Wild Acres Public Events

Wild Acres logoAre you interested in making your habitat wildlife friendly? If so, check out our Wild Acres​ page! In addition, we provide public talks, workshops, and online webinars to teach about local wildlife. If you are interested in having a Wild Acres presentation for your group or organization, please contact Kerry Wixted: Kerry.wixted@maryland.gov

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Gardening for Pollinators Summer 2020.
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January 28: 6:00-7:30 pm
Fire and Rain, and more Rain: Managing a fire-dependent ecosystem when it WON'T. STOP. RAINING. - Paula Becker, Outreach Ecologist/Volunteer Coordinator

The oak savanna ecosystem, also called a serpentine barrens, of Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area has been managed with prescribed burns since the late 1980s. Climate change and its accompanying weather patterns adds a new wrinkle to management plans for this rare and evocative fire-dependent ecosystem. Join us as we learn to accept what we can and cannot control.

Free! Registration required. This meeting will be recorded.
To register: Please fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/wqZtNn1J4bHRvJ6d6
A Google Meet link will be sent out the day of the meeting.


February 11: 6:30-7:30 pm
Wicked Big Puddles: The Natural History of Vernal Pools- Scott Smith, Wildlife Ecologist, MD DNR

Vernal pools are temporary wetlands teeming with life! Join Wildlife Ecologist, Scott Smith, on a journey to learn more about these fascinating wetlands and the biodiversity they support.

Free! Registration required. This meeting will be recorded. Registration will be available in early February.


February 25: 6:30-7:30 pm
Northern Bob-white Quail in Maryland - Bob Long, Wild Turkey and Upland Game Bird Project Manager, MD DNR

TBD.

Free! Registration required. This meeting will be recorded. Registration will be available in late February.


March 4: 6:30-7:30 pm
Light Pollution and Wildlife- Lindsay Jacks, Director of Lights Out Baltimore

TBD.

Free! Registration required. This meeting will be recorded. Registration will be available in late February.


Gardening for Pollinators
Kerry Wixted, Education and Outreach Specialist

Pollinators in Maryland and across the globe are in decline. Learn about common groups of Maryland’s bees, what plants provide good nectar, what plants are good host plants for butterflies, and about different types of nest boxes for pollinators.

Free! This program is being held in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Library. Registration will open on March 2 at 9:00am on this page: https://aacpl.librarycalendar.com/events/gardening-pollinators


March 18: 6:30-7:30 pm
Sounds of Spring - Beth Schlimm, Conservation Specialist, MD DNR

What's that peeping in the marsh? Learn about local amphibians and some of their calls as well as information on acoustic research.

Free! Registration required. This meeting will be recorded. Registration will be available in mid March.​​​​​​​


​March 25: 7:00-8:30 pm>br /> Create Your Own State Park - Melissa Boyle-Acuti, Chief of Interpretation, MD State Parks

Free! Registration required. This meeting will be recorded. Registration will be available in mid March.


April 21: 10:00-11:00 am
From Mountains to Sea: Maryland’s Natural Areas - Kerry Wixted, Education and Outreach Specialist

From the ancient peatlands in the western part of the state to globally rare serpentine savanna at Soldier’s Delight, Maryland is a small state with a lot to offer. Learn about 31 unique natural areas open to the public.

Free! This program is being held in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Library. Registration will open on April 7 at 9:00am on this page: https://aacpl.librarycalendar.com/events/mountains-seas-marylands-natural-areas


May 5: 10:00-11:00 am
Bird Friendly Backyards- Kerry Wixted, Education and Outreach Specialist

Pollinators in Maryland and across the globe are in decline. Learn about common groups of Maryland’s bees, what plants provide good nectar, what plants are good host plants for butterflies, and about different types of nest boxes for pollinators.

Free! This program is being held in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Library. Registration will open on April 21 at 9:00am on this page: https://aacpl.librarycalendar.com/events/bird-friendly-backyards​