Nature writing: Spring Sonnets & Vibrant Verses
CANCELLED Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5:30PM – 7:00PM
$5 per person
Whether you’re a loquacious lyricist or a trepidatious transcendentalist, we all appreciate and express our love of nature in our own unique way. Join us as we explore Pickering Creek for poetic inspiration, visit the Gilbert Byron house and read selections of poems inspired by nature.
Spring Trail Day- Saturday Service Day
CANCELLED Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9:00AM-12:00 PM
Help us prepare our woodland trails for visitors and spring school field trips. This is a great day to come out with family and friends. There are tasks appropriate for all ages. We will be mulching the Farm to Bay trail, clearing debris off of the wooden bridges along the trail tidying up and replacing trail liners, and pruning and clipping as needed.
POSTPONED Friday, March 27, 2020, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
$5 per person
The show must go on, especially if you are an amphibian waking up from your winter slumber! Join Pickering Creek naturalists as we explore our property for pitch perfect frog choruses, shy salamanders & theatrical toads. Learn to identify frog songs, make some calls of your own and wander our wetlands to find frog, toads and tadpoles of all shapes and sizes. When all the world’s a stage, everyone is welcome to join our Pickering Creek chorus!
POSTPONED Friday, April 10, 2020, 7:00PM – 9:00PM
$5 per person
Who’s calling so loudly at night? Come out and join Pickering Creek naturalists as we venture out into the spring night in search of our nocturnal feathered friends. We’ll hike around the wetlands, meadows and forests in search of Barred, Great Horned or Eastern Screech owls during our annual owl prowl. REGISTRATION WILL RESTART UPON CENTER REOPENING AND PROGRAMS RESTARTING
5th Annual Seed and Plant Swap
CANCELLED Saturday, April 18, 2020, 9:00AM-12:00 PM
Get ready for Earth Day during our 5th Annual Plant and Seed Swap at Pickering Creek. The public is invited to come out and share their garden treasures with others by bringing along plants and seeds to share. Pickering will host several activities highlighting the value of native plants in healthy yards and wild landscapes. Volunteers are needed to assist with plant giveaways and activities at the Pickering display table, gardening in the Byron, settlers, and entrance gardens, and leading informal tours to highlight native plants found in those spaces. We can also use the extra hands both before and during the plant swap to prep and care for native plant seedlings we plan to give away during the swap.
Ephemeral Beauty: A Spring Forest Walk
POSTPONED Saturday, April 18, 2020, 12 – 1:30 pm
$5 per person
Enjoy a walk through Pickering Creek’s woodlands as we search for spring ephemerals! On this walk you will be encouraged to explore off-trail as we search the leaf litter for these elusive, often tiny flowers. These blooms are vital food sources for pollinators after a long and barren winter but they don’t stay long, so make sure to come out and see these beautiful fleeting blossoms! REGISTRATION WILL RESTART UPON CENTER REOPENING AND PROGRAMS RESTARTING
Birding at Nassawango Creek with Wayne Bell
Friday, May 1, 2020, 7:45AM-4:00PM
$45 per person
Join expert birder Wayne Bell for a delightful day exploring the marshes around Nassawango Creek in Wicomico County during the peak of spring migration. Last year’s trip yielded great looks at Scarlet Tanagers, Prothonotary Warblers, Ovenbird, American Redstart and other assorted vireos, flycatchers and warblers. We’ll also visit one of the oldest baldcypresses on the Shore during are travels along the back roads of Wicomico County. Bring your own lunch and water bottles. We’ll have extra binoculars and novices are welcome!
Transportation by van provided from the Easton Airport parking lot at 7:45 am or the Dorchester Visitors Center at 8:15 am. We’ll return to Easton at between 3 and 4pm. REGISTRATION WILL RESTART UPON CENTER REOPENING AND PROGRAMS RESTARTING
Azalea Bloom with Author Bryan Mackay
May 2, 2020
$85 Per Person with Lunch and Transportation
The National Arboretum is one of the lesser known gems of Washington, DC, but nowhere else are the glories of spring so abundantly displayed. We expect more than 50,000 azaleas to be near peak flowering! We'll stroll the wood chip paths of Azalea Hill in search of the perfect bush. The National Bonsai Museum never fails to enchant, and the National Capitol Columns adorn a nearby meadow. Finally, we'll walk the trails of Fern Valley in search of native wildflowers, where our naturalist guide and author of Hike Maryland and A Year Across Maryland, Bryan MacKay will delight you with tales of botanical trivia. To cap off the morning, we'll enjoy a gourmet lunch at picnic tables under large shade trees. Van transportation from Pickering Creek to the National Arboretum provided. Call 410-822-4903. REGISTRATION WILL RESTART UPON CENTER REOPENING AND PROGRAMS RESTARTING
Birding Tour of Easton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Saturday, May 9, 2020
7:00- 10:30 AM
$10 per person
When we think of ideal spots for viewing nature, it’s unlikely that our local wastewater treatment plant springs to mind. But, the reality is that these locations often turn up some amazing and uncommon birds! Join Pickering Creek naturalists on a guided tour of the Easton wastewater treatment plant in April for a chance to see some lingering waterfowl, like Wood Duck and Teal, as well as other spring migrants like warblers and wrens. If we’re lucky, we’ll even hear some secretive marsh rails! Meet at the Acme parking lot in Easton at 6:55AM REGISTRATION WILL RESTART UPON CENTER REOPENING AND PROGRAMS RESTARTING
Climate Watch Birding Survey- Saturday Service Day
Saturday, May 16, 2020, 8:00 AM -11:00 AM
Help Audubon learn more about how birds are responding to climate change by participating in Pickering Creek Audubon Center’s Climate Watch Survey day. Climate Watch aims to document species’ responses to climate change by having volunteers in the field look for birds where Audubon’s climate models project they should be in the 2020s. Join our team of bird watchers who work together to document specific species of birds during the three-hour survey period. We’ll be van or carpooling to each of the survey points. Bird watchers of all levels of skill and experience are welcome. REGISTRATION WILL RESTART UPON CENTER REOPENING AND PROGRAMS RESTARTING
Spring Whimsy: A Bug Bonanza
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
$5 per child
Join Pickering Creek naturalists as we explore the amazing world of wonderful wrigglers, cool creepy crawlies, beautiful butterflies, bombastic beetles and all things bugs! Your little ones will help flip logs to find ants and worms, listen to stories about bees and ladybugs and run through our meadows catching butterflies! Recommended for ages 3-6 but the whole family is welcome to join in the fun. REGISTRATION WILL RESTART UPON CENTER REOPENING AND PROGRAMS RESTARTING
Tour, Toast & Taste
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Join us at one of Easton's most spectacular waterfront estates and support the work of Pickering Creek Audubon Center to connect people with birds and the habitats they need. Food, drink, live and silent auction and more!