ANS Naturalist Hour virtual learning opportunities

Online, interactive talks featuring nature experts.
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Registrants for upcoming Naturalist Hour programs will receive a confirmation by 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. You can also purchase recording packages of past Naturalist Hour presentations at the link below!

JANUARY 2021

Thursday, January 28, 2021
at 7 p.m.

Surprising Ways We Restore
Western Maryland's Natural Treasures

Deborah Landau
Conservation Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy

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Deborah Landau will discuss the work The Nature Conservancy does in western Maryland to ensure the health and resiliency of our natural areas. This work ranges from bringing back natural processes, like fire, to restoring historic hydrology. She'll discuss the importance of looking back through history to better understand how to move restoration projects forward, how the Appalachian Mountains serve as a super highway of species flow, and how modern-day genetics work can help us protect isolated populations of native trees.


 

FEBRUARY 2021

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
at 7 p.m.

Eastern Himalayas: Biodiversity Hotspot
at the Crossroads of Two Worlds

Steve Lonker
Naturalist, former Researcher at Harvard University

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Join Steven Lonker, former researcher at Harvard University, Australian National University and Carnegie Institution for Science, on a virtual trip across the Eastern Himalayas of India in the footsteps of 19th century botanist-explorer Sir Joseph Hooker. Experience birds from accentors to yuhinas; rhododendron forests with white, pink, red and yellow flowers; and displays of primulas, orchids and bizarre cobra-lilies. Witness encounters with Asian elephants and threatened Indian rhinos. And learn about recently described endangered and critically endangered species including the Arunachal macaque.


 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
at 7 p.m.

Neighborhood Nature: Plant, Insects,
and Fungi in Our City Backyards

Martha Weiss
Professor, Department of Biology, Georgetown University

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During the pandemic, Dr. Martha Weiss, Professor of Biology at Georgetown University, has found inspiration, solace, and delight on daily walks through her urban neighborhood. Enjoy the amazing ecological activity she observes along busy city streets, including flowers popping open like clockwork, lacewing larvae camouflaged under bits of bark and lichen, and colorful fungi erupting from the bases of old oaks, among many other natural wonders right under our noses!


 

Thursday, February 4, 2021
at 7 p.m.

Mammals of Maryland:
The Losses and Gains

Steve Sheffield
Professor of Biology, Bowie State University

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Bowie State University Professor of Biology Steve Sheffield will detail examples of recent extirpations (losses) of mammals from Maryland, including information about their former ranges, the causes of their extirpation, and data on the last time these species were seen in the state. Join us to learn about efforts to reintroduce some of these animals to Maryland habitats.


 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
at 7 p.m.

How We Can Help Wild Elephants
and Why We Should

Patricia Welty
Executive Director, A Vegan Life, Inc.

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Patricia Welty, Executive Director of A Vegan Life, will share why elephant populations are declining, as well as their role as a keystone species that heavily influences other wildlife species and their habitats. Learn about fundraising efforts to help elephants in Africa, including Patricia's Appalachian Trail hike. Patricia will discuss how CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) has let elephants down and what can WE do to help them.


 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
at 7 p.m.

Understanding Misunderstood
Wildlife in the DMV

Alonso Abugattas
Founder, The Capital Naturalist

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Get comfortable and ready to enjoy this talk by Capital Naturalist Founder, Alonso Abugattas, as he demystifies some misunderstood wildlife in our region. Many animals are the subjects of fear or disgust until people know more about their positive contributions and roles in natural communities. Explore the little-understood world of regional wildlife.


 

Thursday, February 11, 2021
at 7 p.m.

Murder Hornets
The Battle Begins!

Samuel Ramsey
vanEngelsdorp's Lab University of Maryland

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The Asian Giant Hornet grabbed the morbid curiosity of the public after being featured on Good Morning America. Join entomologist Dr. Samuel Ramsey to explore how the sensationalism around these “Murder Hornets” could aid the fight against exotic pests if the research community capitalizes on the unprecedented interest to educate the public about invasive species.


 

Friday, February 12, 2021
at 7 p.m.

Wild Sex
How Nature Does It

Kerry Wixted
Education and Outreach Specialist, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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Nature is WILD and, sometimes, competition for reproduction is fierce. From the birds to the bees (and even the orchids!), join MD-DNR Education and Outreach Specialist, Kerry Wixted, to learn how different plants and animals procreate in odd, interesting, and sometimes deadly ways.


 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
at 7 p.m.

Naturally Latinos presents
Winter Mushrooms:
Observing Cold Loving Fungi Close to Home
with Serenella Linares

Serenella Linares
Manager of Virtual Programs, Audubon Naturalist Society

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Join mycologist and Naturally Latinos Conference Co-Chair, Serenella Linares, in her adventures through the forests of Maryland (and beyond) this winter. Take a peek at the cold- loving mushrooms she has discovered and learn to find them in your neck of the woods!