Winter Woodland Workday
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 9:00AM-12:00 PM
Come out and join us at Pickering Creek Audubon Center for our Winter Woodland Workday. We'll finish removing excess leaves from the yard of the office and mulch our picnic areas. Then we’ll head into the woods to continue removal of invasive periwinkle, privet, and ivy and in our woodlands. We'll do as much as we can get done. The more people who join in, the merrier it will be. We’ll wrap up or mornings efforts with a warm beverage (hot chocolate, coffee, tea) and a short preview of other upcoming volunteer activities
Very Birdy Craft Day
Monday, February 10, 2020, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
$5 per person
Looking to add some color into someone’s life? Come to Pickering Creek to make birdfeeders for overwintering species, create beautiful and unique bird crafts and make some homemade binoculars to help you gear up and get ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Recommended for ages 3-6, but all ages are welcome! REGISTER HERE
Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 15, 2020, 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Join us at Pickering Creek for the Great Backyard Bird Count on Saturday, February 15 with activities for adults and families from 9am-12pm. Work with experienced birders for a morning of bird watching and counting on a center-wide winter bird survey. Adult-only teams will cover most of our regular e-Bird monitoring routes that are covered on a monthly basis. A family-friendly bird walk is also scheduled, complete with a scavenger hunt for little ones. All visitors are invited to wrap up the morning’s activities with hot chocolate, coffee or tea at the Center office. REGISTER HERE
Birds & Brews: Flight of the Timberdoodle
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 , 7:30PM - 9:00PM
$10 per person
As winter breaks and spring begins to emerge, the timberdoodle start dancing. At dusk the male woodcock spirals into the sky, creating a trilling sound with its wings. Then he descends, fluttering, warbling and zigzagging back to the spot he began. This unusual mating ritual will take place in Pickering Creeks’ warm season grass meadows which provide ideal habitat for this annual late winter event. We’ll spend a portion of our time in our rustic classroom learning the basics about this unique upland shorebird before going out at dusk, with a local brew in hand, to listen to the sounds of the evening, including owls, frogs and ducks overhead before focusing in on hearing and seeing the woodcocks display. REGISTER HERE
Nature writing: Spring Sonnets & Vibrant Verses
Friday, 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
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.
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.
5th Annual Seed and Plant Swap
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.
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. REGISTER HERE
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.