Celebrate Earth Day by joining us for a tour featuring avian habitats and the beautiful trees of St. Mary’s campus.
The film “Call of Life” investigates the Earth’s unprecedented loss of biodiversity.
Help plant pollinators for the new rain garden next to Margaret Brent.
Rain date: April 2nd from 11 am to 3 pm
Come on the new arboretum tour which now highlights avian habitat areas on campus.
Listen to Professor of Art Sue Johnson give an overview of both botanical and zoological natural history illustration, along with how to keep a nature sketchbook.
Come on the new arboretum tour which now highlights important avian habitat areas.
The Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium features Chris Cough (Virginia Commonwealth University).
Are you interested in learning how to better manage the natural areas on your property or convert some lawn into natural area? If so, you are invited to participate in the upcoming “The Woods in Your Backyard Workshop.”
The registration fee for the course is $20 per individual and $30 per couple. Workshop participants will receive a full-color 130-page guide, “The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home,” as a program reference (a $25 value), as well as lunch and other resource materials. Those interested in attending can register on-line with a credit card at: https://eventbrite.com/event/15696766451/ or send the registration form and check to UME-St. Mary’s County, Backyard Woodland Workshop, PO Box 663 Leonardtown MD 20650. Registrations are due by Thursday, March 5, 2015.
For further information on registration contact Jamie Fleming by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://extension.umd.edu/news/events/sat-2015-03-07-0900-woods-your-backyard-workshop. Please make all checks payable to the University of Maryland. A registration form and agenda can be found on UME’s Woodland Stewardship Education Events page at: www.extension.umd.edu/woodland.
This workshop is designed to provide the basics of woodland and wildlife management for small acreage property owners with more than an acre, but it useful for smaller properties as well. Participants will learn how to make their woodlands work for them and develop a plan for their property. Landowners of just a few acres can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing the stewardship practices discussed. The workshop will include a combination of presentation and small group activities.
Small lots are important, since the vast majority of landowners have less than 10 acres. By enhancing or creating natural areas and woodland on these small lots, the landowner can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife and improve water quality, not to mention property value in many cases. There will be a special focus on converting lawn to natural areas. If a landowner’s lot connects with other lots, there is ample opportunity to make an even larger impact by getting neighbors involved. Workshop participants will learn:
- How to map their land and surrounding properties and options for taking action;
- How to identify land management units on their property;
- The basics of tree identification, forestry, and wildlife habitat management;
- How to assess water resources, recreational possibilities, aesthetic appeal and ways to improve each;
- How to convert excess lawn area to natural areas;
- How to choose a few land management projects to help meet their goals and set a timetable.
The simple stewardship practices taught in this workshop will provide many personal benefits, including the opportunity to spend more time outdoors with family and friends.
The Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium features Marcella J. Kelly (associate professor at Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment). Her lecture topic is “Jaguar Conservation.”