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15th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference

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8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019

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Join Virginia Cooperative Extension and partners for a full day of presentations and workshops geared towards helping both large and small acreage landowners become better stewards.

Location:

Daniel Technology Center, Germanna Community College
18121 Technology Center
Culpeper, VA 22701

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Moss Workshop

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10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019

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If mosses intrigue you when you hike but you wonder exactly what you are seeing, this is your chance to figure it out in a fun environment. On the last Saturday of each month, join the Natural History Society of Maryland to take a closer look at a moss or two and work together to identify them. This workshop is an introduction to the vocabulary and moss keys.

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The Natural History Society of Maryland
300 Oella Ave
Catonsville, MD 21228

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"Nude" Tree Walk

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10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019

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Join Stewart Ware for a fun and informative walk all about trees. The woods around Wellspring United Methodist Church have most of our common upland trees, as well as some rarer trees, and Dr. Ware will show how to identify them in winter condition.

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Wellspring United Methodist Church
4871 Longhill Road
Williamsburg, VA

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Planting for Hummingbirds & Butterflies

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1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019

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Learn which plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds and have a nature show in your own back yard.

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Calvert Library, Southern Branch
13920 H.G. Trueman Road
Solomons, MD 20688

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Winter Tree Identification

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1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019

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Event Don't get stumped by winter trees! Join park staff to discover tips and tricks on identifying common Pennsylvania trees during the winter season. Program will begin indoors then head out for a short hike to practice ID skills.

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Sinnemahoning State Park
4843 Park Road
Austin, PA 16720

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Winter Tree Identification

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1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019

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Don't get stumped by winter trees! Join park staff to discover tips and tricks on identifying common Pennsylvania trees during the winter season. Program will begin indoors then head out for a short hike to practice ID skills

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Sinnemahoning State Park, Wildlife Center Classroom
4843 Park Road
Austin, PA 16720

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National Invasive Species Awareness Week Webinar Series

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Monday, February 25, 2019Thursday, February 28, 2019

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Monday, 2/25/19 - 20 Years of NISAW and EDRR for new Trapa bispinosa in Potomac watershed

Tuesday, 2/26/19 - Bridging the Gap Between Invasive Species Research and Management in New York

Wednesday, 2/27/19 - Glyphosate, Friend or Foe

Thursday, 2/28/19 - PlayCleanGo and You Can Change Public Behavior to Slow the Spread of Invasive Species 

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Landowner Breakfast

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9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019

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Join your neighbors in learning about how to improve your property while improving the Hammer Creek and its tributaries! There are many local organizations with flexible, practical funds to make conservation work for you!

We will have a landowner breakfast meeting at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitor’s Center (100 Museum Rd, Stevens, PA 17578) on Thursday, 2/28/2019 from 9:00 to noon. Attendees will learn about the opportunities available to improve their properties, directly from local farmers who have been successfully practicing conservation for decades.

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Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitor's Center
100 Museum Road
Stevens, PA 17578

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Humane Gardening: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife

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7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019

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Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? Why are some plants considered “desirable” while others are “weeds”? In this myth-busting talk, learn how common growing methods divide the natural world into false dichotomies and perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us. Discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting wildlife nurseries, eliminating unintended hazards, nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly misunderstood creatures.

Nancy Lawson is the author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife and a columnist for All Animals magazine. A frequent speaker on garden ecology, she founded Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative dedicated to animal-friendly landscaping methods. Lawson’s book and wildlife habitat have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Oprah Magazine. She previously led the creative teams behind the award-winning magazines of The Humane Society of the United States. Learn more about Nancy and her work here.

Location:

Mt. Pleasant
10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163

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Blue Ridge PRISM's Spring Invasive Plant Workshop

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1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Friday, March 1, 2019

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Non-native invasive plants are quickly overwhelming many properties by tearing down the forest canopy and overtaking our native plants at the tree, shrub and/or groundcover levels. Understanding what invasive plants exist on the landscape and what it will take to control them can often feel overwhelming.

The spring workshop will enable you to learn how to confidently identify and manage invasive plants in the spring.

Location:

Blandy Experimental Farm
400 Blandy Farm Lane
Boyce, VA 22620

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Christmas Tree Growers Meeting and Trade Show

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8:00 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday, March 2, 2019

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The Christmas Tree Growers Meeting and Trade Show brings regional experts, growers, and vendors together for a day of educational presentations, pesticide updates, and new product information. Pesticide credits will be offered to applicators.

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Capriotti's
1 Banks Avenue
McAdoo, PA 18237

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Vernal Pools and Their Importance

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2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 3, 2019

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The Friends of Dyke Marsh invite you to learn about vernal pools, seasonal, ephemeral pools of water that provide habitat for distinctive plants and animals, including salamanders and frogs. Vernal pools occur throughout the Washington area and play an important role in the environment.

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Mount Vernon Governmental Center
2511 Parkers Lane
Alexandria, VA

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Online Woodland Options for Landowners

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Monday, March 4, 2019Friday, May 24, 2019

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This 12-week self-paced on-line course teaches the fundamentals of forest management.

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MAW Monthly Meeting: Mycology 101

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7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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Join the Mycological Association of Washington, DC as former foray chair Jared Urchek leads you through a talk of just what makes a mushroom a mushroom, their role in forest ecology, and how we can best employ that knowledge to become a better mushroom hunter ... that should whet your appetite for the rapidly approaching morel season.

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Kensington Park Library
4201 Knowles Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895

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Weed Warriors 101: Invasive Plants & Urban Ecosystems

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6:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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Join Tree Balitmore for an opportunity to learn about native and nonnative invasive plants in our urban ecosystem. This workshop will cover everything from plant identification and management tips, to coordinating volunteer events and safety in the field.

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Herring Run Recreation Center
5001 Sinclair Ln
Baltimore, MD 21206

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EmpowerU! Advocating Invasive Species Management

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10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, March 8, 2019

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Have you been working on invasive species issues but feel compelled to do more? Taking part in the EmpowerU Advocacy Training Program will move your invasive species work to the next level!

In this 4 week course, woodland and shoreline owners, master volunteers, and natural resources professionals can grow their skills to meaningfully engage decision makers about invasive species.

Location:

New Kent Forestry Center
11301 Pocahontas Trail
Providence Forge, VA 23140

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Our Changing Forests: Forest Health, Management, and Restoration

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

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This 2019 VNPS winter workshop will focus on management and restoration in some of our forested habitats. The day will include research on the condition of eastern forests and the problems they face, current management and restoration projects from the Longleaf Pine communities of the Coastal Plain to the western mountains with their mixed hardwoods, and finally, the high elevation Red Spruce ecosystem of the Central Appalachians.

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Piedmont Community College
444 College Drive
Charlottesville, VA

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Birding Basics

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9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, March 9, 2019

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Join members of the Howard County Bird Club as they present basic information to get you started in the wonderful world of birding. Topics will include the history of birding; birding ethics; equipment; how to identify birds; use of eBird and other resources available to help you build on your birding skills. This classroom presentation will be followed by an optional guided bird walk at a later date open only to class participants.

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Mt. Pleasant
1050 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163

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EmpowerU! Advocating Invasive Species Management

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10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 9, 2019

Description:

Have you been working on invasive species issues but feel compelled to do more? Taking part in the EmpowerU Advocacy Training Program will move your invasive species work to the next level!

In this 4 week course, woodland and shoreline owners, master volunteers, and natural resources professionals can grow their skills to meaningfully engage decision makers about invasive species.

Location:

Madison County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension
2 South Main Street
War Memorial Building, 2nd Floor
Madison, VA 22727

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49th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

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10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 9, 2019

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The 49th Annual Maple Syrup Festival will be held on March 9, 10, 16 and 17. The festival takes place from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM all four days at the Houck Lake Area of Cunningham Falls State Park. Delicious food will be served including pancakes with real maple syrup, sausages, sausage sandwiches, coffee and hot chocolate, all for additional fees. Maple syrup products will be sold, including maple syrup, maple cream, and maple candy. Maple syrup making demonstrations will take place every hour, on the hour. Kids can enjoy free games, crafts, and live music performed in the kids activity tent. Pets on leashes are welcome in the park, except in food service areas and on the beach. This event is handicap accessible.

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Houck Lake Area of Cunningham Falls State Park
14039 Catoctin Hollow Road
Thurmont, MD 21788

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