Patuxent Research Refuge needs help from `Weed Warriors'

August 21, 2005

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge is seeking volunteers for its next "Weed Warrior Days," to be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. Aug. 28 at the National Wildlife Visitor Center on Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, in Laurel.

Wear long pants and long sleeves, and bring gloves. A limited supply of gloves is available to borrow.

Registration is required. Information or to register: 301-497-5887.

Bird Walks, for youth and adults, ages 16 and older, will be offered at the visitor center from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 1, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 14, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 20.

Participants in the guided hike will have an opportunity to search for birds in several refuge habitats.

Field guides and binoculars are recommended.

The program is free but registration is required. Information: 301-497-5887.

Around town

At the library:

The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, invites beginning and advanced chess players, ages 9 to 17, to participate in Chess Club meetings from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Sept. 7 and 21. Players must know the basic rules. Registration is not needed. "Games Galore," an afternoon of favorite games (Scrabble, Life, Monopoly, Clue and others) is planned at 4 p.m. Sept. 6 and 20. Those who attend are invited to bring games to share. Registration is not needed. A master gardener will be at the library from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday to answer questions and examine plant samples. Those who attend are invited to take samples to the drop-in session. 410-880-5980.

Road construction:

Single-lane closings on Gorman and Stephens roads, across from Stone Lake Drive, may be necessary between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays for a project to improve water distribution to the North Laurel area. The improvements, which are scheduled to be completed in late October, are deemed necessary to provide sufficient public water to meet projected needs for commercial use and fire protection in the southeast portion of the county.

Volunteers sought:

Montpelier Mansion is seeking volunteers who love history, beautiful homes or gardening. 301-953-1376.

Fishing:

Fishing is open to the public at Cash Lake at Patuxent Research Refuge and will continue through mid-October. Anglers can also fish at the refuge's North Tract entrance. Fishing permits are to be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the National Wildlife Visitor Center (301-497-5763) and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Patuxent North Tract Contact Station (301-776-3090) or http://patuxent.fws.gov. The visitor center is off Powder Mill Road.

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