Programs

Upcoming Online Events

WEBINAR: The Art of Audubon: Exploring John James Audubon’s artwork
Wednesday, POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS
RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 3rd. 
If you have already registered, you are all set for the 3rd.
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
$5.00 per person

Nature & art go hand in hand. The beauty and majesty of our surroundings have been inspiring artists for centuries to paint, sketch, draw, photograph and more. Join Pickering Creek Naturalists as we discuss the artwork of John James Audubon and the complicated legacy he left behind.  REGISTER HERE

Harrison is a life-long art enthusiast and appreciator as well as a Teacher Naturalist at Pickering Creek. From sweeping Hudson River valley artworks to contemporary mixed-media art, Harrison is always interested in the aesthetic, emotional, spiritual and poignant messages that artists are trying to inspire with their work. 


Kids Craft Along: Happy Hibernation (Webinar)
Friday, January 22, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Free

Who’s sleeping in that cave? What about that warm nest in that tree? How do animals survive during the cold and snowy winters in Maryland? Join us for an afternoon of arts and crafts about hibernating animals during the winter!  REGISTER

WEBINAR: Deciphering Winter Bird Behavior
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free

Ever wonder how overwintering birds survive the cold? Though we’re all familiar with the sight of Canada Geese and other species flying south for the winter in search of more resources, other residential species find ways to stick it out locally. Some have physical adaptations to help them beat the cold, while others change their behaviors. Join us to find out more, and to learn what you can do to help birds all winter long.

Sammi majored in Animal Behavior at Franklin and Marshall College, and studied dominance hierarchies in overwintering Carolina Chickadees for her independent senior research project. She’s always been fascinated by why certain animal behaviors have evolved, and how we can study behavior to aid conservation efforts. REGISTER

Comics with a Naturalist’s Knowledge with Rosemary Mosco 
Thursday, February 11
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7:00 - 8:00 PM
$7/ per person

Pickering Creek is pleased to announce that Rosemary Mosco, the creator of Bird and Moon Comics and the New York Times best-selling book, "The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid," will join us virtually for an engaging talk on sharing science and humor through her art. Delight in Rosemary’s whimsical depictions of birds, reptiles, mammals, and more while picking up marvelous tidbits to share at your next (virtual) dinner party! This program will enchant, fascinate and inspire – you don’t want to miss it!

Rosemary Mosco is a science writer and cartoonist. Her Bird and Moon nature comics were the subject of an award-winning exhibit at Cornell's Museum of the Earth, and they're collected in the book, "Birding Is My Favorite Video Game", a 2019 ALA Great Graphic Novel for Teens. She co-wrote the New York Times best-selling book, "The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid" and wrote a graphic novel about the solar system. She speaks at birding festivals and nature clubs. Otherwise, she spends a lot of time out in the field, taking pictures of eye-wateringly tiny butterflies. REGISTER
 

WEBINAR: Getting Ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count
Friday, February 12, 2021
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
FREE

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Join Audubon Staff to help us kick off the GBBC weekend with birdy crafts, activities and bird watching challenges and get ready to share sharing birding stories online all weekend.  REGISTER HERE

Samantha is a Teacher Naturalist who has spent the last decade at Pickering Creek. She enjoys gardening wildlife watching and exploring outdoors. She is especially interested in helping people of all ages experience moments of wonder outdoors and build their own connections to the natural world around them. 


WEBINAR: Puffins & Petrels: Seabirds in the Field
Wednesday, February, 17, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
$5.00 per person

Seabirds spend most of their lives over (or under) the water, miles away from the shore. The only reliable way to study them is by living amongst them when they form summer breeding colonies in the thousands on small uninhabited islands. Learn what makes seabirds like puffins, albatross, and storm-petrels so special, find out what techniques we use to study them, and discover how scientists use this information to strengthen ecosystem-wide conservation efforts. REGISTER HERE

Sammi has her Master’s in Marine Biology, where focused on using models to study the population dynamics of the Wandering Albatross. She has spent several summers conducting seabird field research, including with Project Puffin in Maine, where she took a plethora of pictures that she’d love to use to share her passion for seabirds!

WEBINAR: A Conversation on Corvids
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free

Corvids are some of the smartest birds on the planet. They can solve complex puzzles, recognize human faces & work cooperatively to achieve a goal. While they might be seen as common place, they are truly spectacular birds that deserve some recognition! So join Pickering Creek Audubon Center educators as we talk about ravens, crows & bluejays and why these birds are so intelligent. 

Harrison is a Teacher Naturalist at Pickering Creek Audubon Center. As an avid Baltimore Ravens fan and a fan of actual ravens, crows and Jays, he likes to talk about these raucous birds that are often overlooked for their more colorful cousins. REGISTER HERE

WEBINAR: Nature’s Best Hope with Entomologist Doug Tallamy
March 15, 2021
7:00PM-8:30PM
$7.00 per person

Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us.  Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Join Pickering Creek as Dr. Doug Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.  REGISTER HERE

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 104 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug's new book 'Nature's Best Hope' released by Timber Press in February 2020, is a New York Times Best Seller. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award. 


WEBINAR: Animal Similes: Fact Or Fiction
Thursday, March 18, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free

Are bats actually blind, bees truly busy? Just how happy are clams? Join Pickering Creek naturalists to find out the truth about these common animal-related sayings and more, and you’ll become wise as an owl! REGISTER HERE

A World on the Wing: A Talk with Author Scott Weidensaul  
Thursday, April 1st, 2021 
7-8:30 PM 
$10.00 per person

A World on the Wing, the newest book from acclaimed nature writer Scott Weidensaul, is at once a celebration of global bird migration, an exploration of our rapidly evolving understanding of the science that underpins it, and a cautionary tale of the challenges humans have placed in the way of migrating birds. It conveys both the wonder of bird migration and its global sweep, from the mudflats of the Yellow Sea in China to the wilderness of central Alaska, the remote mountains of northeastern India to the dusty hills of southern Cyprus. A World on the Wing is also the story of Weidensaul's own journey over the past two decades from a deeply interested amateur to someone immersed in migration research, using cutting-edge technology to answer questions that have fascinated him all his life--and, with fellow scientists, researchers, and bird lovers, trying to preserve global migratory patterns in the face of climate change and other looming challenges. REGISTER

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