Naturalist Hour

Register today for online, interactive talks featuring leading nature experts!

Amazing teachers virtually sharing their nature expertise on a wide range of topics makes our Naturalist Hour presentations a great resource for you!

Registrants for upcoming Naturalist Hour programs will receive a confirmation email with Zoom log-in information.

Program timing doesn't work for you? No problem!
A link to the recorded program will be sent to all registrants by the end of the month during which the program occurs.

JULY 2021

Thursday, July 29 at 7 p.m.

Zero Waste
Recycling Workshop

Stephanie Miller
Founder, Zero Waste in DC

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Dig into the contents of your recycling bin during this hands-on workshop with Zero Waste in DC Founder Stephanie Miller. Identify what's recyclable, what's not, and how to reduce waste at home. Everyone will have an opportunity to ask specific questions related to their own recycling. Finally, we'll know whether to recycle that little thing that holds the bread bag together!


Tuesday, August 3 at 7 p.m.

Introduction to
Zero-Waste Cooking

Anne-Marie Bonneau

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Cookbook writer and blogger Anne-Marie Bonneau, aka the Zero-Waste Chef, explains why the kitchen provides your best opportunity to achieve a lower-waste lifestyle. Have you heard about zero waste in the media and want to dip your toe in the water (unbottled tap, of course) but wonder, “Where do I even start?" Anne Marie will show you the best starting point: THE KITCHEN!

Thursday, August 12 at 7 p.m.

A Virtual Journey to
Biodiverse Costa Rica

Jorge Bogantes Montero
Naturalist, Anacostia Watershed Society

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Costa Rica Native and Naturalist Jorge Bogantes Montero helps us experience the magic of his home country. Bigger than Maryland and smaller than West Virginia, the small Central American nation has long captivated naturalists from around the world. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea in the Ring of Fire, Costa Rica has been shaped by plate tectonics and volcanic activity, resulting in complex biogeography and extravagant biodiversity that makes a naturalist feel like a kid in a candy store. Jorge will take you on a virtual journey of pure nature enjoyment.

Tuesday, August 17 at 7 p.m.

Dust in the Wind:
Tiny Particles, Big Impacts

Serenella Linares
Director of Adult Education, Audubon Naturalist Society

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Did you know that Saharan dust storms have a big impact on soil, water, and human health in the Americas? Experience this enormous transcontinental transport of tiny particles with ANS Adult Programs Director Serenella Linares! Every year, many tons of dust travel from Africa to the Americas carrying a slew of creatures and minerals. Those particles fertilize marine plankton in the Atlantic, as well as the canopy of trees in the Amazon rainforest. Dust storms are also vectors for pathogens in their trajectory.

Wednesday, August 18 at 7 p.m.

Spiders! From Wolf to Web Weaver:
An Overview of Spider Natural History

Catherine Stragar
Entomologist, Maryland Department of Agriculture

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Join Maryland Department of Agriculture Entomologist, Cathy Stragar, in an exploration of the world of spiders: their origins, habits, and homes. Learn about some of our local spiders and gain an appreciation for their sometimes brief but fascinating lives.

Thursday, August 19 at 7 p.m.

Community Forestry in Puerto Rico:
All Trees in Our Neighborhoods are Important

Christina de Jesus Villanueva and Maya Quiñones
U.S. Forest Service

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Christina de Jesus Villanueva and Maya Quiñones of the U.S. Forest Service discuss the benefits of urban trees in our neighborhoods and showcase the Capetillo Community Food Forest in the heart of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Thursday, August 26 at 7 p.m.

Tropical Treetops: The Creatures and
Complexities of Panama's Canopy

Terry Lawson Dunn

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Enjoy this look at the tree canopy of Panama from EcoTripMatch founder, Terry Lawson Dunn. Half of all the species in tropical rainforests live in the canopy, far above the forest floor. With improved access in recent decades, scientists have discovered more about the animals that live there and the global impact of the trees themselves. And now, even tourists in Panama can spend their days and nights in the treetops. Come learn about this intriguing place!