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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September 24th: 7:00-8:00 pm
An Introduction to the Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas 3 - Gabriel Foley, Atlas Coordinator, Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas 3

Breeding bird atlases are a great way for you to explore new birding areas, learn more about the behavior of their local birds, and contribute directly to bird conservation! The Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas 3 began in January 2020 and will continue until December 2024. This community science effort will document the distribution, abundance, and timing of the birds breeding in Maryland and DC. Volunteers will use the website ebird.org/atlasmddc to collect atlas data. Gabriel Foley, Atlas Coordinator, will be discussing what the Atlas is, how it is used to conserve birds and their habitats, and how, with a little knowledge of your local birds, you can get involved. You can follow the Atlas on social media at @mddcbba3.

Free! Registration required. This meeting will be recorded.

To register, please fill out form here:​https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qcO2grT8pH9O4GPdeXvacjZ34_Y0cNV3g


October 15: 7:00-8:30 pm
The Itsy Bitsy Spider – Kerry Wixted, Education and Outreach Specialist

Spiders are amazing predators with a bad rap. Learn about unique spiders around the world and their local cousins as well as information on why we should all love spiders! From spiders that "sing" and dance to those that rob others: the world of spiders is rich in natural interactions. A live transcript will be available via a speech to text program.

Free! Registration required. This meeting will be recorded. Registration will be available soon.


October 29: 7:00-8:30 pm
Beneficial Bats – Kerry Wixted, Education and Outreach Specialist

Are you ready to go batty?! Celebrate bat week by learning about the importance of bats! This talk will dive into the benefits of bats and will also cover species found around the world and in Maryland. A live transcript will be available via a speech to text program.

Free! Registration required. This meeting will be recorded. Registration will be available soon.


November 10: 6:30-7:30 pm​
For Goodness’ Snakes- Kerry Wixted, Education and Outreach Specialist

Snakes are fascinating yet highly misunderstood creatures. Learn the basics about snake biology, why we should care about snakes, and information on several of the species that call Maryland home. From the secretive and colorful rainbow snake to the social timber rattlesnake, Maryland’s snake species are highly diverse.

$5. Registration required. Register online at ActiveMontgomery.com #88837


November 12: TBD
Managing Deer in the Landscape – Brian Eyler, Deer Project Leader

Deer are a public resource and highly valued by Maryland citizens for many reasons, but few people fully understand how they are managed by state wildlife professionals. Maryland has been very progressive in establishing deer management regulations to address issues of overabundance that impact farmers, homeowners, and others, while at the same time maintaining healthy populations for user groups that enjoy their presence. This webinar will discuss the biology of deer, how they are managed by wildlife professionals, and the challenges that exist when addressing the conflicts that are caused by this most popular wildlife species. A live transcript will be available via a speech to text program.

Free! Registration required. This meeting will be recorded. Registration will be available soon.​​