe about the moon, stars, and planets during the the winter. Begin with a presentation from author Martin Schmidt. Find out what tools you can use to enhance your observations of the winter night sky. Discover what the Winter Solstice is and why it is celebrated. Now that we’ve stimulated your

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PAST EVENT / January 10, 2016: Owls

August 16th, 2015
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Owls Owls have long been regarded in folklore as good omens, bad omens, wise and strong.  Join us at 1:15pm for an in-depth talk on Maryland’s owls by Kathleen Woods of the Phoenix Wildlife Center. Through 4pm: Meet a live ambassador owl! Examine feathers that make owls silent Dissect an owl pellet Learn how to recognize owl calls Find out how owls use their ears to find food Discover stories of owls in folklore and mythology more activities and crafts for children!

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PAST EVENT / January 24, 2016: Tracks, Traces, and Signs

August 16th, 2015
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Tracks, Traces, & Signs: Enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors with knowing what wildlife is around you, but unseen. Learn what signs of wildlife to look for. We’ll show you how to notice and ID tracks and prints, scat and droppings, and signs of eating, hunting, and sheltering. We’ll have many specimens to hold and study, and fun hands-on activities to guide your discoveries. 1:15pm: “Discover The Secret Lives of ‘Undercover’ Animals” – Many animals are active in our own backyards, often at night. The

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