Birds and Brews: Dance of the Timberdoodle
Thursday, March 14, 2019
7:00PM to 8:30PM
$15 per person
With a local brew in hand, walk with Pickering Creek naturalists as we look for the male Timberdoodle. In early spring, the unusual Timberdoodle mating ritual fills the skies around Pickering Creek’s meadows. Enjoy of leisurely stroll as we scan for the male spiraling high in the sky then zigzagging and fluttering back to earth in hopes of attracting a mate. REGISTRATION CLOSED
Pickering Garden Day- Volunteer Event
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Help us get our gardens ready for the spring. We’ll clean out the garden beds, prune and weed as needed in Pickering gardens at the Center entrance, Byron House, the Settlers Cottage and near the office. Call 410-822-4903 to register
Designing Your Bird-Friendly Landscape
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
$20 per person
Do you love the idea of gardening to attract birds, but wonder how best to design your home landscape? Get some helpful hints on how to design your planting beds for rich bird life. Kick off spring by creating a new or improved planting plan. Find out how native plants help birds and get concrete tips for incorporating them into your yard and garden in this informative program. This workshop will cover basics you need to get started from scratch or how to enrich your existing planting beds with bird-friendly natives. REGISTER by Monday, March 18, 2019 at 5pm.
Whimsey: Fairy and Gnome Houses
Friday, March 22, 2019
$5 per person
Can you help the fairies and gnomes rebuild their homes for spring? Bring your little ones to come explore the magic of a 100-year-old forest at Pickering Creek and ignite their imagination to build small shelters in the woods for our fairy friends. We'll build, play, and listen to a story under the beech trees and hope for a glimpse of some woodland creatures! REGISTER by Friday, March 22, 2019 at 12pm.
Birds and Blooms Paddle
Thursday, April 18, 2019
$20 per person
Come explore Pickering Creek from the water! Springtime is here and our Ospreys, Barn Swallows, Purple Martins and many other birds are arriving again in Maryland after their long migration. We will be canoeing our waterways looking for wildlife and spring blooms along the creek. Canoes, basic instruction, and PFD’s provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes that secure tightly to your feet (no flip-flops!). REGISTER by Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 12pm.
4th Annual Community Plant and Seed Swap
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Free of Charge
Celebrate Earth Day outdoors at Pickering Creek. Bring a few treasures and treats from your own garden to the Community Plant and Seed Swap. Native plants are highly encouraged. Bring plant divisions, cuttings, seeds, or seedlings of your favorite native garden plants and exchange them for FREE with other community members. Annuals, perennials, herbs, fruits/vegetables, shrubs, and trees are all welcome. Stay for a picnic or a walk around the grounds of Pickering Creek Audubon Center, which is open free of charge from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. Check out some of Pickering Creek's bird-friendly garden spaces for ideas and inspiration. Master Gardeners, Chesapeake Herb Society members, and volunteers will be available to answer all of your gardening questions. No pre-registration required
Spring Migration Up Close!
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Rain Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
$85 per person
Join Pickering Creek educators for an incredible field trip to Chestertown to visit Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory and witness bird banding up close! Listen for the distinctive bob...white! song while visiting restored grasslands to hear about recovering quail and sparrows. Learn directly from skilled field ecologists as they measure and band migratory and local birds in the middle of the spring season. Get an up-close look at warblers, vireos, thrushes and more and hear how the data collected at Foreman’s Branch tells a story about bird patterns, health and future. Limited to 11 participants. Meet at Pickering Creek at 6:30AM before departing in the Pickering Creek van. Some snacks will be provided. The van will return to Pickering Creek by noon. REGISTER by Friday, May 3, 2019 at 12pm
Herb Garden Tour and Tea
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
$5 per person
Tour the herb garden at Pickering Creek with Chesapeake Bay Herb Society members. Breathe in the fragrant spring air as you learn about commonly known culinary herbs. Wander the winding garden pathways and search for visiting pollinators like butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Enjoy some Herbal Tea and Herbal Cookies and take home some herbs to share. REGISTER by Monday, May 22, 2019 at 5pm
"Down by the Bay” at Pickering!
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
4:30PM – 6:30PM
$5 per person
Pickering Creek leads into the Chesapeake Bay and is home to many different aquatic species. Want to know more about the different types of fish that live in the Chesapeake Bay? Have you ever wanted to try out fishing and wanted some instruction? Learn how to fish and seine and practice identifying what you find with Pickering Creek naturalists! Come on out for this fun hands-on activity for all ages! Fishing rods and bait provided. REGISTER by Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 12pm