Outdoors calendar

May 01, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

BEST BET

Saturday Help remove invasive plants at Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Baltimore, 9 a.m.-noon. Snacks, drinks and tools will be provided. Bring gloves and water. Meet at the Sherwood House parking lot. To register: 410-321-1002, or breakeys@comcast.net.

BIKING

BIRDING

Friday Birding basics, 7 p.m., with wildlife ecologist Dave Brinker at REI Timonium, 63 West Aylesbury Road. Learn about field guides and what to look for when choosing binoculars. Details: 410-252-5920.

May 9 Learn the types of colors and patterns in birds such as, disruptive coloration, banner markings, field marks, and pigmentation, 1 p.m., at the Chesapeake Bay Environment Center, Grasonville. Materials, supplies, guides and incidentals needed for field work will be provided. Cost: $7 CBEC members; $10 non-members. Information: 410-827-6694. To register: jwink@bayrestoration.org.

May 16 Birding by boat at the Anita Leight Estuary Center, 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Join birder Phil Powers on a search for marsh birds of Otter Point Creek on a pontoon boat. For ages 10 and up. Cost: $6, adults; ages 10-13: $4. Call 410-612-1688 to register.

May 22 Migratory Bird Mini-Festival at the Anita Leight Estuary Center, 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, 3 p.m.- 5 p.m. Appropriate activity for families. Games, crafts, bird walks and pontoon boat bird cruises. Cost: $3 per person or $10 per family. Call 410-612-1688 to register.

May 18 Learn about various types of nests and nesting materials utilized in construction of the nests--including their size, shape and location, 6 p.m., at the Chesapeake Bay Environment Center, Grasonville. Materials, supplies, guides, and incidentals needed for field work will be provided by CBEC. Cost: $7 CBEC members; $10 non-members. Information: 410-827-6694. To register: jwink@bayrestoration.org.

May 27 Band nestlings, record data and learn about nestling development, 5:30 p.m., at the Chesapeake Bay Environment Center, Grasonville. Materials, supplies, guides, and incidentals needed for field work will be provided by CBEC. Cost: $7 CBEC members; $10 non-members. Information: 410-827-6694. To register: jwink@bayrestoration.org.

June 5 Rise early to learn about bird sounds and distinguish the sounds of at least 15 species, 6:30 a.m.- 8 a.m., at the Chesapeake Bay Environment Center, Grasonville. Materials, supplies, guides, and incidentals needed for field work will be provided by CBEC. Cost: $7 CBEC members; $10 non-members. Information: 410-827-6694. To register: jwink@bayrestoration.org.

June 9 Get tips on bird identification, ranging from sounds through knowing the bird by identifying its droppings, 5:30 p.m., at the Chesapeake Bay Environment Center, Grasonville. Materials, supplies, guides, and incidentals needed for field work will be provided by CBEC. Cost: $7 CBEC members; $10 non-members. Information: 410-827-6694. To register: jwink@bayrestoration.org.

June 15 Visit five sites to observe and learn the behavior of osprey nestlings, 6 p.m., at the Chesapeake Bay Environment Center, Grasonville. Materials, supplies, guides, and incidentals needed for field work will be provided by CBEC. Cost: $7 CBEC members; $10 non-members. Information: 410-827-6694. To register: jwink@bayrestoration.org.

June 30 Learn about how birds maintain feathers, keep clean, molt, grow new feathers, and in general keep in tip-top shape for flight and attracting mates, 6:30 p.m., at the Chesapeake Bay Environment Center, Grasonville. Materials, supplies, guides, and incidentals needed for field work will be provided by CBEC. Cost: $7 CBEC members; $10 non-members. Information: 410-827-6694. To register: jwink@bayrestoration.org.

BOATING/PADDLING

May 15 Beginner's kayak lesson at Anita Leight Estuary Center, 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Also good for someone needing a refresher course. Relaxed pace. For ages 8 and up. Cost: $10. Call 410-612-1688 to register.

CHILDREN

Thursdays in May and June Family Fishing Fun, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. sponsored by the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, Patterson Park Boat Lake, Eastern Avenue at Milton Avenue. Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own rod and reel; limited number of rods and reels will be available. Bait provided. Details: 410-396-9392.

FISHING

May 11 Bill Goldsborough, senior scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will speak at a meeting of the Northwest chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association, 7:30 p.m., Shannon's Pub and Grill, 4401 Annapolis Road, Baltimore. Free. Details: 410-536-0450.

May 12 Capt. Mike Benjamin, a licensed guide, will be the speaker at a meeting of the Upper Bay Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association Maryland, 7 p.m., North East VFW 815 Turkey Point Road. Details: 302-293-5769.

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