Programs

Upcoming Online Events

SERIES: Connecting through Climate and Culture 
Thursdays, Sept. 17, Oct. 1 and Oct 15 
7:00PM-8:30PM 
$30/person for all three

Learn to communicate effectively and meaningfully about climate change in this series with Coreen Weilminster and Mary Helen Gillen. This three-part online workshop will explore our perceptions of climate change and will use art and creativity to make connections between climate science, conversations, and action. REGISTER HERE

Mary Helen Gillen is Pickering Creek Audubon Center's Education Manager, and has been teaching and talking about climate change with students and adults for six years. Mary Helen draws her climate change connections through sharing her affection for butterflies, birds and her experiences visiting natural spaces across the United States.  

Coreen Weilminster is the education coordinator for Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Her work focuses on climate change education, and she has played an active role with many local, state, and federal initiatives, including Partners Advancing Climate Change Education, National Network of Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, National Geographic Society’s FieldScope Curriculum on Sea Level Rise, Maryland Commission on Climate Change, and the White House Champions of Change Place-Based Climate Education Work Group. Coreen is dedicated to building awareness of the science of climate change and promoting resiliency in local communities. She combines the best available data, creative storytelling and other productive ways to communicate solutions and opportunities for action.  
 

Birds and Birding in Our Eastern Shore Backyard with Dr. Wayne Bell
Thursdays, Sept. 10, Oct. 15 and Nov. 12, 2020

2:30-4:00 PM EST
This fall course is offered as a collaboration between Chesapeake Forum and Pickering Creek Audubon Center. This fall will focus on common and not-so-common songbirds that grace our Eastern Shore backyards and parks. The course will span September, October, and November to enable us to see departing summer residents and arriving winter residents as well as those species that grace our landscapes year 'round. We'll see familiar species like Northern Cardinal and Blue Jay. We'll also see birds that are often overlooked such as Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Savannah Sparrow, and yes, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. No birding experience is necessary but you may be surprised at how many species you already know! There will be one Zoom class session each month interspersed with at least two field trips to local destinations in between each class. Gather up your binoculars and join us for a birder's-eye view of the place we call home. Enrollment limited. Registration is through the Chesapeake Forum here
 

IN PERSON: Fall Migration Bird Walk
Saturday, September 19, 2020
7:00 – 9:00 AM EST
$5.00 per person 

The last several months has made new birders out of many of us! Observing birds through our windows, yards, and neighborhoods provides a glimpse into the exciting behavior and colorful plumage that makes birding so fun! Take your new hobby a step further by joining Pickering Creek naturalists for a fun fall bird walk around the Center! We’ll look for fall migrants making their way south as well as year-long residents in the wetlands, meadows, forests and garden areas, all while maintaining physical distance. Delight in the diversity of warblers, waterfowl and sparrows as species migrate south or stop at Pickering Creek to spend the winter. Space is limited. Pre-registration and masks are required. Registration coming soon!

Mary Helen is Pickering's Education Coordinator and avid bird and butterfly watcher. As a seasoned Naturalist, she knows where to go to look for the best diversity of birds around Pickering Creek throughout the year.

WEBINAR: Survival on the Brink: Can Birds Endure the Age of Humans?
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
7:00 – 8:00 PM EST
FREE

Humans have relied on birds for thousands of years, from food to decoration, cultural history to scientific research. But how are avian populations going to survive in an increasingly hostile world during the Anthropocene, the new global epoch dominated by human by human activity? Join Pickering Creek Naturalists as we talk about topics like climate change, avian mortality from human sources, habitat loss and more. Click to register in advance for this great program! 

Harrison is a Teacher Naturalist at Pickering Creek who studied avian mortality in urban areas at Clemson University. His research included investigating average yearly mortality rates from building collisions as well as wildlife friendly architecture, engineering and design.

WEBINAR: Kids Craft Along: Tremendous Trees
Friday, October 2, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
FREE

Trees are amazing! Here at Pickering Creek, we like to celebrate trees every day! Join Pickering Creek Educators as we make some cool tree crafts while also learning about the parts of a tree and what makes trees so awesome. Recommended for ages 4-8 but everyone is welcome! Register here! 

Mary Helen is Pickering's Education Coordinator who loves to teach about all the plants and animals that call Pickering Creek home. She especially likes to use arts, crafts and stories to connect children with the nature that surrounds them.

WEBINAR: Keystones: The importance of just one species
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
7:00 – 8:00 PM EST
FREE

Ecosystems are fragile things, relying on every member of the biological community to fulfill their role to maintain its delicate balance. However, some species play such an important role that if they were to be removed, the entire ecosystem would be under threat. Join Pickering Creek Naturalists as we discuss how keystone species impact their habitat as well as some local examples. Register in advance to attend this webinar! 

Harrison is a Teacher Naturalist at Pickering Creek who loves to teach about the intricacies of our natural world. He loves to highlight how everything is connected and how human actions can have unintended consequences for our natural world. 

IN PERSON: Fall migration Whimsy: Hello & Goodbye!
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
4:00 – 6:00 PM EST
$5.00 per child

Help us say hello to new friends and goodbye to old friends during our fall migration whimsy. You and your little ones can enjoy stories about why animals migrate, as well as play some fun migration games and help us build nature homes for animals coming to stay at Pickering Creek for the winter. Recommended for ages 3-7 but everybody is welcome! Registration coming soon!

Sammi Ocher is Pickering's EcoCamp Director and Teacher Naturalist who loves to teach about animals and plants of all shapes and sizes through art, play and exploration.

WEBINAR: Mammals of Pickering Creek
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
7:00 – 8:00 PM EST
FREE

From large white tailed deer to the smallest mouse, Pickering Creek Audubon Center is home to mammals of all shapes and sizes. Join Pickering Creek Naturalists as we discuss what mammals you can find throughout the property. Whether you’re a master of all things mammalian or you still have trouble telling apart your moles from your voles, this program is perfect for everyone! Register in advance to attend this webinar! 

Samantha is a Teacher Naturalist who has spent the last decade at Pickering Creek. Over the past 10 years she’s seen and taught about the mammals that call the forests, fields and wetlands home including White-Tail deer, Foxes, several species of Squirrels and more.

IN PERSON: Halloween Eve Night Hike at Pickering Creek
Friday, October 30, 2020
8:00 – 10:00 PM EST
$5.00 per person

Join Pickering Creek Naturalists as we wander our wetlands and woods to see what goes bump in the night. Keep an eye out for owls flying silently overhead and raccoons walking to their favorite eating spot. If you’ve never been in the woods at night, this is the perfect adventure for you! Registration coming soon!

Mary Helen is Pickering's Education Coordinator who loves to spend time in the forests, fields and wetlands that make up the over 400 acres of land at Pickering Creek. Having spent years teaching on the property, she can tell you everything about the surrounding local even in the dark!

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