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100K Waterfowl Visit MD Sanctuary + London Town offers activities

MARYLAND – Over 100,000 waterfowl visit a Maryland sanctuary each year. You can cycle for miles of trails and explore the refuge this winter.

Historic London Town and Gardens has winter events for families in Edgewater. Four other interactive nature offers are also available. In addition, a Kwanzaa story hour is being prepared at a local museum.

Patch recently partnered with several local organizations to bring you their latest news. This guest contribution comes from National Park Service Chesapeake Walkways and Chesapeake Conservatory. Here’s what Jody Hedeman Couser submitted to help you explore Chesapeake Bay:

Waterfowl watching at Eastern Neck

Oriental Neck National Wildlife Reserve, located at the mouth of the Chester River in Kent County, is an important feeding and resting place for migrating and wintering waterfowl. Over 100,000 ducks, geese and swans find refuge here each year, as do migrating and breeding songbirds and shorebirds, and bald eagles that thrive here year round. Almost nine miles of trails and roads, including universally accessible boardwalks and a waterfront trail, provide excellent wildlife viewing and spectacular views of Chesapeake Bay. The refuge is very easy to navigate and enjoy, with plenty of interpretive signs, well-marked trails and walks, and can even be enjoyed from the comfort of your car. Brochure and maps. Up-to-date waterfowl surveys and events at the refuge. Guided winter walks will be offered on January 1, February 5, and March 5, 2022. Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Rock Hall, MD. More information.

“What bird are you?

Trying to figure out which bird description is right for you is just one of the fun activities you can try out with our friends from City and Gardens of London. Other unique activities and crafts include banana scrimshaw, a neighborhood scavenger hunt, bird seed cookie making, cold pickle making, and seed paper making (great gift idea). Fun family activities in the City of London.

“Exciting, practical, interactive …

Winter provides visitors with an incredible opportunity to explore some of the many possibilities for off-the-beaten-path adventure, such as the Delmarva Discovery Center and Museum in the east coast town of Pocomoke City. Superstar Otters Tuck and Mac are not to be missed, but the Discovery Center has much more to offer visitors of all ages, from the touch pool, the multi-level steamboat exhibit, the reptiles, the hour of the night. otter meal, a model cypress swamp and a real beaver lodge. Children and the kids at heart can crawl through the two entrances and enjoy a unique view of a lodge from inside. From now until January 4, you will be able to enjoy the Train Garden Display offered by the Pocomoke Area Model Train Club. Preview what to expect when you visit the museum with blogger Julie Dieguez A hidden otter gem in the friendliest town on the east coast.

Winter birds of the Chesapeake

This activity at the Calvert Marine Museum is perfect for future birders in the family. Check out a birding kit to use along the museum’s swamp walk, and play one or two parts of the bird migration game. Create a take-home pine cone bird feeder (limited supply, while supplies last). The activities are suitable for 5-10 year olds. Program included with admission to the museum. December 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, MD. More information.

Meet a bird, paint a bird

Join a naturalist at Soldiers Delight for a hands-on, step-by-step evening of painting. Start by taking a close look at the subject of the painting, one of Scales & Tales’s raptors! All materials will be provided * Beginners are welcome and encouraged! $ 10. Recommended for ages 10 and up! December 26, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (registration required by 12/23 /), Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, Owings Mills, MD. More information and registration.

Kwanzaa Story Time

The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum invites you to come visit, listen to stories and make crafts to take home. For adults and children from 6 years old. To free. December 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Can’t you come on the 26th? Enjoy story time in Benjamin’s Cabin on January 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Gather around the fire in the cabin hearth and listen to stories, poems and puzzles that young Benjamin Banneker may have heard him growing up in Colonial America. Adults and children 8 years and over; free. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Baltimore, MD. More information and additional events.