PATCH: Latino Conservation Week Approaches + Native American Festival On Tap
MARYLAND — Marylanders can get in touch with the environment during the upcoming Latino Conservation Week. A Native American festival is also slated for this weekend. Other outdoorsy news highlights a baby osprey, a moth hike and a snakehead tagging effort.
Patch recently partnered with several local organizations to bring you their latest news. This guest contribution comes from National Park Service Chesapeake Gateways and Chesapeake Conservancy. Here's what Jody Hedeman Couser submitted to help you explore the Chesapeake Bay:
The week of July 16-24, is about providing an opportunity for Latinos to come together and to demonstrate their passion for the outdoors – both its enjoyment and preservation. Many activities are being offered throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed to help foster that connection: Latino Conservation Week Kick-Off Fiesta! at Wheaton Regional Park, MD July 16; Explorando el Patterson Park, Baltimore, July 16; Kayak on the Lake (paddle and life jacket provided) with Montgomery Parks in Rockville, MD on July 19; River Snorkel and Clean-up, July 23 in Seneca Rocks, WV; Watershed Wiggles, beginner-friendly bike ride at Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Maryland, and more! Map with more events and event details."
The Howard County Pow Wow and Show is an opportunity to interact with American Indian dancers, singers, drummers, artists and crafts persons. Also, this event helps the Pow-Wow share the American Indian past and present through the arts. The event will kick off with a parade of nations at noon. American Indian dancers in regalia will dance and drum each day. Tribes to be represented include the Piscataway, Rappahannock, Cherokee, Sioux, Iroquois and Navajo. Buffalo stew, fry bread, Indian tacos, Indian corn soup, and buffalo burgers are just a few of the American Indian food items that will be on sale at the event. The Pow Wow will offer classes in bead work, moccasin making, dream catchers and husk dolls (for a fee). American Indian crafts will be available for purchase, including fine art, turquoise jewelry, moccasins, beadwork, rugs, books, paintings and more. Ages 13+, $12.00; 3 to 12, $7; 2 and under, free. July 16th, 10 a.m. to 6:30 pm; July 17th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD. More information."
"Osprey Cam Breaking (Good) News!
We were all heartbroken when predators claimed Tom and Audrey's first clutch of eggs. But the osprey couple soon set about starting a new clutch and Audrey did, in fact, lay a new egg on May 31, officially starting a second clutch of eggs this season. A few days later on June 3, Audrey laid a second egg for the new clutch. Following a month of incubation, a chick hatched at 3:41 a.m. on July 8. Here's [to] hoping the next egg hatches soon! Get the round up of this season's Tom and Audrey drama from the Crazy Osprey Family Blog. Then watch all the latest happenings with the new chick(s) on our webcam."
Celebrate National Moth Week as you look for these fascinating insects. Discover the world of moths: from the nighttime beauty of the luna moth, to giants such as the cecropia moth, to the amazing defenses of the tiger moth, plus meet some colorful moth caterpillars from Irvine Nature Center's butterfly house. Then hike some gentle trails hunting for these nighttime insects. At the gazebo staff will use lights and sheets to draw moths from the pollinator meadow and discuss how you can attract and support moths in your yard. This program is intended for children 12+ and adults. $10. July 23, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, MD. More information and registration."
"Rewards for Snakeheads
This is an opportunity to not only help control an invasive species, but get compensated for your efforts. This May the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced a new tagging program in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in an effort to monitor invasive northern snakeheads in the Chesapeake Bay and Blackwater River. Yellow or blue tags are being placed on up to 500 northern snakeheads, and each tagged northern snakehead caught and harvested from now until 2024 could be rewarded with a gift card of $10 or $200 depending on the tag. In order to qualify, the harvester must report the tag number to USFWS at 800-448-8322, and is asked to take a picture of their harvested and tagged northern snakehead. More information.
Written by Jacob Baumgart for Patch.