March Programs at Pickering Creek Audubon Center

Public Programs

Woodcocks at Pickering Creek
Monday March 16, 2009, 6:30 PM
Leader: Mark Scallion
Non-member price $12, member price $5
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. Pickering Creeks’ warm season grass meadows provide ideal habitat for this annual late winter event. Dress warmly: bring a flashlight. If the weather is good we will have a campfire to follow. To register call 410-822-4903.

Farm Field Walk
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 9:00 AM
Leader: Mark Scallion
Non-member price $5, member price free
Join us as we stretch our legs across the Pickering Creek Farm Fields. We will take a jaunt to corners of the property that usually don’t get visited on this 2-4 mile walk. The terrain is flat, but can be uneven and wet in spots, so hiking boots are recommended. We will keep our eyes open overhead for soaring eagles, wood ducks and arriving osprey and migrants. To register call 410-822-4903.

Woodcocks at Pickering Creek
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 6:30 PM
Leader: Mark Scallion
Non-member price $12, member price $5
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. Pickering Creeks’ warm season grass meadows provide ideal habitat for this annual late winter event. Dress warmly: bring a flashlight. If the weather is good we will have a campfire to follow. To register call 410-822-4903.

Native Plants and Wildlife
Saturday, March 21, 10-11 AM
Members/Non-members: $2/$4
Location: Main House
Interested in attracting birds, butterflies and other friendly critters to your yard? Want to know more about native plants? Then join us for a morning of learning how important native plants are to the Eastern Shore and its ecosystems. To register call 410-822-4903.

Volunteer Events

Box Trail Maintenance Day
Saturday, March 7
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Meet at Welcome Center parking area

We’re on the quest to make 2009 the most phenomenal nesting year ever at Pickering Creek! Help us at get a jump on bluebird and wood duck trail maintenance so that the early birds get their worms—the primo nesting locations at Pickering Creek. We will relocate boxes, repaint and remark box identification numbers, mark GPS coordinates of our boxes, and cut back shrubs and trees. We will provide light refreshments and all tools and materials needed to complete tasks. To register call 410-822-4903.

Bluebird Monitoring Orientation
Tuesday, March 17
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Garden Classroom

Coming off last year’s exciting record bluebird year, Pickering Creek is gearing up for the 2009 bluebird nesting season. Bluebird trail chief Les Roslund will lead the 2009 orientation and training, which will include all of the know-how needed to monitor the boxes (and then some!) and to help appreciate the sights and enjoy the trail. Learn more about paired boxes and how to identify nests and eggs of some our favorite and not-so-favorite birds.
We also welcome visitors who have or wish to erect bluebird boxes on their property and seek information on how to properly place and install bluebird boxes and how to maintain and monitor the boxes. To register call 410-822-4903.

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