Programs

Upcoming Online Events

WEBINAR: Talking Turkey (& other gamebirds)
Monday, November 23, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
$5.00 per person

While songbirds & raptors might get the spotlight the rest of the year, this month is all about Turkeys and upland game birds! Delmarva is home to many wild turkey, bobwhite quails and doves but do you know the best places to find these birds who like to strut their stuff? Join Pickering Creek naturalists as we discuss what make these birds unique and what we can do to help their populations on the Eastern Shore.

Harrison is a Teacher Naturalist at Pickering Creek Audubon Center. He is fascinated and amused by upland gamebirds like turkeys and quails and has watched these smart and cunning birds survive and thrive on the Eastern Shore for years.  REGISTER


Webinar: Bird Friendly Pantry
Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$7.00 per person

What does Bird Friendly mean? Bird Friendly coffee come from farms using a combination of foliage cover, tree height and biodiversity to provide quality habitat for birds and other wildlife. Join us to learn more about coffee and other pantry items that are bird friendly. This program will be presented in partnership with Kenneth Elkins from Bent of the River Audubon Center in Connecticut. REGISTER

About Ken: Every birder or nature-lover has a genesis moment—the point at which their passion is born. For Audubon Education Program Manager Ken Elkins, the moment he got hooked was at age 10 when he noticed and observed the birds at his grandmother's feeders at her home in Vermont. The experience was fascinating, and Ken has been obsessed with birds and nature ever since. 

Active in the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) since he was a teenager, Ken’s later participation in Connecticut and National Envirothons led him to pursue a degree in Environmental Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry. He started his career in conservation education at Westmoor Park in West Hartford, Connecticut, and quickly moved on to The Connecticut Audubon Society (CAS) where he taught at all five of their Centers and became their Director of Education. While at Connecticut Audubon, Ken led many EcoTravel trips and organized their World Series of Birding team for eight years. 

Kids Craft Along: Nature Wreaths (Webinar)
Friday, December 4th, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Free

When the leaves fall and the temperature starts to drop, we know fall is well under way! But that doesn’t mean we still can’t bring a piece of nature inside with us to remind us of warmer days spent outdoors. Join Pickering Creek educators as we make festive wreaths out of things that we find in nature!


WEBINAR: World of Words & Wonder
Thursday, December 10, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free

Nature inspires us. Join Audubon naturalists for a virtual fireside chat featuring nature inspired poetry and prose. What stories or verses evoke the world around us? Listen in as we share works that reveal human relationships with nature.  Which ones move you? What opens you to new ways of experiencing the natural world?  Feel free to share excerpts from your own favorite poems or selections of prose to share with the group as well, whether they’re from professionals or yourself!

Samantha is a Teacher Naturalist who has spent the last decade at Pickering Creek. She enjoys gardening wildlife watching and exploring outdoors. She also enjoys reading, writing and discussing poetry and stories about our place in nature and what nature means to us. 


Kids Storytime: Winter Magic (Webinar)
Friday, December 18, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Free

Winter is a special time in the year. The trees are bare, most of the animals are gone or hibernating and the forests, wetlands and meadows at Pickering Creek seem quite. But there’s magic in the winter months as well. Join Pickering Creek educators for a storytime all about the magic of winter!


WEBINAR: The Art of Audubon: Exploring John James Audubon’s artwork
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
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. 

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! 


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.


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. 

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.

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. 


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!

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