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Featured Trips in Maryland

Join in with the Sierra club to explore Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. This three-mile walk takes you through meadows, along the edge of a pond, through the woods and along the shore of the Patuxent River. You can practice winter tree identification, look for animal tracks and see what birds are out and about. This is a natural surface trail with some hilly spots and some branches and roots to step over. This outing is best for adults and children ages 8 and up. Feb. 17, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm; Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Upper Marlboro. More details.
Look for green plants that seek the winter sun and trees with telltale bark. Plants of interest include mosses, cranefly orchid, magnolia and holly leaves, and the green stems of strawberry bush and greenbrier. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about nutrition. $30 for nonmembers. Feb. 16, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm; Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. More details and registration.
Choose between Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s romantic, four-course dinner in a stationary heritage dining car or a three-hour excursion to Frostburg with dinner and a chance to play the railroad’s version of the Newlywed Game. The evening stationary train dinner is available on Feb. 14 and 16, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Romance on the Rails Excursion (with four-course meal) is available February 16 and 17, 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, Cumberland.
Rosemary Freitas Williams, an award-winning journalist with over thirty years’ experience covering local, national and international news, will paint a vivid image of Annapolis with tales of violent skirmishes between outlaw oyster poachers, the crabbing rage of the twentieth century, the slight-of-hand trick by the Secretary of Navy that brought the US Naval Academy to Annapolis, and the city’s Golden Age of Sailing. Stunning vintage images will complete the presentation. Admission $10. Feb. 21, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm; Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. More details.

Featured Trips in Virginia

Grab your favorite sweetheart for this one-of-a-kind winter walk. After a brisk winter walk as the sun sets, warm up by the fire with warm cider, wine, charcuterie board and chocolate. Take home a flower and small goodie bag! This event is for individuals 21+. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. $35/nonmember couple. Feb. 16, 5:15 pm to 7:15 pm; Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve, Portsmouth. Registration and more information.
Love is in the air…and literally, for these beautiful birds of prey! Join Potomac Overlook Regional Park to discuss the mating habits of these animals during their breeding season and get a picture with our resident barred owl! $5 per participant. Ages 4 and up. Meet at the nature center. Feb. 16, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm; Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington. Registration.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual program of the Cornell University Ornithology Lab and the National Audubon Society. Seasoned and first time birders are invited to count the various species of birds at the park including eagles, song birds, and waterfowl. Spend as much, or as little time as you wish. For more information about this project, please visit the GBBC website. Free and open to all ages. Feb. 16, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; York River State Park, Portsmouth. More details.
Time to get outside and enjoy the snowy landscape on this Sierra Club circuit hike starting and ending at the Manassas Battlefield Visitor Center. Follow the blue trail, as well as other side trails around the park and get a seasonal perspective of this hike of up to 12 miles and 500 ft. elevation. Dress in layers and bring a lunch and water. $2 donation requested to support Sierra Club programs. Feb. 15, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm; Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas. More details.
Celebrate the first president of the United States on the most exciting day of the year! Admission is free! Witness a presidential tribute featuring a wreathlaying at Washington’s Tomb. Watch Continental soldiers of the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard conduct a marching drill, fire their guns, and charge at their enemy in an exciting military demonstration on the bowling green. After the smoke clears, listen to the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps play patriotic music. The Old Guard concludes the ceremony with a gun salute to the first president. All day long, “pose like the prez” in front of the life-sized version of Gilbert Stuart’s Lansdowne painting. Feb. 18, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Mount Vernon Estate, Mount Vernon. Complete schedule.

Featured Trips in Delaware

Take a tour in a rustic hay wagon and learn about the natural and cultural history of Trap Pond in Delaware. Find out about the Native Americans, pioneers and farmers who were here before us. $5 per Adult; $3 per children 12 and under. Feb. 16, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Trap Pond State Park, Laurel. More details and registration.

Featured Trips in Pennsylvania

Spend an evening on the trails of Bald Eagle as the full moon rises above you! This “super moon” will be extra special as it will be the closest and largest of all the full moons in 2019. Participants will be hiking about 2 miles on the Skyline Trail. This program will be cancelled in the event of rain, total cloud cover, or hazardous road conditions. Feb. 19, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm; Bald Eagle State Park, Howard. More details.

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Carolina Wren, James Phelps, Maryland DNR.
The Great Backyard Bird Count,
February 15-18
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count  was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. You are invited to participate. For at last 15 minutes on one or more of the count tally the numbers of kinds of birds you see. You can count anywhere—at home, or if you like joining other birders, choose from a nearby events, including several in this newsletter. You can report your sightings online at

Tip of the Week

You won’t want to miss this special yearlong exhibition, TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia, currently on display at Jamestown Settlement. Hear stories of the first English women in the Virginia colony beginning in 1608 and the Powhatan Indian women they encountered. Discover stories of an English woman who arrived in 1608 at the age of 14 as a maidservant; a Virginia Indian woman who was recognized by the colonial government as the “Queen of the Pamunkey” and ruled until her death in 1686; an African woman who arrived in 1623 and labored on a Virginia plantation and later gained her freedom and became a landowner in Virginia. These stories and more, many never told before, are augmented with artifacts and images on display in America for the first time. Find out more about the exhibition.

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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