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Featured Trips in Maryland
 
Join the Howard County Bird Club for birding at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Plan to stop at the Choptank River Bridge for ducks and coffee. Entrance fee, duck stamp, or national parks pass required. Reservations required. Carpooling available. Jan. 12; Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. More details and reservations.
 
All levels welcome! Join Pickering Creek’s “unofficial photographer,” Royce Ball for a morning at Pickering Creek Audubon Center practicing new skills with whatever camera you use (yes, even the camera on your phone) to capture great moments outdoors. Wander the trails with your camera in hand, looking for new perspectives and new ideas for your nature photography hobby. $20 per person. Jan. 12, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm; Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. More details and registration.
 
Ever wonder how locomotives and rail cars are moved in and out of the historic 1884 B&O Roundhouse? This special experience only happens a few times a year. Don’t miss your chance to watch museum staff operate the 60-foot wooden turntable to move a historic rail car. Jan. 12, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm; B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore.More information and tickets.
 
Join the Sierra Club on this easy out-and-back and go-at-your-own pace hike of eight miles, mainly on the C&O Canal Towpath, beginning at Carderock Recreation Area and turning around at Great Falls Tavern at Lock 20. Enjoy spectacular winter views of the canal from Berma Road on the outbound hike. On the return, take a side trip to view the Great Falls of the Potomac River, then return along the towpath for a closer look at the locks and the beauty of the Widewater area. There will be an optional post-hike get-together to schmooze and replace calories. Leashed dogs are welcome on this hike, but not on the side trip to the falls. SCPRO requests an optional $2 donation from each hiker, to support leader training, website, and other expenses. Jan. 12, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm; Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, Potomac. More information and registration.
 
Learn the methods used by Native Americans to carve canoes from trees. In this three-part series, learn a new piece of the process each month while building a dugout canoe for the Center! Traditional techniques will be followed as closely as possible to create this masterpiece. Dig into this exploration of history! $3 person. For ages 13+. Jan. 12, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm; Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon. More information and registration.
 
Join the Baltimore Bird Club for a half-day trip in search of winter waterfowl, raptors, and passerines. Half-mile trail leads to a point overlooking Dundee Creek. Recommended for young birders and their parents. Boots advisable, telescopes useful. Jan. 13, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm; Marshy Point Park, Baltimore. More details.
 
Join a naturalist for a 1.5 mile-hike to look for animal tracks. Learn the best places to look for tracks and find out whose tracks you are most likely to find! Bring a notebook to record your findings! Dress in layers for the weather and bring water. Ages 6+. Free with park admission. This program is eligible for the Junior Ranger Green Hat program. Jan. 12, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm; Patapsco Valley State Park – McKeldin Area, Marriotsville. More details.
 
Anacostia River bald eagle, Kaitlyn Dolan, Chesapeake Bay Program
 
The park and trail offer excellent habitat for wintering birds, including gulls, sparrows, and other passerines. The newly opened Anacostia River Trail extends south from Bladensburg Waterfront Park, passing an old landfill site that has now been restored as a grassland, with an adjacent restored freshwater marsh. This is the site that hosted a Harris’s Sparrow last winter. More information about the site. Jan. 12, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm; Bladensburg Waterfront Park, Bladensburg. More details.
 
Featured Trips in Virginia
 
The Potomac Overlook Park naturalist is excited to introduce you to his favorite bud – the tulip poplar bud of course! Learn tricks to identifying trees in the wintertime using bark, buds, leaf scars, and more. Appropriate for adults or families with children ages 6 and up. Meet at the nature center. $10 per participant. Jan. 12, 9:00 am to 10:00 am; Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington.Registration and more information.
 
Join a ranger from High Bridge Trail State Park to learn about the science behind winter. Why is winter going to turn into spring? How do seasons really work? Create your own season “Wheel of the Year” to take home to continue exploring season changes with your family. Free and open to all ages. Jan. 13, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm; High Bridge Trail State Park, Green Bay. More information.
 
Come and play Agents of Discovery, a fun and educational, mobile-based app that takes you across Potomac Overlook Regional Park as you complete challenges and learn about animals, nature and more! Meet at the nature center where a naturalist will help you download and learn how to use the app, and then you can set off into the park to complete as many challenges as you can! Complete all challenges and report back to the naturalist to receive a special prize! Please make sure you come with a mobile device that is ready to download the app or have the app pre-downloaded. Program is free to all participants and registration not required. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Jan. 13, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington. More information.
 
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Blackwater Is Getting Bigger!
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge  has added 155 newly-protected acres of land in its Nanticoke Unit. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Chesapeake Conservancy have teamed up to create Blackwater’s first perpetual conservation easements, ensuring these lands will be protected from development. The protection will ensure that these properties remain valuable habitat for birds and other animals. “These are the first easements within Blackwater in its history since the refuge was established in 1933. They harness the power of collaboration with both landowners and organizations such as Chesapeake Conservancy in order to conserve valuable habitat for a variety of wildlife along the Nanticoke, ranging from black and wood ducks to osprey and eagles,” said Marcia Pradines, complex manager for Chesapeake marshlands. Read moreabout these easements and the owners who made them possible.

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Cabin Fever? Go On a Winter Wildlife Safari
While it might seem like a period of inactivity for many wildlife and our deciduous trees, some species are still out and about. So bundle up the kids and head outdoors. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has some great tips and learning aids to keep the whole family occupied learning about what various animals are up to in the winter. There’s the guide to common animal tracks and a guide to skulls  of animals commonly found in our area. Before you head out you can print out some ideas for a Winter Scavenger Hunt or for a Winter Conifer Quest.

Explore the Current, Weather and Captain John Smith’s Historic Voyage with CBIBS!

Head out on the water and learn first hand the experiences of Captain John Smith’s Voyage on NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay interpretive Buoy System. CBIBS provides real time weather and environmental information, as well as a glimpse into living Chesapeake Bay History. You can also download the app for your Android or iPhone or Dial-a-Buoy at 877-Buoy-Bay!

Chesapeake Trail Riverview

Take a virtual tour of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail from your computer or mobile device! To help you plan your trip before you go, the Chesapeake Conservancy partnered with Terrain360 to bring you virtual tours of the trail’s great rivers. Sit back and virtually explore the Elk, James (sponsored by the James River Association), Nanticoke, Northeast, Patapsco, Patuxent, Potomac, Rappahannock, Sassafras, Susquehanna, and York rivers. Check out some of the Chesapeake’s special places like Werowocomoco, Fones Cliffs, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Mallows Bay. We hope to eventually bring you a virtual tour of the entire Chesapeake Trail! Explore the Chesapeake’s great rivers on our  website.

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